Samuel L. Jackson To Host The Spike TV Video Game Awards Show

Samuel L.
Jackson To Host, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliott,
Snoop Dogg & Ozzy Osbourne To Appear At Spike TV “Video Game Awards 2005

3rd Annual Awards Take Place Friday,
November 18 at Gibson Amphitheater in LA

World of Warcraft, Peter Jackson’s
King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, Call of Duty 2 and 50 Cent:
Bulletproof Lead This Year’s Nominations

Jack Black, Charlize Theron, Jessica
Alba, Naomi Watts, Eminem, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Rosario Dawson and
Sean Connery All Nominated for their Performances in Video Games

Two-Hour Awards Extravaganza
Premieres on Spike TV on Saturday, December 10 at 9PM

New York, NY, October 25, 2005 – The
biggest night of the year for video games will take place at the Spike TV “Video
Game Awards 2005” (VGA) hosted by acclaimed actor and producer Samuel L.
Jackson, who was a winner at last year’s show for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg,
Carmen Electra, Xzibit and Ozzy Osbourne are also set to appear at the third
annual awards event. Many musical acts, presenters and attendees will be
announced shortly.

The Spike TV “Video Game Awards
2005” takes place on Friday, November 18 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los
Angeles with the two-hour “games vs. games” extravaganza premiering on Spike TV
Saturday, December 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

“Video games have taken over the
world as the most creative, cutting edge platform for major names in
entertainment to showcase their talent and reach a massive audience,” says Casey
Patterson, Executive Producer VGA’s and Senior Vice President, Event Production
and Talent Development for Spike. “Sam Jackson is one of the coolest guys on the
planet; we’re thrilled to have him hosting this year’s show which promises more
stars, more rock and more games than ever before.”

Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The
Official Game of the Movie from Ubisoft tops this year’s VGA nominations with
seven including “Best Action Game,” “Best Graphics,” “Best Performance by a
Human – Male & Female” for actors Jack Black and Naomi Watts and Michel Ancel
for “Designer of the Year.” 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games);
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment); James Bond 007: From Russia with
Love (Electronic Arts) and Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.) and each have six
nominations. All categories and nominees are listed below.

This year’s awards will be held at
the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles’ Universal City which will be transformed
into the ultimate gamers haven. It will feature dozens of 100 foot tall walls of
video screens, skybox audiences and game-versus-game iconoclastic graphics.

Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated
producer and co-creator of the “Kids’ Choice” and “Video Game Awards” will serve
as an Executive Producer on this year’s telecast.

Ballots were sent out to the VGA
Advisory Board, which was responsible for advising on categories and determining
nominees in selected award categories. Winners of the VGAs are determined by
votes from the Video Game Industry Voting Council which is made up of more than
200 industry journalists. Winners in two “Viewers Choice” categories will solely
be determined by viewer voting.

The Spike TV “Video Game Awards
2005” pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers,
animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in
the world of video games. The awards also provide a glimpse at the future of
gaming – including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of
the hottest and most anticipated games of 2006 and beyond.

Following are the nominees for the
Spike TV Video Game Awards 2005:

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • God of War (Sony Computer
    Entertainment America)

  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard
    Entertainment)

  • F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST ACTION GAME

  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The
    Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • The Warriors (Rockstar Games)

  • 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • God of War (Sony Computer
    Entertainment America)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME

  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06
    (Electronic Arts)

  • SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts)

  • Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
    (Activision, Inc.)

  • Top Spin (2K Sports)

  • EA Sports Fight Night Round 2
    (Electronic Arts)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME

  • Blitz: The League (Midway)

  • Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)

  • NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)

  • World Soccer Winning Eleven 8
    International (Konami)

  • NBA Street V3 (Electronic Arts)

CYBER VIXEN OF THE YEAR

  • Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux in
    Aeon Flux (Majesco Entertainment)

  • Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman in
    Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)

  • Traci Lords as Cassandra Hartz in
    True Crime™: New York City (Activision, Inc.)

  • Joanna Dark in Perfect Dark Zero™
    (Microsoft Game Studios)

  • Maria Menounos as Eva in James
    Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE

  • Star Wars Battlefront™ II (LucasArts)

  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The
    Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • The Warriors (Rockstar Games)

  • James Bond 007: From Russia With
    Love (Electronic Arts)

  • The Matrix: Path of Neo (Atari,
    Inc.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN –
MALE

  • 50 Cent in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • Jack Black in Peter Jackson’s King
    Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • Michael Chiklis in Fantastic 4
    (Activision, Inc.)

  • Sean Connery in James Bond 007:
    From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)

  • Terrence “T.C.” Carson in God of
    War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE

  • Eminem in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • Dr. Dre in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • Christopher Walken in True Crime™:
    New York City (Activision, Inc.)

  • Michael Clarke Duncan in The
    Suffering: Ties That Bind (Midway)

  • Diddy in Marc Ecko’s Getting Up:
    Contents Under Pressure (Atari, Inc.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN –
FEMALE

  • Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux (Majesco
    Entertainment)

  • Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson’s
    King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • Josie Maran in Need for Speed Most
    Wanted (Electronic Arts)

  • Jessica Alba in Fantastic 4
    (Activision, Inc.)

  • Cornelia Hayes O’Herlihy as Fiona
    Belli in Haunting Ground (Capcom)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
PERFORMANCE

  • Maria Menounos as Eva in James
    Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)

  • Rosario Dawson in Marc Ecko’s
    Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari, Inc.)

