DICE award nominees announced, Red Dead leads the pack

The nominees for the 2011 Interactive Achievement Awards -- the annual awards ceremony held during the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit -- have been announced. The list includes a number of surprises (including a Game of the Year nod for Angry Birds HD), but, somewhat less surprisingly, Red Dead Redemption leads the pack with nine nominations across the show's various categories.

Check out all the nominees after the jump for even more familiar and unfamiliar titles. (Alan ... Wake? That's a game? Never heard of it, bub.)

Game of the Year
Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Publisher: Activision; Developer: Treyarch)
God of War III (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio)
Mass Effect 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Bioware)
Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
Dance Central (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios/MTV Games; Developer: Harmonix Music Systems)
Heavy Rain (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: Quantic Dream)
LIMBO (Publisher: Playdead; Developer: Playdead)
Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Action Game of the Year
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Digital Illusions CE)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Publisher: Activision; Developer: Treyarch))
God of War III (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio)
Halo: Reach (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Bungie)
Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Adventure Game of the Year
Alan Wake (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Remedy Entertainment)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Publisher: Ubisoft; Developer: Ubisoft Montreal)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Publisher: Namco Bandai; Developer: Ninja Theory)
Heavy Rain (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: Quantic Dream)
LIMBO (Publisher: Playdead; Developer: Playdead)

Casual Game of the Year
Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
Bejeweled 3 (Publisher: PopCap Games; Developer: PopCap Games)
Kinect Sports (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studio; Developer: Rare)
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Publisher: Namco Bandai; Developer: Namco Bandai)
Plants vs. Zombies (Publisher: PopCap Games; Developer: PopCap Games)

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Publisher: Nintendo; Developer: Square Enix)
Fable III (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Lionhead Studios)
Fallout: New Vegas (Publisher: Bethesda Softworks; Developer: Obsidian Entertainment)
Mass Effect 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Bioware)
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment; Developer: Blizzard Entertainment)

Social Networking Game of the Year
Cityville (Publisher: Zynga; Developer: Zynga)
Family Feud (Publisher: iWin/Backstage Technologies; Developer: iWin/Backstage Technologies)
FrontierVille (Publisher: Zynga; Developer: Zynga)
Nightclub City (Publisher: Booyah; Developer: Booyah)
Ravenwood Fair (Publisher; Lolapps; Developer: Lolapps)

Download the full list of nominees and categories here [PDF]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.