Video Game Awards – Game Announcement Rumors and Research

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Rumors are beginning to surface about games that are set to be announced or unveiled after the Video Game Awards on Spike TV December 12th. Instead of giving every rumor its own news item we’re collecting them here for you.

Personally, I don’t care about the award at all as they’re ridiculous, can generally be guessed based on unit sales and are all around, useless. That’s why we don’t really have yearly awards here. We review the games and give your our thoughts. After that, it’s up to you to decide if we’re write or full of it. Spike TV’s awards are just spectacle and fluff to me.

Uncharted 3

This isn’t really a stretch of the imagination as we all know that it will come. Since 2007 the Uncharted franchise has been wowing gamers. Uncharted Drake’s Fortune maintains an 89.7% while Uncharted 2 holds 96.4% on Gamerankings. A third game in the series is a given. Since Uncharted 2 has been out for over a year now, it’s about time they make the reveal and start generating interest for a probably Oct/Nov 2011 launch (seeing as the previous titles were 07 and 09).

New NFL Title

We all know there will be another Madden from EA, because, well, there always is. But could 2K be returning to the NFL franchise along with ESPN? Perhaps the Backbreaker crew had got themselves an NFL license? Some others believe that the NFL Blitz series will see a revival. It could certainly do wonders for EA Sports to have two different games aimed at two very different crowds, but it seems like a large duplication of work. Or...is their deal with Madden coming to a close?

Mass Effect 3

An allegedly Sony-sanctioned Russian Playstation Twitter account has listed some information about the VGAs saying that Bioware showed a trailer with Mass Effect 3 footage. We already know the game is on its way as its always been called a trilogy, but will we finally get to see what it will look like and include? It’s possible if you listen to what the Twitterverse is saying.

Star Wars The Force Unleashed 3

During the trailer there is certainly a clip of a Jedi or Sith using some sort of Force ability like Force Lightning.


Then again, these could all be clips of games that are up for awards because there’s also a clip of what is obviously Hot Pursuit. The other footage could be of games up for awards as well. Take a look:

 

One of three? L4D3?Or one of three in a series of posters. Flip the image upside down and notice the bullet holes form an arrow and.... an L4D pattern?

 


Fact:

There’s an Aztec barcode buried in the trailer. It flashes for about one frame and I nabbed it, loaded it into NeoReader on my Nokia N97 Mini and found a webpage.

So what is it?

Well, there’s an image on the site and link to click which takes you to the VGA page. There’s also a 10x10 tracking image for their metrics.

There’s nothing all that interesting about this image aside from some bad compression artifacting around the word Murder which could mean it was brought in from another image instead of actually typed into the image. There is also compression artifacting around the Look closer, but not to the same extent.

If you’re interested in the full lineup of nominees and award categories you can find them here:

Click on the category names to see video trailers for each nominee!
 
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