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The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Head inside for the entire list of nominees!

The Kinect has been a staple for Xbox systems since its launch in 2010, bringing Microsoft into the world of motion controls. The device had its ups and downs throughout the years, but it was widely dismissed by a majority of gamers for being dysfunctional and gimmicky. Now, we can officially say goodbye to this piece of gaming history, as Microsoft has officially ended production.

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It's the end of October, and that means two things: Halloween is just around the corner and Stranger Things 2 has finally arrived! For those excited about the newly released season of the Netflix original series, the excitement doesn't have to stop after the last episode because you can now download all new skins of your favorite Stranger Things characters to Minecraft!

You can check them out after the jump!

During Microsoft's E3 conference this afternoon, Lydia Winters, Mojang's brand director, came on stage to announce Minecraft's "Better Together" update, a new update that will bring cross-platform play to Minecraft, unifying the game across PC, consoles, and mobile devices. The game is also getting a free 4K update as well as tons of new graphics packs this fall.

Follow after the jump to watch the trailer!

Soccer fans won't have to wait long for the next FIFA game installment, and it looks like console options won't be too limiting either. On September 29th, FIFA 18 will hit store shelves with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, hitting not only current generation platforms, but last generation systems as well.

Read on after the jump for trailers, special editions, and more details concerning the Nintendo Switch version!

A brand new mash-up pack is on its way to console and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft, featuring none other than the popular cartoon starring Jake the Dog and Finn the Human: Adventure Time. Developer Mojang released a new trailer recently, announcing the pack that has a lot of fans of the show and its games excited.

Take a dive into the Land of Ooo and read more!

It was recently revealed that the next round of Shovel Knight DLC will be not only coming out in April, but will be coming to the Nintendo Switch first! This new update, dubbed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, was announced for the Nintendo Switch earlier this month and will include all three campaigns in addition to a new local co-op mode. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove will cost $24.99, while the standalone Specter of Torment DLC will be $9.99, and will be available on last and current generation consoles, PC, and the Switch.

If you don't have it already, make sure to get Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove at $14.99 price here. Read more after the jump!

While some of my Gamnesia colleagues have had the honor of discussing 2016's gaming highlights, it now falls on me to reflect on one of the year's most crushing disappointments. But what to choose? No Man's Sky, although eventually cleared of false advertising charges, suffered from criticism of misleading advertising, as well as some advertised features still being absent from the game. While Pokémon GO has certainly been successful, it's been similarly frustrating that Niantic struggled for so long to fix tracking issues, and that early-promised features such as trading have yet to arrive nearly six months later. As for my personal choice for 2016's most disappointing game... well, I wouldn't say it left me crying like an anime fan on prom night, but it was still pretty upsetting. So let's talk about the only remaining game in the banner above (whoops, spoiler alert!): Mighty No. 9.

Head inside for some totally upbeat end-of-the-year chat!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, developer Free Radical had been in the middle of developing the next chapter in the Star Wars: Battlefront saga, but the game was mysteriously cancelled in 2008. However, thanks to YouTube user FuZaH, you can now watch six minutes of remarkably advanced gameplay and graphics (at the time) from the game.

Make the jump to watch the leaked gameplay!

We are coming up on the end of December, and despite being in the thick of the holiday season, it looks like Microsoft is planning ahead by announcing next month's Games With Gold lineup. As with every month, the lineup includes two Xbox One games and two newly backwards compatible Xbox 360 games. The games in question are NeocoreGame's Deathtrap, Double Helix and Iron Galaxy Studios' Killer Instinct Season 2, Double Fine's The Cave, and the popular Ubisoft platformer Rayman Origins. 

 Make the jump for more information and a trailer! 

A new Fallout-themed expansion pack is coming to Minecraft sometime soon, introducing tons of new skins, environments, and creatures to the game, as well as a morbid new texture pack.

The expansion will cost $6 at launch and will be available on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Wii U. Mojang hasn't announced an official launch date for this expansion, but the company has said that it is coming sometime soon, probably in the next couple of months. Make the jump to learn more!

Rockstar Games' 2006 open-world title Bully is now available on the Xbox One through backwards compatibility. Additionally, if you already own Bully: Scholarship Edition on Xbox 360, the new game should appear automatically in your Xbox library.

Read more after the jump!

The fifth and final episode of the Batman: The Telltale Series came out yesterday, and along with it a new trailer. This final episode, called City of Light, appears to be the dramatic culmination of the series and is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and mobile.

While there is no word on a second season, you can now get the entire collection in stores. Make the jump for more info and to watch the trailer!

Xbox One launched without backwards compatibility, but Microsoft has been steadily providing that feature to fans on a game-by-game basis, and the library of backwards compatible games just grew once again. Major Nelson announced today that BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite are all joining the backwards compatible library.

This pushes the total number of games up over 300, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has added that nearly 50% of all Xbox One players are now playing backwards compatible games. Have you been enjoying the library of last gen games?

Fans of Telltale's Batman series don't have too much longer to wait for the thrilling conclusion of the series. Telltale Games announced earlier today that the fifth episode of Batman: The Telltale Series, entitled "City of Light," will launch on all platforms in just under a week on December 13th. City of Light revolves around the Children of Arkham as they execute the final act of a plan to take down the Wayne family name.

How far will you go to protect the city of Gotham? The power is in your hands.