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2002 Game Developers Choice Awards Recipients Named

As the first day of the GDC 2002 came to a close March 21, 2002, the game development community came together at the San Jose Civic Auditorium to honor awards recipients at the 2nd annual Game Developers Choice Awards, sponsored by the International Game
The celebration honored innovation as well as technical and artistic achievement in interactive entertainment. The nominations were open to all game developers, ensuring a true reflection of development community opinion. This year, the Game Developers Choice Awards advisory board gave out three special awards in addition to the traditional categories: Yuji Naka, president and CEO of Sega's Sonicteam, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the innovative and award-winning work he has produced during his career, including the creation of Sega mascot, Sonic The Hedgehog. Hubert Chardot received the First Penguin Award for Alone in the Dark, a game that started the "survival-horror" genre. Jeff Lander was honored with the Community Contribution Award for his writings on game development, community building efforts and student outreach. The other award categories and winners are as follows: The 2nd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards recipients are: Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto III (DMA Design/Rockstar Games) Rookie Studio of the Year Bohemia Interactive Studio for Operation Flashpoint Original Game Character of the Year Daxter from Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy Excellence in Audio Marty O'Donnell & team for sound effects in Halo: Combat Evolved Excellence in Game Design GTA3 team for game play in Grand Theft Auto III Excellence in Level Design Fumito Ueda & team for level design in Ico Excellence in Programming Richard Evans for artificial intelligence in Black & White Excellence in Visual Arts Fumito Ueda & team for art direction in Ico Game Innovation Spotlights Black & White (Lionhead Studios) Grand Theft Auto III (DMA Design/Rockstar Games) Ico (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) Majestic (Electronic Arts) Rez (United Game Artists) More information on the awards and recipients can be found at http://www.igda.org/awards.

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