1UP NETWORK ANNOUNCES 2008 GAME OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

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NEW YORK, December 23, 2008– The 1UP Network, the recognized leader in print and online videogame content, today announced the nominations for the 4th annual 1UP Awards, honoring the year’s most popular games as judged by the millions of gamers who comprise the 1UP Network’s websites. Voting is open to the gaming public ( http://votefor2008.1UP.com) now through 11:59 PST on January 6, 2009. Award winners will be announced online later in January.

"2008 was an incredibly rich and diverse year for interactive entertainment," states Sam Kennedy, editorial and site director of the 1UP Network. "In addition to strong additions to several key franchises and the continued growth of casual gaming among broader audiences, this year also saw investment in bold new IP, the popularization of user-generated content and the proliferation of downloadable games across all major platforms. It is truly no exaggeration to say that 2008 will go down as a banner year for games, which is why it is going to be particularly exciting to see what our community decides. Whatever the outcome, we know that the developers who worked so hard to create these titles will feel the love and admiration of their most devoted fans."

Since 2004, the 1UP Awards has given a voice to the true game critics– the gamers themselves– to use their own experiences and opinions to decide the best console, PC and hand-held games of the year. Gamers will be able to vote for their favorite titles, selected by the 1UP Network's esteemed group of editors, in more than 30 categories.

2008's stellar line-up of games has resulted in multiple nominations for several leading game publishers, including 41 for Sony Computer Entertainment America, 39 for Electronic Arts, 26 for Microsoft, and 23 for Nintendo.

Among the nominees for the 2008 1UP Awards:

Best Action Game

Bionic Commando: Rearmed

Devil May Cry 4

God of War: Chains of Olympus

Kirby Super Star Ultra

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Mega Man 9

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Mirror's Edge

Ninja Gaiden II

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

Best MMORPG

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria

Pirates of the Burning Sea

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

World of WarCraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Best Music Game

Audiosurf

Battle of the Bands

Guitar Hero: On Tour

Guitar Hero: World Tour

KORG DS-10 Synthesizer

Patapon

Rock Band 2

Samba de Amigo

SingStar

Wii Music

Best Racing Game

Baja: Edge of Control

Burnout: Paradise

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue

GRID

GTR Evolution

Mario Kart Wii

Midnight Club: Los Angeles

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift

Pure

Wipeout HD

Best Role-Playing Game

Chrono Trigger (DS)

Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard

Fable II

Fallout 3

Lost Odyssey

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Tales of Vesperia

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

The World Ends With You

Best Sports Game

FIFA Soccer 09

Hot Shots Golf: Outof Bounds

Madden NFL 09

NBA 2K9

NCAA Football 09

NHL 09

Sega Superstars Tennis

Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09

We Ski

Best Strategy Game

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

Age of Booty

Civilization Revolution

Civilization IV: Colonization

Command&Conquer: Red Alert 3

EndWar

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

Lock's Quest

Sins of a Solar Empire

Valkyria Chronicles

Best Multiplayer

Boom Blox

Burnout: Paradise

Gears of War 2

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Left 4 Dead

LittleBigPlanet

Resistance 2

Rock Band 2

SOCOM: Confrontation

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

The complete list of nominees is available at: www.1UP.com. For more information about the 1UP Network, please log on to: www.the1UPnetwork.com.

PR Contact:

Bill Lessard PRwithBrains wlessard@prwithbrains.com (914) 476-6089

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About 1UP Network

1UP Network is the largest integrated gaming media publisher in the United States, reaching over 24 million gamers. 1UP Network includes EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) and 1UP Network Online properties, including social networking and editorial hub 1UP.com, file download destination FileFront.com, video site GameVideos.com, community-driven game help site MyCheats.com, news and reviews aggregator GameTab.com, and a set of podcasts including leading videocast The 1UP Show.

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