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Valve's 'Orange Box' Puzzler and 2K Boston/2K Australia's 'Bioshock' Receive 3 Awards Each; 'Crackdown,' 'Crysis,' 'Fl0w' and 'The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass' Take Prizes

SAN FRANCISCO - Feb. 20, 2008 - Valve's genre-blending first person shooter/puzzler, "Portal," was the recipient of three honors including Game ofthe Year at the 8th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, presented at a ceremony this evening at CMP's 2008 Game Developers Conference (GDC).  The game -- one of three new games on the developer's "Orange Box," alongside "Half-Life 2: Episode 2" and "Team Fortress 2"-- also took the prizes for Innovation and Best Game Design.  Also taking three awards was 2K Boston/2K Australia's blockbuster shooter, "Bioshock," which won for Best Audio, Best Visual Art and Best Writing.  Realtime Worlds' "Crackdown," Thatgamecompany's
"Fl0w," Crytek's "Crysis" and Nintendo's "The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass" were the recipients of the remaining awards, taking home one honor each.  Produced and hosted by GDC and presented by and Game Developer Magazine, the Game Developers Choice Awards honors the creators of the best video games released during the previous calendar year, as well as
awarding key figures from the video game community.

"The Game Developers Choice Awards stand out from other game industry prizes by being open to all games of a calendar year and by recognizing the individual developers behind each celebrated game," said Jamil Moledina, executive director of the Game Developers Conference.  "We are thrilled gamers at home will be able to meet the people behind their favorite games when our
first ever television broadcast special on the awards airs soon on the G4
television network."

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The recipients of the 8th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards are:

2007 Best Game Design
Portal (Valve)
Kim Swift, Realm Lovejoy, Paul Graham

2007 Best Visual Art
BioShock (2K Boston/2K Australia / 2K Games)
Scott Sinclair, Shawn Robertson, Andrew James

2007 Best Technology
Crysis (Crytek/Electronic Arts)
Cevat Yerli, Douglas Binks, Timur Davidenko, Martin Mittring

2007 Best Writing
BioShock (2K Boston/2K Australia / 2K Games)
Ken Levine, Emily Ridgway, Joe McDonagh, Susan O'Connor

2007 Best Audio
BioShock (2K Boston/2K Australia / 2K Games)
Eric Brosius, Pat Balthrop, Emily Ridgway, Justin Mullins

2007 Best Debut
Crackdown (Real Time Worlds / Microsoft Game Studios)
Ramon Gonzalez, Violetta Sanchez, Rafael Diaz, Jose Guerra

2007 Innovation
Portal (Valve)
Kim Swift, Erik Wolpaw

2007 Best Handheld Game
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo / Nintendo)
Eiji Aonuma

2007 Best Downloadable Game
Flow (thatgamecompany / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Kellee Santiago, Jenova Chen, Martin Middleton, Hao Cui, John Edwards,
Nick Clark

2007 Game of the Year
Portal (Valve)
Kim Swift, Erik Wolpaw

Recipients for the evening's special awards were:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sid Meier

Pioneer Award
Ralph Baer

Ambassador Award
Jason Della Rocca

"It was an incredible year of innovation, top-notch explorations within
known franchises and introductions of great new properties," Simon Carless,
publisher, and Game Developer.  "The whole community mobilized
to express their admiration for the best works, and we are proud to present
these meaningful peer awards."

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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event.  Presented every spring in San Francisco, it is the essential forum for learning, inspiration, and networking for the creators of computer, console, handheld, mobile, and online games.  The GDC attracts over 16,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.  The GDC is produced by the CMP Game Group, a division of CMP

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