E3 2010, in all its booth-babe-filled resplendent glory has ridden into the twilight, meaning it’s time for the Game Critics Awards!

Leading the charge is Rage from id Software (those crazy kids who brought Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake, etc.) with five nominations.

Here’s Rage’s unique premise: it’s a post-apocalyptic world and you need to run around killing everyone who gets in your way.

Now, I’m not going to say they stacked the deck or anything (Game Critics Awards Best of Show in 2008? Fallout 3), but in the time that I spent at E3, I didn’t see anything about Rage. Not only didn’t I see anything, but I didn’t play it, no one tried to woo my vote…heck, no one even tried to give me some worthless t-shirt with the game logo on it.

This leaves me with only one conclusion: id Software must have had an amazing behind-closed-doors, game-critics-only kinda deal going. Seriously, it’s enough work to pry these guys (and gals) out from behind their cubicles from playing games all day, we don’t need to give them extra special treatment to try and secure their votes do we publishers?

Some notes on a few of the nominees:

  • I imagine the 3DS is cool, but waiting 5 hours to play something for 10 minutes wasn’t worth my time.
  • Epic Mickey’s booth was impressively Epic, including a DJ spinning and a neo-artist working some magic — plus, Disney artists!
  • Bulletstorm: buy it. (No seriously, preorder it now.)
  • The Move is the Wii, except suckier.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, there’s no better way to spend time with your friends than by sticking a blade in the back of their head (digitally of course).
  • Gran Turismo 5, it’s exactly what you would imagine.

After the break, check out the complete list of the nominees. More >