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Game Developers Choice Awards Nominations Now Open

Recipients to be Announced at CMP Media's Game Developers Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 3, 2002 - Nominations are now open for the Game Developers Choice Awards, game development's highest honors. The awards are nominated and voted on exclusively by game developers, allowing developers to recognize and be rewarded by their peers.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb 1, 2002, and are open to all professional game developers. Submission information is available online at www.gamechoiceawards.com

Developers not only create a unique new kind of entertainment, we exert an influence over technology and popular culture as well. We all know the hot games and cool characters, yet their creators often go unrecognized,'' stated Hal Barwood, project lead at LucasArts Entertainment and Awards advisory board member. ``The Game Developers Choice Awards give us, the developers, the opportunity to nominate our peers for recognition and celebration.

Presented by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the Game Developers Choice Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievements in developing innovative interactive entertainment. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • IGDA Award for Community Contribution
  • The First Penguin Award
  • Excellence in Audio
  • Excellence in Game Design
  • Excellence in Level Design
  • Excellence in Programming
  • Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Game of the Year
  • Game Innovation Spotlights
  • Original Game Character of the Year
  • Rookie Studio Award

The overwhelming response and support we received last year helped make the awards a tremendous success,'' said Jason Della Rocca, program director, IGDA. ``This awards program is truly by game developers, for game developers.

The IGDA will present the awards on March 21, 2002, at the Gama Network's Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, CA, the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video game development and related industries.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation. The IGDA's mission is to strengthen the international game development community and effect change to benefit that community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org or e-mail info@igda.org.

About the CMP Game Group

A core provider of essential information and community to the professional game industry, the CMP Game Group includes the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, the Independent Games Festival, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. For more information, please visit www.cmpgame.com.

CMP Media LLC

CMP Media LLC (www.cmp.com) is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences and custom publishing.