In addition to announcing the release for free of Undertow on Xbox Live Arcade in not-compensation for the problems Xbox Live may or may not your honour have experienced over the Christmas break, Microsoft has also unveiled the first Xbox Live Arcade Awards.
The winners in various categories will be announced at the Game Developers Conference next month, and in the meantime you can vote at Xbox.com. At the moment the US voting page seems to be up, but the UK one 404ed for us.
Anyway, whenever it's working properly, you will be able to vote for Best Overall Arcade Game, Best Classic Game, Best Original Game, Best Family Friendly Game, Best Competition Multiplayer Game and Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game, with voting to close on 30th January 2008. Other categories include Best-selling Game, Most-played Game, Highest-rated Game and Staff Choice, but you don't get to vote on those because that would be absurd.
Apparently the finalists in each category were selected by a panel of "consumer and videogame industry journalists", so expect all the scores to be wrong and everyone's entitled to an opinion.
Look out for the winners of the Xbox Live Arcade Awards around this time next month!
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