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IGDA Presents Game Developers Choice Awards; Metroid Prime Takes Game of the Year

SAN JOSE, CA - March 7, 2003 - The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) named recipients of the Game Developers Choice Awards last night at the 3rd annual ceremony during the 2003 Game Developers Conference (GDC). The Oscars of games, the Choice Awards are true peer recognition honors, as all nominees and recipients are voted on free of charge, by professional game developers. The evening event celebrates creativity and artistry as well as technological genius.

A Game Developers Choice Award is a stamp of excellence and innovation," said IGDA chairperson Graeme Devine of id Software. "These titles and developers have the cachet among the game insiders.

3rd Annual Game Developer's Choice Awards recipients are:

Game of the Year

METROID PRIME by Retro Studios

Original Game Character of the Year

Sly Cooper from SLY COOPER AND THE THIEVIUS RACCOONUS

Rookie Studio of the Year

Retro Studios for METROID PRIME

Excellence in Audio

Jack Grillo, Rebecca Hanck, Erik Kraber and Yuan Liu for sound effects in MEDAL OF HONOR: ALLIED ASSAULT

Excellence in Game Design

Romain de Waubert de Genlis and Team for game design in BATTLEFIELD 1942

Excellence in Level Design

Metroid Team for level design in METROID PRIME

Excellence in Programming

Mark Brockington, Scott Greig, Jason Knipe, Don Moar and Don Yakielashek for network programming in NEVERWINTER NIGHTS

Excellence in Visual Arts

Tetsuya Nomura for art direction in KINGDOM HEARTS

Excellence in Writing

Clint Hocking and JT Petty for writing in TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL

Game Innovation Spotlights

ANIMAL CROSSING by Nintendo
BATTLEFIELD 1942 by Digital Illusions
MEDAL OF HONOR: ALLIED ASSAULT by 2015, Inc.
THE THING by Computer Artworks

Three special honors, selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards advisory board, were also presented at the ceremony:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Gunpei Yokoi, creator, Gameboy

The First Penguin Award

David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Jim Levy, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead, founders, Activision

IGDA Award for Community Contribution

Doug Church, technical director, Eidos

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.

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