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Voting Opens for Metreon's 2006 Walk of Game Inductees
Gaming Icons Vie to Join the Ranks of Mario, Link, Sonic, Halo, Miyamoto and Bushnell for Permanent Star and Recognition
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2005--Starting today, gamers from around the globe can once again cast their vote for Walk of Game, the first physical landmark honoring videogame icons and the impact they have had in entertainment and our culture. Last year's wildly successful launch resulted in hundreds of thousands of votes cast on the Walk of Game website, allowing gamers to voice their opinion and honor the 'movers and shakers' in the gaming and game development community.
Between October 1 and October 31, 2005, game enthusiasts can visit www.walkofgame.com to cast votes from a list of nominees in the categories of 'Games/Characters' and 'Lifetime Achievement' to determine the next set of inductees for 2006. The top four games/characters and the top two lifetime achievers will be honored with a 24"x 24" customized steel star permanently installed at San Francisco's Metreon. Real-time ranking of the votes will be available on the Walk of Game website through the month of October, with the final results announced in November 2005. The 2006 induction ceremony is slated for the spring leading into next year's Game Developers Conference.
At this year's ceremony, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaimed it 'Walk of Game Day', as Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong) and Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari and creator of Pong) became the first recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award. Halo, Link (The Legend of Zelda), Mario and Sonic The Hedgehog also received stars in the Games/Characters category.
The 2006 Walk of Game Nominees are ...
Castlevania, Civilization, Donkey Kong, Doom, EverQuest, Final Fantasy, Fox McCloud (Star Fox), Frogger, Grand Theft Auto, Half-Life, Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), Madden NFL, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Pac-Man, Pitfall Harry (Pitfall!), Pong, Quake, Resident Evil, Samus Aran (Metroid), Space Invaders, StarCraft, Street Fighter II, Tetris, The Sims
John Carmack (Doom, Quake), Peter Molyneux (Populous, Fable), Sid Meier (Civilization, Pirates!), Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man), Will Wright (Sim Series)
About Walk of Game: Walk of Game is the first-of-its-kind landmark honoring the icons and pioneers of the videogame industry located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Every year, gamers worldwide select inductees to receive a permanent star placed on the Walk of Game. For more information: www.WalkOfGame.com.