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
Three special honors, selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards advisory board, were also presented at the ceremony:
BATTLEFIELD 1942 by Digital Illusions
MEDAL OF HONOR: ALLIED ASSAULT by 2015, Inc.
THE THING by Computer Artworks
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)
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