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THE BUZZ: The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences have officially announced the finalists for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards.

Over 100 games were played across all platforms by select panels that were dedicated to coming up with the nominees and winners in 26 different gaming related categories. From the music to the controls to the cinematic cut scenes and finally to the coveted Game of the Year Award, every nuance that can make a game great was broken down for this year’s IAAs and will be celebrated when the awards are given out on Thursday, February 9th, during the 2012 DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Our industry has really outdone itself this year and continues to exceed expectations with its creativity and craftsmanship,” said AIAS President Martin Rae.

Of course, some games were able to rise above others and transcended into multiple categories. Leading the pack were Portal 2 with 10 nominations followed by L.A. Noire’s nine and then six each for Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Battlefield 3.

The awards show will once again be hosted this year by actor, comedian, and fellow game enthusiast Jay Mohr.

Some of the nominees and categories are below, but if you’d like the full list, you can click here: 15th Annual IAA’s Full List of Award Nominees

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Bastion
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Action Game of the Year

  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Saints Row: The Third

EGM’S TAKE: The IAAs have become like the Oscars of the gaming industry and every year they put on a spectacular show that highlights the year in gaming like no other. It should be interesting to see just how many awards the heavyweights like Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham City come away with though with their multiple nominations.

THE BUZZ: Young Vector Farr (yes, his name really is Vector, which is awesome in and of itself) is clearly a hardcore gamer in training. And his favorite games? Portal. He loves them so much that he had his father help him make a Portal themed bedroom/bathroom.

EGM’S TAKE: Aside from being adorable, this is actually an epic bedroom that leaves a few of us here in the office a little jealous that our dads didn’t help us make a Mario Bros. or Legend of Zelda themed room growing up (that and the fact the kid has his own bathroom).

The best part of the video (which is embedded below) though may come 1:10 in when poor Vector bangs his shin and he cries out “Glados!” as if it was the A.I.’s fault for making his room too difficult to overcome.

To see Vector’s Portal themed bathroom, you can click the link in the video, where he lovingly refers to it as his “Portal Potty”, with its Aperture Science labels all over it.

What do you guys think of young Vector’s bedroom? Do you wish you had a video game themed bedroom growing up and if so, which one? Do you still wish you had a video game themed room of some kind? Let us know with comments below!

Originally Published: May 3, 2011, on Momsbasement.org

I come to you once again with your weekly geek fix. This week’s episode sees me announce a partnership with Momsbasement.org and review Secret Avengers #12 from Marvel Comics and Portal 2 from Valve. My hot chick pick of the week is Desiree Elyda Villalobos and this week’s theme is the end credit theme to Portal 1, Still Alive.