Winners of the GDC Awards announced
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The Game Developers Association gave its awards to the best games of the year.

- This night, at the 4th annual ceremony during the Game Developers Conference, the Game Developers Association assigned its awards to the best games and developers of the year. Developers and professionals of the industry voted according to what they considered the most technically and artistically valid games of the year.

"There is no greater honor in the game developer community than to be a recipient of a Game Developers Choice Award," said Jason Della Rocca, program director, IGDA. "The accolade is a stamp of excellence, carrying the prestige of taking the video game industry to a new level."

The title of Game of the Year went to BioWare's "Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic", the extraordinary RPG that successfully invented a new mythology for the Star Wars saga, taking place 4,000 years before the events of the movies. Knight Of The Old Republic also won the award for Excellence in Writing and for Best Original Game Character, the cynic droid HK-47. BioWare was also assigned the award for Community Contribution, because of their active commitment to charity - evident also through our official forums - and for their support to the game developers community.

The lifetime achievement went to Mark Cerny, who worked on popular games "Crash Bandicoot" and "Ratchet & Clank", while the new Penguin Award went to Masaya Matsuura, who opened up the way to music games like Parappa The Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy.

Ubisoft's "Prince Of Persia" won for Excellence in Programming and in Game Design. "Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker" - the latest masterpiece from Miyamoto - won for Excellence in Visual Arts. "Call of Duty" won for Excellence in Audio, and assured Infinity Ward the award for Rookie Studio of the Year. The "EyeToy: Play", "WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$", and "Viewtiful Joe" were awarded as Game Innovation Spotlights.

For a full list of all the awards, visit the International Game Developers Association website.

(Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2004, 4:50AM GMT)

- Harry

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