Restaurant City, FarmVille, Bejeweled Blitz nominated for 'Best New Social Game'

game developer choice awards includes social online games
game developer choice awards includes social online games

The nominees for the annual Game Developer's Choice Awards were announced today, and we were pleased to see that -- for the first time -- the honors will be extended to social games/free online games in a new category called "Best New Social/Online Game."

And the nominees are:

- Restaurant City (Playfish)

- FarmVille (Zynga)

- Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap)

- Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople Nexon)

- Free Realms (Sony Online Entertainment San Diego)

Winners are selected by a panel of judges (comprised of 500 game creators) and will be announced on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. during the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

We were also pleased to see PopCap's Plants Vs. Zombies also made the list -- several times -- for Best Downloadable Game, Innovation and Best Game Design. We also want to give a shout-out to Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor for iPhone, which was nominated for Best Handheld Game. Good luck, everyone!