It's almost time once again for the industry's premier awards show that doesn't feature regular appearances by Jersey Shore cast members: the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The event's organizers have released the mercifully Mountain Dew-based-category-free list of nominees, which includes a number of potential merits for Limbo, Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

Check out the full list of nominees after the jump and discuss your favorites in the comments! (Oh, that's your pick for Best Visual Arts? Well, we can't say we agree with you, there.)

2011 GDCA Nominees

Best Game Design
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
Innovation
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn (Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Dance Central (Harmonix)
Best Technology
  • Starcraft II (Blizzard)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
Best Handheld Game
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Ready At Dawn/SCE Santa Monica)
  • Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima Productions)
  • Game Dev Story (Kairosoft)
  • Dragon Quest IX (Level 5)
Best Audio
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Halo: Reach (Bungie)
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Best Downloadable Game
  • Costume Quest (Double Fine)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
Best Writing
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Costume Quest (Double Fine)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian)
Best Debut Game
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Darksiders (Vigil Games)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
  • Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)
Best Visual Arts
  • God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Game of the Year
  • Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
  • Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
  • Limbo (Playdead)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.