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Trevor Noah to host 6th Annual New York Game Awards

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South African comedian and Daily Show host, Trevor Noah will host the 6th Annual New York Game Awards with Devin Delliquanti, also from The Daily Show. Things should be, 'interesting' to say the least. Noah was assigned to write the comedy "for a night of serious game honors - and merriment," states the press release.

6th Annual New York Game Awards

  • Date: 19 January 2017
  • Venue: Abrons Art Center Playhouse, New York
  • Pre-show starts: 7:15 p.m. East Coast Time (20/01 2.15 am SA time)
  • Twitch stream: NYVGCC

"The New York Videogame Critics Circle was founded by long-time journalist and author Harold Goldberg. The group, first founded to advocate for its members, now works with the community to mentor and to distribute college scholarships. We also hold game-oriented panels, fireside chats and do keynotes during the course of the year."

Below are the nominees and categories for the 6th Annual New York Game Awards.

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game

  • Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (Supermassive Games)
  • Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Eve: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
  • Edge of Nowhere (Insomniac Games)
  • Superhot (Superhot Team)
  • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios)

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Mafia III (2K Games)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • The Last Guardian (genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio)
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories)
  • Uncharted 4 (Naughty Dog)

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Mafia III (2K Games)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • The Last Guardian (genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • Far Cry Primal (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios)
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (Supermassive Games)
  • The Last Guardian (genDESIGN and SIE Japan Studio)
  • Mafia III (2K Games)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)
  • Hitman (IO Interactive)
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (Sundae Month)

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Erica Luttrell as Emily Kaldwin, Dishonored 2
  • Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
  • Rich Sommer as Henry, Firewatch
  • Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Larry Fessenden, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • The BioShock Collection (Irrational Games, 2K Games)
  • The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD (Nintendo)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Bethesda)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (Infinity Ward)

Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game

  • Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS) (HAL Laboratory)
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon (3DS) (Game Freak)
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation and Conquest (3DS) (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD)
  • World of Final Fantasy (Vita) (Square Enix)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apoclypse (3DS) (Atlus)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

Ultima creator, Richard Garriott, will receive the prestigious Andrew Yoon Legend Award (the previous winner was Ralph Baer from Rockstar). Attendees and spectators can expect a few surprise game premiers. 

Two comedians to host a video game award ceremony? Whatever could go wrong.

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