'Gears of War,' 'Okami' and 'Wii Sports' Lead the Recipients of the 7th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

Indie Internet Phenomenon 'Line Rider' Takes Home Award for Innovation

Mar 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from CMP Game Group

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Epic Games and Microsoft Game
 Studios' Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War was the recipient of three honors
 including Best Game at the 7th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The
 blockbuster hit game also received the awards for Technology and Visual
 Arts. Following close behind with two awards each were Clover Studios and
 Capcom Entertainment's Okami and Nintendo's Wii Sports. The ceremony,
 produced and hosted by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and presented
 by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), is the only
 peer-based, open nomination awards program in the industry where honors are
 bestowed to developers by developers. Recipients were announced tonight at
 the 2007 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
     "A Game Developers Choice Award is like no other award presented in our
 industry, as it is the only prize that gives the community the chance to
 appreciate and honor individual developers," said Jamil Moledina, Executive
 Director of the Game Developers Conference. "By celebrating our visionaries
 by name, we give the audience and the public at large a chance to give
 credit where credit is due."
     Nominations were free of charge and open to all IGDA members, ensuring
 that the nominees reflect the international development community's
 opinions. The IGDA membership voted on the finalists.
     The recipients for the 7th annual Game Developers Choice Awards are:
     Best Game
     Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)
     - Cliff Bleszinski, Michael Capps, Rod Fergusson
     Guitar Hero II (Harmonix Music Systems / RedOctane)
     - Jeff Allen, Eric Brosius, Izzy Maxwell
     Character Design
     Okami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)
     - Mari Shimazaki, Sawaki Takeyasu, Kenichirou Yoshimura
     Game Design
     Wii Sports (Nintendo)
     - Keizo Ohta, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshiaki Yamashita
     Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)
     - Michael Capps, Ray Davis, Tim Sweeney, Daniel Vogel
     Visual Arts
     Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)
     - Jerry O'Flaherty, Chris Perna
     The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
     - Kyogoku Aya, Nate Bihldorff, Mitsuhiro Takano
     New Studio
     Iron Lore Entertainment (Titan Quest)
     - Paul Chieffo, Jeff Goodsill, Brian Sullivan
     Line Rider
     - Bostjan Cadez
     Okami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)
     - Atsushi Inaba, Hideki Kamiya
     Wii Sports (Nintendo)
     - Keizo Ohta, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshiaki Yamashita
     Recipients for the evening's special awards were:
     Lifetime Achievement
     Shigeru Miyamoto
     First Penguin
     Alexey Pajitnov
     Greg Costikyan
     Community Contribution
     George "The Fat Man" Sanger
     "Once again, the Game Developers Choice Awards have shown that gaming
 greatness can be found within every type of game -- from the most hardcore
 of experiences, to those that have brought all new audiences into our
 industry's fan base," said Jason Della Rocca, Executive Director, IGDA.
 "Each year, I am humbled by what our members can do with this great art
     For more information about the awards and all the recipients, please
 visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/
     About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
     The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit
 professional society that is committed to advancing the careers and
 enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their
 peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that
 affect the developer community. For more information on the IGDA, please
 visit www.igda.org.
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