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Nominations Open for 4th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

Recipients to Be Announced at 2004 Game Developers Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 7, 2004 - Nominations are open for the 4th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in game development.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2004. All those directly involved in the development and design of videogames are eligible to nominate at www.igda.org/awards.

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will present the awards on March 24, 2004, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, Calif., the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video game development and related industries.

"All the recognition we've received so far pales compared to the Choice Awards," noted Ubisoft's Splinter Cell team, a previous award recipient. "Acknowledgement from fellow game developers and from the industry tells us we've done something important beyond commercial success, something that will be remembered, and something that helps advance the genre and the art form."

The Game Developers Choice Awards categories focus on rewarding and recognizing innovation and excellence in the art of making games -- regardless of genre, platform or delivery medium. Awards will be given in the following categories:

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

Developers know first hand all the sweat and tears that go into making groundbreaking games," said Jason Della Rocca, program director, IGDA. "Having them nominate their peers, and watch fellow developers receive the recognition is only fitting.

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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