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Game Developers Choice Noms Named

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Game Developers Choice Noms Named

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the nominees for the Fifth Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The recipients will be announced at a ceremony on Mar. 9, 2005, during the Game Developers Conference (GDC). Produced by the Gama Network, GDC is the largest annual event exclusively for game development professionals. This year’s event is scheduled for March 7-11 in San Francisco.

The race for Best Game will be a showdown between Burnout 3: Takedown (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts), Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games) Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games) Katamari Damacy (Namco) and World of Warcraft (Blizzard Ent.)

Vying for the coveted distinction of Best New Studio are tyro houses Cryptic Studios (City of Heroes), Crytek (Far Cry) inXile ent. (The Bard’s Tale), Obsidian Ent. (Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords) and the Behemoth (Alien Hominid).

Nominated for Best Character Design are Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games) Katamari Damacy (Namco), Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment), Sly 2: Band Of Thieves (Sucker Punch Prods./SCEA) and World of Warcraft (Blizzard Ent.)

Voting was open to all professional game developers, regardless of membership or affiliation, ensuring that the nominees reflect the international development community’s opinions.

The other nominees are:

Excellence in Audio

Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Spark Unlimited/Activision)

Doom 3 (id Software/Activision)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

Halo 2 (Bungie Software/Microsoft Game Studios)

Katamari Damacy (Namco)

Excellence in Game Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar North / Rockstar Games)

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games)

Katamari Damacy (Namco)

Pikmin 2 (Nintendo)

World of Warcraft (Blizzard Ent.)

Excellence in Technology

Burnout 3: Takedown (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts)

Doom 3 (id Software/Activision)

EyeToy: AntiGrav (Harmonix Music Systems/SCEA

Far Cry (Crytek / Ubisoft Ent.)

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games)

Excellence in Visual Arts

Doom 3 (id Software/Activision)

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games)

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Ent.)

World of Warcraft (Blizzard Ent.)

Excellence in Writing

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software/Vivendi Universal Games)

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude (High Voltage Software/Vivendi Universal Games)

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Obsidian Ent./LucasArts Ent.)

The IGDA membership will vote on the finalists and an advisory committee from the IGDA will select the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, First Penguin Award and the IGDA Award for Community Contribution. All registered GDC attendees are invited to attend the March 9 ceremony.

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