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Cast Your Vote for the Game Developers Choice Online Audience Award Winner

There are only a few short weeks left until the 3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Online Awards commence on October 10th at the Austin Convention Center in Texas, as part of the 2012 Game Developers Conference Online!  This premier award ceremony honors the accomplishments of development teams from MMOs to free-to-play to social games under numerous categories.

Here's a recap of last year's festivities:

Want to get involved this year?  You have the power of voting an Audience Award winner!  Check out the nominees below for some ideas, and then head to http://www.gdconlineawards.com/audience.php.  Your choice can be any currently-operating persistent online game, whether it be a subscription MMO, free-to-play web game title, social network game, or anything else.  Don't wait, because voting closes tomorrow, September 14th!

NOMINEES

Best Online Game Design

The Best Online Game Design Award honors the overall excellence of design in an online game that launched in public beta or full version in the year to May 2010. This category recognizes the best social-specific gameplay mechanics, quest design, and other major game design elements.

  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Woodland Heroes (Row Sham Bow)

Best Online Visual Arts

The Best Online Visual Arts Award recognizes the overall excellence of visual art in online games including, but not limited to, character and animation design, interface design, and 2D or 3D art creation and direction of all kinds.

  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Age of Empires Online (Robot Entertainment & Gas Powered Games)
  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)

Best Community Relations

The Best Community Relations Award honors the currently operating online game that provides the highest quality community feedback and experience, including customer support, forum moderation and leadership, weblog and information updates, real-life events, and other community outreach.

  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Solitaire Blitz (PopCap/EA)
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming.net Belarus)
  • Diamond Dash (Wooga)

Best Online Technology

The Best Online Technology Award recognizes the overall excellence of technology in an online game. This includes excellence in complexity of network infrastructure, persistent world coding, graphics technology, artificial intelligence, or any other elements.

  • Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)
  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

Best Social Network Game

The Best Social Network Game Award recognizes the best game that launched on a social network, such as Facebook or MySpace, honoring the most outstanding title in terms of overall depth, execution and quality in the space.

  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)
  • Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

Best Audio for an Online Game

The Best Audio for an Online Game Award recognizes the overall excellence of audio in an online game including sound effects, musical composition, and overall sound design for an online title.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Tribes: Ascend (Hi-Rez Studios)
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Playdom/Disney)
  • Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)

Best New Online Game

The Best New Online Game Award recognizes excellence in any online-specific game, including MMOs, free to play titles and social network games.

  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)

Best Live Game

The Best Live Game Award recognizes the best currently-operating online game -- distinguishing itself by releasing exceptional new content through expansion packs, patches, or other updates in the 12 months to May 2012, as well as a vibrant player community, high-quality community management and network operation during that period.

  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • CityVille (Zynga)
  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • EVE Online (CCP Games)

Online Innovation Award

The Online Innovation Award honors one particular online game that shows key aspects of innovation in the fast-expanding online games space - a title that pushes the game design and social boundaries of how we play video games online against others.

  • Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DayZ Mod for ArmA II (Dean Hall/Bohemia Interactive)
  • Idle Worship (Idle Games)

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