Outstanding achievements in games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, and more will be honored at the Video Games Awards 2009 on December 12.

Among the nominees, Sony's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves received eight nominations, including Best in Video Games, and Batman: Arkham Asylum from Rocksteady Studios got seven nods, including Best Voice for Mark Hamill ( Star Wars) as The Joker. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 each landed six nominations. The full list is online.

The award show will also present 12 global premieres of new games, such as Halo: Reach.

Fans can vote for their favorites at VGA.Spike.com.

In the US, the cable channel targeted to young adult males, Spike TV, plans a two-hour live event for the awards presentation This 7th annual event will also be seen in more than 180 countries worldwide.