DICE Awards 2022 Nominees Include Call of Duty and Ratchet and Clank

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has finally announced the nominees for its upcoming 25th annual DICE Awards, which is expected to start on February 24 in Las Vegas. Last year’s DICE Awards saw games like Hades, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us II dominate the winning list.

The DICE Awards began in 1996 and have tilted the spotlight toward all types of developers and games since, recognizing that all games are works of art made by hard-working individuals and should be treated as such. Over the years, gamers have referred to the event as the “Academy Awards for video games,” and have held high expectations and excitement for it each year.

The Academy Membership begins voting from a list of narrowed-down nominees within each category. These members are usually made up of active creators, technicians, and affiliates within the industry. They begin by voting for their top-tier nominee within their own expertise and finish by voting, if they want, for the best out of five in the rest of the category genres. The votes are then counted and announced at the awards. In other words, the winners are determined by experienced experts within the industry who understand the work that goes into making video games.

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On top of it all, there are special categories individuals could eventually be awarded for by their contribution to the gaming industry, these include “Hall of Fame,” “Lifetime Achievement,” “Pioneer,” and “Technical Impact.” Each has its own requirements, but all are a huge honor.

The DICE Awards are a big opportunity for games and developers to be given special honor in the gaming industry each year, as well as a chance to be recognized by the “top dogs” in the gaming world who really know how much work goes into each project. It’s certainly a huge honor just to be nominated, so in a way, all nominees are winners.

Having said that, let’s see who has a shot to bring home a “video game Oscar” in each category:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Animation”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Character”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Story”:

For “Outstanding Technical Achievement”:

For “Action Game of the Year”:

For “Adventure Game of the Year”:

For “Family Game of the Year”:

For “Fighting Game of the Year”:

For “Racing Game of the Year”:

For “Role-Playing Game of the Year”:

For “Sports Game of the Year”:

For “Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year”:

For “Immersive Reality Technical Achievement”:

For “Immersive Reality Game of the Year”:

For “Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game”:

For “Mobile Game of the Year”:

For “Online Game of the Year”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design”:

For “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction”:

For “Game of the Year”:

Looks like the nostalgic Ratchet & Clank dominates the nominee list this year. We’ll see who takes home the awards on February 24.

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