Colossus Towers Above Competitors At GDCA

Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 2 adventure Shadow of the Colossus was the recipient of five top honors including Best Game at the 6th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. 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 2006 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose.

Game creators have earned the recognition we give other celebrities such as movie stars and pop singers, and they’ve provided an undeniable contribution to world culture in light of the hours of entertainment they deliver,” said Jamil Moledina, director, Game Developers Conference. “Games really are a 21st century art form, and our goal in hosting and producing the Game Developers Choice Awards is to validate the achievements of these creative artists.”

Developers fuel the creative engine that propels the gaming industry forward and it is of paramount importance to recognize their hard work producing brilliant games,” said Jason Della Rocca, executive director, IGDA.

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 6th annual Game Developers Choice Awards are:

Best Game:
Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
– Kenji Kaido, Yasuhide Kobayashi, Fumito Ueda

Audio:
Guitar Hero (Harmonix Music Systems / RedOctane)
– Eric Brosius, Kasson Crooker

Character Design:
Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
– Atsuko Fukuyama, Hitoshi Niwa, Shunpei Suzuki, Fumito Ueda

Game Design:
Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
– Junichi Hosono, Fumito Ueda

Technology:
Nintendogs (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
– Tsutomu Kaneshige

Visual Arts:
Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
– Koji Hasegawa, Masanori Kajita, Hironobu Nakano, Fumito Ueda

Writing:
Psychonauts (Double Fine Productions / Majesco Entertainment Company)
– Tim Schafer, Erik Wolpaw

New Studio:
Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts)
– Caroline Esmurdoc, Tim Schafer

Innovation:
Guitar Hero (Harmonix Music Systems / RedOctane)
– Greg LoPiccolo, Ryan Lesser

Nintendogs (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
– Tsutomu Kaneshige, Hideki Konno, Shigeru Miyamoto, Kiyoshi Mizuki

Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.)
– Junichi Hosono, Fumito Ueda

Recipients for the evening’s special awards were:

Lifetime Achievement
Richard Garriott

First Penguin
Will Crowther, Don Woods

Maverick
Mike Dornbrook, Eran Egozy, Greg LoPiccolo, Alex Rigopulos

Community Contribution
Chris Hecker