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Nominees Announced for Game Developers Choice Awards

by Daniel Bloodworth - February 7, 2007, 1:53 pm PST
Total comments: 14 Source: GDC Awards Site

Rayman, Zelda, and Wii Sports receive nominations.

The annual Game Developers Choice Awards take place at GDC every year, and this year's nominees have just been announced. The field is crowded this year with great nominees all around. The full list is below with Nintendo-related nominations are in bold.

Audio

  • Company of Heroes (Relic Entertainment / THQ)

    - Crispin Hands, John Johnson, Jennifer Lewis, John Tennant

  • DEFCON: Everybody Dies (Introversion Software)

    - Alistair Lindsay, Michael Maidment

  • Guitar Hero II (Harmonix Music Systems / RedOctane)

    - Jeff Allen, Eric Brosius, Izzy Maxwell

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend (Crystal Dynamics / Eidos Interactive)

    - Troels Folmann, Karl Gallagher, Mike Peaslee, Gregg Stephens

  • LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment)

    - Kemmei Adachi, Tomonobu Kikuchi, Kouji Niikura, Nobuyuki Shimizu

Character Design

  • Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix)

    - Hideo Minaba, Hiroshi Minagawa, Akihiko Yoshida

  • LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment)

    - Tsutomu Kouno, Keigo Tsuchiya

  • Ōkami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)

    - Mari Shimazaki, Sawaki Takeyasu, Kenichirou Yoshimura

  • Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft Montpellier Studio / Ubisoft Entertainment)

    - Michel Ancel, Charles Beirnaert, Hubert Chevillard, Florent Sacre

  • Viva Piñata (Rare / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Ryan Stevenson

Game Design

  • Bully (Rockstar Vancouver / Rockstar Games)

    - Michael Skupa

  • Ōkami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)

    - Hideki Kamiya

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Game Studios / 2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)

    - Todd Howard

  • Viva Piñata (Rare / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Justin Cook, Gregg Mayles

  • Wii Sports (Nintendo)

    - Keizo Ohta, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshiaki Yamashita

Technology

  • Company of Heroes (Relic Entertainment / THQ)

    - Drew Dunlop, Shelby Hubick, David Swinerd, Ian Thomson

  • Dead Rising (Capcom Entertainment)

    - Shinya Ikuta, Tomofumi Ishida, Yasuhide Sawada, Tomohiro Ueda

  • Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Michael Capps, Ray Davis, Tim Sweeney, Daniel Vogel

  • Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis (Rockstar San Diego / Rockstar Games)

    - Ted Carson, Eugene Foss, Wil Paredes, Steve Reed

  • Wii Sports (Nintendo)

    - Takuhiro Dohta, Takeshi Miyamoto, Keizo Ohta, Kenta Sato

Visual Arts

  • Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix)

    - Isamu Kamikokuryo, Hideo Minaba, Akihiko Yoshida

  • Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Jerry O'Flaherty, Chris Perna

  • Ōkami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)

    - Naoki Katakai, Kenichirou Yoshimura

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Game Studios / 2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)

    - Matthew Carofano, Christiane Meister, Istvan Pely

  • Viva Piñata (Rare / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Ed Bryan, Ryan Stevenson

Writing

  • Bully (Rockstar Vancouver / Rockstar Games)

    - Dan Houser, Jacob Krarup

  • Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Funcom / Aspyr Media)

    - Dag Scheve, Ragnar Tørnquist

  • Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock (Telltale Games / GameTap)

    - Brendan Ferguson, Dave Grossman, Steve Purcell

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Game Studios / 2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)

    - Ken Rolston

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

    - Kyogoku Aya, Nate Bihldorff, Mitsuhiro Takano

Best Game

  • Gears of War (Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios)

    - Cliff Bleszinski, Michael Capps, Rod Fergusson

  • Ōkami (Clover Studio / Capcom Entertainment)

    - Atsushi Inaba, Hideki Kamiya

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Game Studios / 2K Games/Bethesda Softworks)

    - Todd Howard

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

    - Eiji Aonuma, Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto

  • Wii Sports(Nintendo)

    - Satoru Iwata, Shigeru Miyamoto, Keizo Ohta, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshiaki Yamashita

New Studio

  • Gastronaut Studios (Small Arms)

    - Jacob Van Wingen, Don Wurster

  • Iron Lore Entertainment (Titan Quest)

    - Paul Chieffo, Jeff Goodsill, Brian Sullivan

  • Naked Sky Entertainment (RoboBlitz)

    - Joshua Glazer, Tian Mu, Sam Thibault

  • Ready At Dawn Studios (Daxter)

    - Didier Malenfant, Andrea Pessino, Ru Weerasuriya

  • Wadjet Eye Games (The Shivah)

    - Dave Gilbert, Peter Gresser, Shane Stevens

Talkback

that Baby guyFebruary 07, 2007

That fact that Wii Sports is in there for Best Game means quite a bit.

IceColdFebruary 07, 2007

It deserves to be.

Smoke39February 07, 2007

Wii Sports is overrated.

that Baby guyFebruary 07, 2007

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Originally posted by: Smoke39
Wii Sports is overrated.


Have you played it with friends or family yet?

Smoke39February 07, 2007

No. I don't enjoy playing boring games with my friends.

IceColdFebruary 07, 2007

You just suck at it.

Smoke39February 07, 2007

I'm not very good at it, but I've gotten a little bit better. Regardless, though, I don't have to be particularly good at a game to be able to appreciate it. I just think the game's boring.

Shift KeyFebruary 07, 2007

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Originally posted by: Smoke39
I'm not very good at it, but I've gotten a little bit better. Regardless, though, I don't have to be particularly good at a game to be able to appreciate it. I just think the game's boring.


There's so many levels of pity in this post. I cannot begin to fathom how disappointing life must be for you emot-zoid1.gif

18 DaysFebruary 07, 2007

motion to delete GDC and Smoke39 from existance.

Smoke39February 08, 2007

You guys are silly.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterFebruary 08, 2007

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Originally posted by: 18 Days
motion to delete GDC and Smoke39 from existance.


I second that motion...

Seriously, its EXTREMELY hard to deny that Wii sports has an amazing appeal that has turned the Wii into the most sought out item in the industry right now.

The REAL power of Wii sports comes when you show them to other people. It's hard to find someone not desiring a Wii after playing Wii sports. Hell, both of my parents, who haven't played a game since the NES days, started playing it after watching me and SB play it.

So Smoke, give the game a second chance than to dismiss it simply because you aren't good at it or you don't care for it.

Simply because you found it boring it doesn't mean that your friends and family will think so too, unless you have total control of how they think, act, communicate and how they pursue their free will.

Either that or you are being a troll...

CericFebruary 09, 2007

I thought it was sort of funny how many times Viva Pinata shows up. I do want to play that game... Maybe one day.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorFebruary 09, 2007

Man, last year really was quite the year for innovative games. These awards really show how new genres are created and existing genres are changed. While I could sit here and complain that I don't personally like some of the games Gears and Dead Rising, I won't sit here and say that they don't deserve the nominations.

Smoke39February 09, 2007

What the heck are you on about, Pap? Just because I don't like a game you're enamored with doesn't make me a troll.

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