The About.com Readers' Choice Awards are held annually to celebrate our readers' favorite people, products, services, and more. Readers make the call every step of the way, from nominating their preferences in each category to eventually voting for a winner.
Nominations are now open in all five Game Show categories. You'll learn more about these categories below, but first here's an overview of how the process works.
Using the forms provided, readers may make their nominations from Monday, January 14th through Monday, February 11th 2013. Nominations are then tallied by yours truly and the five nominees with the most nominations move on to become finalists. The finalists will be announced on February 19th, and at that time you'll be able to vote for the winners in each category. Voting closes on March 19th, and the winners will be revealed on March 27th, 2013.
Now, let's move on to the Game Show categories! You can access the nomination forms for each category by clicking on the links in each description.
Best Game Show
Everyone has their favorite game shows for a variety of reasons, but sometimes it's difficult to pick just one to recognize with an award. You can nominate up to three different game shows, with the only stipulation being that the show must have aired new, original episodes sometime during 2012. The show itself doesn't have to be new, however.
Best Game Show Host
Just like the Best Game Show category, nominees for Best Game Show Host must have been active hosting or guest-hosting a game show in 2012. Once again you can make up to three nominations in this category but you're not required to do so - only the first nomination is required for the form to count.
Best Game Show Announcer
One of the elements that makes the game show genre special is the inclusion of announcers, and many of them have become instantly recognizable as the voice of the show they work on. Nominate a single game show announcer who you feel is outstanding, or nominate up to three of them - the choice is yours.
Best Game Show Fan Site
While the title of this category refers to "site," the term is really all-inclusive. Websites, forums, and blogs will all be counted, and we're not limiting you to US-based sites. International web hot-spots will also be included here. As long as the site caters to game show fans and is currently active, it qualifies. If you run your own game-show-based site, please go ahead and nominate it! You can also nick the Readers' Choice logos (or contact me for a copy) and ask your readers to nominate as well.
Best Game Show Game for Facebook or Mobile
Last year we had separate categories for Facebook and mobile games, but since many of them are so similar across these platforms we decided to merge the categories together. You can nominate any game that is based on a game show or plays out like one, and is available to play on Facebook or any mobile platform. When making your nominations in this category, please also state the platform and, if possible, the URL for play or download.
Remember, nominations will only be accepted through February 11th, 2013, so don't wait!