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02 March 02 Press Release
LAS VEGAS – March 2, 2002 – The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced today the recipients of its 5th annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The awards were presented at a gala event held in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on February 28, the first evening of the Academy’s inaugural D.I.C.E. Summit. Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX), developed by Bungie, garnered four awards, including the top honor of overall Game of the Year.

Computer Game of the Year honors went to Black & White, developed by Lionhead Studios. Halo: Combat Evolved received the award for Console Game of the Year.

“The Interactive Achievement Awards and the D.I.C.E. Summit help promote artistic aspects of our industry through the recognition of creative accomplishment and exploration of new creative possibilities,” said Academy President Paul Provenzano. “We congratulate all of the finalists and winners, who continue to advance this exciting industry.”

The Academy presented Interactive Achievement Awards in 29 craft, console, computer and online categories. The Academy also honored Will Wright, creator of SimCity and The Sims and co-founder of Maxis, inducting him into the Academy Hall of Fame. In keeping with Academy tradition, John Carmack, last year’s Hall of Fame inductee and founder and technical director of id Software, returned to make the presentation.

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, who stars as “Spence” on The King of Queens on CBS and has appeared in such feature films as Man on the Moon, Zoolander, and Magnolia, hosted the 5th annual awards. Also on hand for the award event was an all-star lineup of gaming industry guest presenters and special guests from the television, film, music and sports industries, including: Resident Evil Director Paul Anderson, Cliff Bleszinkski of Epic Games, motocross champion Mike Cinqmars, Richard Garriott of Destination Games, X-Files star Dean Haglin, Richard Hilleman of Electornic Arts, Academy Chair Don James of Nintendo of America, pro-surfer Veronica Kay, Lorne Lanning of Oddworld Inhabitants, American McGee of Carbon6 Entertainment, Sid Meier of Firaxis Games, Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo, Dr. Ray Muzyka of BioWare Corp., Ted Price of Insomniac Games, V.I.P’s Natalie Raitano, kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker, Jason Rubin of Naughty Dog, Jez San of Argonaut Games, George Sanger of Big Fat Inc., Steven Schirripa from the The Sopranos, visual director of Tron Richard Taylor, and musical guest The X-ecutioners.

The 5th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and the D.I.C.E. Summit were presented with the support sponsors including Electronic Arts, Infogrames, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Alias/Wavefront, THQ Inc., and Ziff Davis Media.

“The sold out inaugural launch of the D.I.C.E. Summit as the new home of the Interactive Achievement Awards allows the Academy to create an intimate environment where the game industry can celebrate creative accomplishments in the interactive art form and exchange information and ideas about the process of creating great games,” said Provenzano.

The Academy voting process begins with peer panel review boards made up of Academy members with specific expertise in each of the categories to determine the finalists for each of the awards. Each peer panel member reviewed the submissions in his or her category and then met in person, online, or by telephone conference call to consider the nominees with their respective review boards. Final balloting, overseen and certified by PricewaterhouseCoopers, took place online by a vote of eligible AIAS members. Membership in AIAS is open to all qualified individuals working in the interactive software entertainment industry.

Fifth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards – Recipients
    I. CRAFT AWARDS
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
    • ICO (Play Station 2) – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc./Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation
    • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee (XBOX) – Oddworld Inhabitants/Microsoft
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
    • Metal Gear Solid 2 (Play Station 2) – Konami/Konami
  • Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition
    • Tropico (PC) – Pop Top Software/God Games
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
    • Grand Theft Auto III (Play Station 2) – DMA Design/Rockstar Games
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
    • Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX) – Bungie/Microsoft
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
    • Grand Theft Auto III (Play Station 2) – DMA Design/Rockstar Games
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character or Story Development
    • ICO (Play Station 2) – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc./Sony Computer Entertainment America
    II. CONSOLE
  • Action/Adventure Game of the Year
    • Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX) – Bungie/Microsoft
  • Children’s Title of the Year
    • Mario Party 3 (Nintendo 64) – Hudson Soft Co. Ltd./Nintendo of America
  • Fighting Game of the Year
    • Dead or Alive 3 (XBOX) – Tecmo/Tecmo
  • Hand-Held Game of the Year
    • Advance Wars (GameBoy Advance) – Nintendo Co. Ltd./ Nintendo of America
  • Role Playing Game of the Year
    • Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (Play Station 2) – Snow Blind Studios/ Black Isle Studios
  • Racing Game of the Year
    • Gran Turismo 3 (Play Station 2) – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc./ Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Sports Game of the Year
    • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (Play Station 2) – Neversoft Entertainment/Activision
  • Innovation in Console Gaming
    • Pikmin (GameCube) – Nintendo Co. Ltd./Nintendo of America
  • Console Game of the Year
    • Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX) – Bungie/Microsoft
    III. ONLINE
  • Online Gameplay of the Year
    • Return to Castle Wolfenstein – id Software/Activision
  • Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year
    • Dark Age of Camelot – Mythic Entertainment/ Mythic Entertainment
    IV. PERSONAL COMPUTER
  • Action/Adventure Game of the Year
    • Return to Castle Wolfenstein – id Software/Activision
  • Children’s Title of the Year
    • Backyard Basketball – Humongous Entertainment/Infogrames
  • Educational Title of the Year
    • Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? Treasures of Knowledge – Learning Company/Learning Company
  • Role Playing Game of the Year
    • Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal – BioWare Corp./Interplay
  • Simulation Game of the Year
    • Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 – Microsoft/ Microsoft
  • Sports Game of the Year
    • FIFA 2002 – EA Canada/Electronic Arts
  • Strategy Game of the Year
    • Sid Meier’s Civilization III – Firaxis Games/Infogrames
  • Innovation in Computer Gaming
  • Computer Game of the Year
  • V. GAME OF THE YEAR
  • Game of the Year
    • Halo: Combat Evolved (XBOX) – Bungie/Microsoft
About the Academy

Located in Los Angeles, CA, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) is an official professional academy of the $7+ billion interactive entertainment industry. AIAS is supported by the industry’s leading companies and counts among its board of directors representatives from Activision, BioWare Corp., Electronic Arts, Ensemble Studios, Infogrames, Insomniac Games, Interactive Digital Software Association, Knowledge Adventure, Microsoft, Nintendo of America, Oddworld Inhabitants, Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Ubi Soft Entertainment.

For more information about AIAS, Interactive Achievement Awards, and D.I.C.E. Summit, visit the web site at www.interactive.org.
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