CMP Media's Game Developer Magazine Announces the Winners for the Seventh Annual Front Line Awards

Jan 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from CMP Media LLC

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Media's Game Developer magazine
 today announced its list of winners for the seventh annual Front Line Awards,
 honoring excellence and innovation in tools for game development in 2004.  The
 winners of the Front Line Awards are profiled in the January 2005 issue of
 Game Developer magazine, available on newsstands beginning Jan. 17, 2005.
     Award categories encompass programming, art, production, audio and
 hardware.  A distinguished panel of industry-leading game developers
 specializing in the fields relevant to each category selected finalists and
 winners based on utility, innovation, value, and ease of use.  Nominations
 were open to all new products and new versions of products related to game
 development released between Sept. 1, 2003 and Aug. 31, 2004.
     "The Front Line Awards were created to recognize those very deserving
 software and hardware companies whose tools enable the creation of ever better
 games," said Simon Carless, Editor of Game Developer Magazine.  "They, along
 with game developers, are advancing the state of the art."
     Winners in the various categories include:
       *  Middleware
           -- Net-Z by Quazal
       *  Game Engine
           -- Unreal Engine 3 by Epic Games
       *  Programming
           -- nVidia SDK 8.0 by nVidia
           -- Bugzilla by Mozilla Foundation
           -- Perforce 2004 by Perforce
       *  Art Tools
           -- Polytrans 4.1 by Okino
           -- Endorphin 1.5 by NaturalMotion
       *  Hardware
           -- Wildcat Realizm 200 by 3Dlabs
       *  Audio Tools
           -- Garritan Personal Orchestra by Garritan Orchestral Libraries
           -- CRI ADX by CRI Middleware Co. Ltd.
       *  Books
           -- GPU Gems edited by Randima Fernando, Addison-Wesley (March 2004).
     In addition to the Front Line Award category winners, each year one
 product is inducted into the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame.  The inductee is
 chosen for its outstanding contribution to the game development industry for
 five years or more.  This year's honor was presented to RenderWare, chosen in
 recognition of Criterion's long-term commitment to PC game engine development,
 the revolution the company then brought to console game development, and the
 persistence with which Criterion, now part of Electronic Arts, continues to
 improve development tools.
     Front Line Award logos for use in any articles or other communications can
 be downloaded at
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 trademarks of their respective manufacturers.
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