The list of nominees is culled from submissions to the awards web site, at http://www.igda.org/awards/
. The nomination period ends February 1, and nominations may only be made by professional game developers registered with the IGDA (there is no charge to register -- see the IGDA site for details). Any game which was initially released during 2001 is eligible. Expansion and mission packs are not eligible.
The Game Developer Choice Awards include:
-Lifetime Achievement Award
-IGDA Award of Community Contribution
-The First Penguin Award
-Excellence in Audio
-Excellence in Game Design
-Excellence in Level Design
-Excellence in Programming
-Excellence in Visual Arts
-Game of the Year
-Game Innovation Spotlights
-Original Game Character of the Year
-The Rookie Studio Award
The finalists will be announced on February 11th.