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IGDA Names Recipients of the 2005 Game Developers Choice Awards

Half-Life 2, Eugene Jarvis Take Top Honors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 10, 2005 - The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the recipients of the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards at a ceremony during the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

"The Choice Awards are a celebration of all the passion and hard work that goes into creating ground-breaking games," says Jason Della Rocca, executive director, IGDA. "Developers are the talent that drives this industry and they deserve the recognition for having worked on these great games."

Professional game developers around the world nominated and voted for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community's opinions.

The recipients for the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards are:

Best Game

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software / Vivendi Universal Games)
Ken Birdwell, Gabe Newell, Jay Stelly

Audio

Halo 2 (Bungie Software / Microsoft Game Studios)
C Paul Johnson, Marty O'Donnell, Jay Weinland

Character Design

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software / Vivendi Universal Games)
Ted Backman, Dhabih Eng, Bill Fletcher, Bill Van Buren

Game Design

Katamari Damacy (Namco)
Keita Takahashi

Technology

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software / Vivendi Universal Games)
Yahn Bernier, Brian Jacobson

Visual Arts

World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Sam Didier, William Petras, Justin Thavirat

Writing

Half-Life 2 (Valve Software / Vivendi Universal Games)
Marc Laidlaw

New Studio

Crytek (Far Cry)
Avni Yerli, Cevat Yerli, Faruk Yerli

Innovation

Donkey Konga (Namco / Nintendo)
Hiroshi Igarashi, Hiroyuki Onoda

I Love Bees (4orty2wo Entertainment / Microsoft Game Studios)
Elan Lee

Katamari Damacy (Namco)
Keita Takahashi

Recipients for the IGDA's special awards were:

Lifetime Achievement

Eugene Jarvis - legendary arcade game developer

First Penguin

Richard Allan Bartle, Ph.D - founding father of Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs)

Maverick

Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj - founders and leaders of Blast Theory, an internationally renowned interactive media artists' group

Community Contribution

Sheri Graner Ray - revered advocate of women's interests in game development

"We are extremely happy to host the awards ceremony at the Game Developers Conference," said Jamil Moledina, director, Game Developers Conference. "We believe it's important to celebrate the individual recipients and provide them with as much exposure as possible."

For more information on the awards and recipients, please visit www.igda.org/awards.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation. The IGDA's mission is to strengthen the international game development community and effect change to benefit that community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org or e-mail info@igda.org.

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