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Mass Effect, Skate Top Canadian Awards Finalists

Representatives from the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts have announced the finalists of its 2nd Annual Elan Awards show, with Mass Effect and EA's Skate both highly nominated amongst a number of categories.
Representatives from the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts have announced the finalists of its 2nd Annual Elan Awards show, with Mass Effect and EA's Skate both highly nominated amongst a number of categories. The awards ceremony will take place February 15th at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane will host the show. The full list of finalists is as follows: GAME OF THE YEAR 1. Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft 2. Company of Heroes: Opposing Forces - Relic Entertainment 3. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 4. Skate - Electronic Arts BEST CONSOLE GAME 1. Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft 2. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 3. Scarface - Radical Entertainment 4. Skate - Electronic Arts BEST PC GAME 1. Company of Heroes - Relic Entertainment 2. War Hammer 40,000 Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - Relic Entertainment 3. Power Rangers: Super Legends - Disney Interactive BEST SOUND DESIGN 1. Crash of the Titans - Radical Entertainment 2. Need for Speed ProStreet - Electronic Arts 3. Skate - Electronic Arts 4. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE 1. Assasins Creed - Ubisoft 2. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 3. Company of Heroes - Relic Entertainment 4. War Hammer 40,000 Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - Relic Entertainment BEST CHARACTER 1. Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) - Bioware/Microsoft Games 2. Crash Bandicoot (Crash of the Titans) - Radical Entertainment 3. Death Jr. (Science Fair of Doom) - Backbone Entertainment 4. Tony Montana (Scarface) - Radical Entertainment BEST ART DIRECTION 1. Assassin's Creed - Ubisoft 2. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - Relic Entertainment 3. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 4. Skate - Electronic Arts BEST HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR 1. Chicken Little: Ace in Action - Disney Interactive 2. High School Musical Sing It - Disney Interactive 3. Socom U.S. Navy Seals: Tactical Strike - Slant Six Games 4. Sonic Rivals - Backbone Games BEST GAME DESIGN OF THE YEAR 1. Assassins Creed - Ubisoft 2. Mario Strikers Carged - Next Level Games 3. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 4. Skate - Electronic Arts BEST MOBILE/CASUAL/ARCADE GAME OF THE YEAR 1. Skate - Electronic Arts Mobile 2. Candace Kane's Candy Factory - Gnosis Games BEST WRITING FOR A GAME PRODUCTION 1. Company of Heroes - Relic Entertainment 2. Company of Heroes: Opposing Forces - Relic Entertainment 3. Mass Effect - Bioware/ Microsoft Games 4. Scarface - Radical Entertainment OUTSTANDING INNOVATION IN GAMING 1. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts - Relic Entertainment 2. Mass Effect - Bioware/Microsoft Games 3. Skate - Electronic Arts 4. War Hammer 40,000 Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - Relic Entertainment INTERNATIONAL VIDEO GAME OF THE YEAR 1. The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar - Turbine, Inc. 2. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction - Insomniac Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America 3. Crysis - Crytek/Electronic Arts USA The Elan Awards were originally created to award Canadian-only development, but have expanded this year with its International “Best of” categories. More information on the show can be found at its official website.

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