Interactive Achievement Awards Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences president Jim Charne has announced that the year 2000 Interactive Achievement Awards have been scheduled for May 11, 2000. The awards coincide with the first day of the E3 Expo. Nominations for the award will open on January 3 and will close promptly at 5pm Pacific Standard Time on February 25. This year's program will feature the addition of a Best Console Childrens/Family category. "The Console, Computer, and Online Games of the Year each recognize the top game in their respective arenas. Overall Game of the Year honors the best game, no matter what the platform," said Charne, "The Academy has added a new Award for Console Children's/Family Game of the Year [that] will recognize the wide range of high quality games and titles intended for younger children and families on the gaming console systems." To be eligible for Interactive Achievement honors, games must have been publicly available between March 1, 1999, and February 29, 2000.