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Nominations Open for 5th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

Recipients to be Announced at 2005 Game Developers Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 3, 2005 - Nominations are open for the 5th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in game development.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 14, 2005. All those involved in the video game industry or the development of video games are eligible to submit nominations at www.igda.org/awards.

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will present the awards on March 9, 2005, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. GDC is the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video game development and related industries.

"The recognition I received at the Choice Awards had to be one of the greatest honors of my career," noted last year's Lifetime Achievement honoree Mark Cerny, creator of the classic Marble Madness and producer of the Crash Bandicoot series. "Receiving the award was particularly meaningful because I was chosen by fellow game developers for making a difference within the industry."

"The game industry has really adopted the Choice Awards as their key form of creative validation," said Jamil Moledina, conference director, GDC. "The prestige and objectivity of the awards stem from the fact that they are nominated, juried, and presented by developers to developers, while the process is administered by the IGDA, an independent developer advocacy non-profit."

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:

  • Best Game
  • Innovation
  • Audio
  • Character Design
  • Game Design
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing
  • New Studio
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • First Penguin
  • Maverick
  • Community Contribution

"Game developers are the creative engine of this industry," said Jason Della Rocca, executive director, IGDA. "Having them be recognized by their peers for their talent and achievements 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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