NEWS - Monday, January 21, 2008

Microsoft Announces Inaugural XBL Arcade Awards

Microsoft has announced the inaugural Xbox Live Arcade Awards.

The finalists in each category were selected by a panel of consumer and videogame industry journalists, but the winners will be determined by popular vote. Fans can cast their votes on the Xbox web site between January 22 and January 30.

Microsoft plans to announce the winners of the awards at the Game Developer Conference in February.

The award categories open for public voting include:

Best Overall Arcade Game

Puzzle Quest
Pac-Man CE
Bomberman Live
Alien Hominid

Best Classic Game

Prince of Persia
Jet Pac Refuelled
Sensible World of Soccer
Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Best Original Game

Pac-Man CE
Boom Boom Rocket
Aegis Wing
Band of Bugs
Hexic 2

Best Family Friendly Game

Pac-Man CE
Bomberman Live
Hexic 2

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game

Puzzle Quest
Bomberman Live
Super Puzzle Fighter II

Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game

Alien Hominid
Golden Axe
Aegis Wing
Double Dragon
Arkadian Warriors

Fans will also be able to enter write-in candidates in the above categories to vote for a game not otherwise listed. Only XBLA games released in 2007 are eligible.

Other award categories not open to voting include:

Best selling game
Most played game
Highest rated game
Staff choice


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