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Spike revs up the VGAs

Today’s revelation that Spike TV has tapped Survivor creator Mark Burnett to exec produce this year’s Video Game Awards was just the tip of the iceberg. VGA-2011

The show, which is the highest profile celebration of the industry each year, has also teased a few of the world premieres it plans to unveil and announced its contenders for Game of the Year.

Among the premiere trailers that will debut at the show will be a sequel to “Alan Wake,” a bit of a surprise, given the original’s underwhelming performance last year. The show will also debut a new game from developer BioWare and more information about the long-in-development “Metal Gear Solid: Rising” will be announced. (The game was announced at E3 in 2009, but very little has been said about it since.)

The game of the year contenders are a fairly obvious selection: “Batman: Arkham City,” “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword,” “Portal 2” and “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” are in the running.

Missing from that list are the year’s two biggest games, though – “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and “Battlefield 3”. And, given that review copies of “Skyward Sword” are just hitting critics’ desks – and the vote for game of the year has already likely taken place, there could be some controversy surrounding its selection.

Spike will doll out more nominees and exclusive premieres in the weeks to come. The show will air live on Dec. 12.

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