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Game Developer's Choice Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Shih - February 26, 2004, 6:23 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: IGDA Press Release

'Tis the season for awards. This time it's the game developers recognizing their peers.

The International Game Developers Association has announced the nominees for the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards. The awards ceremony will take place in San Jose on March 24th as part of the Game Developers Conference.

GameCube exclusives Viewtiful Joe and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker were both nominated for the Excellence in Visual Arts Award. Viewtiful Joe also received a nomination for Original Character of the Year. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was nominated for Game of the Year along with Ubi Soft's duo of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Beyond Good & Evil, Lucas Arts' Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Activision's Call of Duty.

A partial list of nominees is below. For the full list of all the nominees, visit the IGDA awards page

Game of the Year

  • BEYOND GOOD & EVIL (Ubisoft Pictures)

  • CALL OF DUTY (Infinity Ward)

  • PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME (Ubisoft Montreal)

  • STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC (BioWare Corp.)

  • THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER (Nintendo EAD)

Original Game Character of the Year

  • Glitch from METAL ARMS: GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM

  • HK-47 from STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

  • Jade from BEYOND GOOD & EVIL

  • Joe from VIEWTIFUL JOE

  • Vince from VOODOO VINCE

Excellence in Game Design

  • Michel Ancel, Jacques Exertier, Frederic Houde, and Sebastien Morin for game design in BEYOND GOOD & EVIL

  • David Chateauneuf, Patrice Desilets, Jordan Mechner and team for game design in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

  • The Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando team for game design in RATCHET & CLANK: GOING COMMANDO

  • Casey Hudson, James Ohlen and team for game design in STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

  • Goro Abe, Hirofumi Matsuoka, Kazuyoshi Ohsawa and Ko Takeuchi for game design in WARIOWARE INC.: MEGA MICROGAME$

Excellence in Writing

  • Michel Ancel and Jacques Exertier for writing in BEYOND GOOD & EVIL

  • Charles Cecil, Steve Ince, Neil Richards, and Tony Warriner for writing in BROKEN SWORD: THE SLEEPING DRAGON

  • Sheldon Pacotti and Sarah Paetsch for writing in DEUS EX: INVISIBLE WAR

  • Takehiro Izushi for writing in FIRE EMBLEM

  • David Gaider, Drew Karpyshyn, Luke Kristjanson, and Peter Thomas for writing in STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC

Talkback

Koopa TroopaFebruary 26, 2004

I hope Takehiro Izushi wins for Fire Emblem, that game is outstanding.

Nintendo is actually in a good position to win all of those categories.

DoerrFebruary 26, 2004

Well I Think SW:KOTOR will be the big winner this year.
That or Zelda.
Wario Ware is also so cool it has a good chance,

Uncle Rich AiAiFebruary 26, 2004

Yeah, I think KOTOR will win most of 'em.

RizeDavid Trammell, Staff AlumnusFebruary 27, 2004

"Not quite as many Developers Choice nominations for Nintendo this year, but still not bad. Last year Metroid Prime was Game of the Year, I wonder if The Wind Waker can make it 2 in a row?"

KOTAR will provide some very stiff competition.

KOTAR was full of bugs and lacked polish, but I think they did a better job with the overall story and gameplay.

Maybe. I couldn't decide between them right now.

Ian SaneFebruary 27, 2004

Damn right Warioware gets nominated for Excellence in Game Design. I don't think that title got nominated for ANYTHING in those other awards (ALIAS? I forget what they're called) and it's probably the most innovative title of the year.

Personally I think these awards are probably the best and it's not just because Metroid Prime won last year. They're decided by the actual industry so generally the winners are quite deserving. Nobody knows more about the amount of work it takes to make a classic title than the developers themselves. There won't be any Madden winning Game of the Year here. Plus the Academy Awards are chosen by the film industry so these really are the game equivalent of the Oscars.

DjunknownFebruary 27, 2004

Personally, this is the Awards presentation that counts. That and DICE. Its a shame it isn't televised; I haven't seen that 'attempt' of an awards show that Spike TV did a while back, but I heard it was 'less than stellar.'

Question for the PGC staff: Are you going to do interviews like you did last year? The one with Denis Dyack: Classic. Still have it, and I listen to it from time to time. Behold my geekdom....

DeguelloJeff Shirley, Staff AlumnusFebruary 27, 2004

What do people see in KOTOR? Or any BioWare game for that matter? I can play any of them without getting bored halfway through.

RennyFebruary 28, 2004

Rookie Studio of the Year

• Big Huge Games for RISE OF NATIONS
• eGenesis for A TALE IN THE DESERT
• Infinity Ward for CALL OF DUTY
• S2 Games LLC for SAVAGE: THE BATTLE FOR NEWERTH
• Swingin' Ape Studios for METAL ARMS: GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM


It would be nice to see SAS win this one. But as long as it isn't Infinity Ward. You know, the same development team that already made the identical game Medal of Honor.

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