GDC Awards

Last night were the Game Developers Choice Awards! For the full list of winners you can look here on Slashdot, but I I would like to recognize a few myself…
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Best Game: Half-Life 2 (Valve Software / Vivendi Universal Games)- photo above
Innovation: I Love Bees (4orty2wo Entertainment)
Game Design: Katamari Damacy (Namco)
Visual Arts: World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

Im so excited that I Love Bees won an award. SO EXCITED! It’s proof that where we are headed is not just the land of more graphic video games. It validates the movement towards games that involve the real world, the imaginary world, and everything in between. Im thrilled that this game was recognized. I was chatting with Jane McGonigal (4orty2wo Entertainment) last night, she was of course thrilled herself, but she agreed… It’s a monumental shift that an immersive game was actually recognized amongst all the big graphic guys. WhoooHooo!

My hats off to Half-Life 2! I was so sure that WOW was going to take so many of these awards. Everyone I know, right now, is completely obsessed with WOW… completely obsessed! Perhaps proof of the bubble in which I live. I was thrilled when some other great games were recognized. Congrats Half-Life 2 Guys! I do have to say, though, that WOW is a completely fascinating game… all the way from the social, economic, and visual angles. I look forward to seeing what happens when it has been around for longer then a few months. I have yet to make the plung. It’s probably what is keeping me sane. Congrats to the WOW guys too for getting noticed for such a pretty game!

And Katamari Damacy?… what more do I say about then extremely well deserved and totally awesome! Another innovative game.

I think this year we are going to see some really really really cool stuff emerge!


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