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Round Up: Frozen Codebase, VGA Awards, Oblivion PS3

Today's round-up includes news of Frozen Codebase approved to develop titles for the Xbox 360, the 2006 VGA Video Game Awards being hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, and Th...
Today's round-up includes news of Frozen Codebase approved to develop titles for the Xbox 360, the 2006 VGA Video Game Awards being hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the PlayStation 3 delayed until Q1 2007, as well as the latest Game Career Guide updates, Serious Games Source posts, GameSetWatch posts and Gamasutra job postings. - Game developer Frozen Codebase, which is currently working on its first video game project, announced that it is now an approved developer for the Xbox 360. Frozen Codebase is based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was founded by industry veteran Ben Geisler. According to the company, it has been working on Xbox 360 game production since early 2006 with a staff of industry veterans from Raven Software, Radical Entertainment, GarageGames, and Astral Entertainment. "Frozen Codebase is receiving fantastic feedback on our first game and is poised for success," said Geisler. "We have a strong working relationship with Microsoft whose Xbox 360 console provides an exciting game development platform. GarageGames is providing the underlying Torque game engine." - North American television channel Spike TV has announced that its upcoming 2006 VGA Video Game Awards, which will be held on Friday, December 8 at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, will be hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Though held and recorded on that date, the awards themselves will be shown on Spike TV on Wednesday, December 13 at 10 pm ET/PT. Voting for this year’s nominees can be done on the awards official website until Thursday, December 7. Bethesda's epic role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion tops this year’s nominations with ten, including “Game of the Year,” “Most Addictive,” and “Best Performance by a Human – Male” for actor Patrick Stewart, as well as “Studio of the Year” for Bethesda Softworks and designer Todd Howard. THQ's Company of Heroes and Microsoft Epic-developed Gears of War have six nominations each. - According to a statement released by developer Bethesda Softworks, the recently announced PlayStation 3 version of its epic RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has been delayed until the first quarter of 2007. The game was originally scheduled to be a major launch title for Sony's new console, which launches on November 17. Interestingly, when the game was originally announced for the Xbox 360, it too was designated as a launch title, and was later delayed until the following year. 2007 will also see the release of a previously announced PSP version of the game titled The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion. - The latest updates on Gamasutra sister alt.gaming weblog GameSetWatch include an XNA promotional video that shows off some titles made using the new development tool, the announcement of MTV's Gamer’s Week 2.0, and a contest reminder to win Microsoft's Gears of War. - The latest updates from Gamasutra sister website Game Career Guide include Part 2 of a continuing feature on the necessary steps to getting a job in the game industry, and the release of the third edition of Game Programming All in One. - Also updated today: the latest Gamasutra job postings, including openings from Cryptic Studios, Gamasutra, Human Head Studios, Red Storm Entertainment, and TimeGate Studios.

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