Given that a posse of foul-mouthed grade-schoolers are the subject of Comedy Central's long-running series South Park, it's only natural that the show intersects with the world of gaming on occasion. In its most recent season, games played a significant role in a handful of episodes. An impatient Cartman attempted to cryogenically freeze himself rather than endure the wait for Nintendo to release the Wii in the two-parter "Go God Go," and the whole gang became hopelessly addicted to Blizzard Entertainment's hit massively multiplayer online role-playing game in "Make Love, Not Warcraft."
Today, the World of Warcraft episode garnered the series its sixth Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) category. Fellow nominees include Robot Chicken's "Lust for Puppets," The Simpsons's "The Haw-Hawed Couple," SpongeBob SquarePants' "Bummer Vacation," and Avatar: The Last Airbender's "City of Walls and Secrets."
While South Park has been nominated multiple times in the past, it has only won the category once. That win came in 2004 for "Best Friends Forever," the episode in which Kenny is chosen as a holy warrior for his skill at a PlayStation Portable game, then slips into a coma while his friends fight over whether or not they should pull the plug. Games also played a role in one of the show's other Emmy-nominated episodes, "Chinpoko Mon," a thinly veiled parody of the Nintendo-owned Pokemon phenomenon.
For full coverage of the Emmy nominations, check out the latest from TV.com.