  • Natasha Bedingfield in James Bond
    007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)

  • Mariska Hargitay in True Crime™:
    New York City (Activision, Inc. )

  • Traci Lords in True Crime™: New
    York City (Activision, Inc.)

BEST CAST

  • Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)

  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The
    Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • True Crime™: New York City
    (Activision, Inc.)

  • James Bond 007: From Russia With
    Love (Electronic Arts)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Maybe We Crazy” by 50 Cent in 50
    Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)

  • “Lights and Sounds” by Yellowcard
    in Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)

  • “When I Get Angry” by Spider Loc
    in Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)

  • “Getting Up Anthem: Part I” by
    Talib Kweli and Rakim in Mark Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure
    (Atari, Inc.)

  • “Error Operator” by Taking Back
    Sunday in Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)

BEST SOUNDTRACK

  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City
    Stories (Rockstar Games)

  • 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

  • Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
    (Activision, Inc.)

  • Guitar Hero (RedOctane)

  • SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • We ♥ Katamari™ (Namco Hometek
    Inc.)

  • God of War (Sony Computer
    Entertainment America)

  • Indigo Prophecy (Atari, Inc.)

  • Perfect Dark Zero™ (Microsoft Game
    Studios)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

  • David Jaffe for God of War (Sony
    Computer Entertainment America)

  • Rob Pardo for World of Warcraft
    (Blizzard Entertainment)

  • Michel Ancel for Peter Jackson’s
    King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendogs
    (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

  • Craig Hubbard for F.E.A.R. (Vivendi
    Universal Games)

PONTIAC BEST DRIVING GAME AWARD
(Viewer’s Choice)

  • Gran Turismo 4 (Sony Computer
    Entertainment America)

  • L.A. Rush (Midway)

  • Forza Motorsport™ (Microsoft Game
    Studios)

  • Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)

  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (Rockstar
    Games)

MOST ADDICTIVE GAME FUELED BY
MOUNTAIN DEW (Viewer’s Choice)

  • We ♥ Katamari™ (Namco Hometek Inc)

  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard
    Entertainment)

  • Lumines (Ubisoft)

  • Nintendogs (Nintendo Co. Ltd)

  • Meteos (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

  • EA Sports Fight Night Round 2
    (Electronic Arts)

  • SOULCALIBUR®III (Namco Hometek
    Inc.)

  • TEKKEN®5 (Namco Hometek Inc.)

  • Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos
    Tower (Capcom)

  • Mortal Combat: Shaolin Monks
    (Midway)

BEST FIRST PERSON ACTION

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • Far Cry Instincts (Ubisoft)

  • F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

  • Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

  • Perfect Dark Zero™ (Microsoft
    Games Studio)

BEST MILITARY GAME

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood (Ubisoft)

  • Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos
    Theory (Ubisoft)

  • SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (Sony
    Computer Entertainment America)

BEST GRAPHICS

  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The
    Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

  • PGR™3 (Microsoft Game Studios)

  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

BEST HANDHELD GAME

  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City
    Stories (Rockstar Games)

  • Lumines (Ubisoft)

  • Nintendogs (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

  • Meteos (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

  • Burnout Legends (Electronic Arts)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME

  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard
    Entertainment)

  • SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (Sony
    Computer Entertainment America)

  • Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

  • City of Villains (NCSoft)

  • Guild Wars (NCSoft)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY

  • Sony PSP (Sony Computer
    Entertainment America)

  • Xbox 360 (Microsoft Game Studios)

  • Nintendogs Voice Recognition
    (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

  • Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games Inc.)

  • Facial Mo-cap NBA Live 06
    (Electronic Arts)

BEST PC GAME

  • Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

  • F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

  • Sid Meier’s Civilization IV (2K
    Games)

  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard
    Entertainment)

  • Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST RPG

  • Jade Empire™ (Microsoft Game
    Studios)

  • X-Men Legends II: Rise of the
    Apocalypse (Activision, Inc.)

  • Dungeon Siege® II (Microsoft Game
    Studios)

  • Star Wars® Knights of the Old
    Republic® II: The Sith Lords (LucasArts)

  • World of Warcraft (Blizzard
    Entertainment)

BEST WIRELESS GAME

  • Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents
    Under Pressure (Atari, Inc. & Glu)

  • Need for Speed Underground 2 (EA
    Mobile)

  • Massive Snowboarding (Gameloft)

  • The Incredibles 3D (Disney Mobile)

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos
    Theory (Gameloft)

BEST GAMING NEWS PUBLICATION

  • Game Informer

  • Official Xbox Magazine

  • EGM

BEST GAMING WEBSITE

BEST GAMING BLOG

The official sponsors of the Spike
TV Video Game Awards 2005 are AOL, Burger King Corporation®, Circuit City,
Mountain Dew, New Dentyne® Fire Mints, Pontiac, U.S. Air Force and Verizon
Wireless V Cast™.

Albie Hecht and Casey Patterson will
serve as Executive Producers of the Spike TV’s 2005 “Video Game Awards 2005.”
Greg Sills is Supervising Producer, Magda Liolis will serve as Producer and
Scott Fishman is the Executive in Charge of Production. Acclaimed British
director Julia Knowles will serve as director.

Spike TV, the first network for men,
is available in 88 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV
Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).