The Game Audio Network Guild fired over a press release this evening announcing the winners of their 7th annual G.A.N.G. awards, with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King showing up in two of the twenty-one categories. In addition, Inon Zur manager Bob Rice took home a lifetime achievement award:
THE GAME AUDIO NETWORK GUILD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 7TH ANNUAL G.A.N.G. AWARDS SHOW
San Francisco, CA The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio announces the winners for the 7th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards which honor outstanding creative, technical and artistic audio achievement in the world of interactive entertainment. The awards are voted and judged upon by the G.A.N.G. community consisting of over 800 members in over 30 countries. The winners were announced last week in a ceremony held in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference.
Dead Space took home the coveted AUDIO OF THE YEAR and SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR categories while ROOKIE OF THE YEAR composer Wataru Hokoyama received the MUSIC OF THE YEAR award for his amazing work in the Japan released Afrika for the PlayStation 3.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to industry veteran and game composer agent Bob Rice. Bob has been a part of the music and record industry for over 50 years and has received 31 gold and platinum records. Hes been involved in the game audio industry since the early 80s when he helped put together the first officially licensed music industry video game (Journey 1983). Over the past 15 years Bob has successfully helped to launch and develop the careers of some of the top U.S. and European game composers including Inon Zur, Jack Wall, Jesper Kyd, Rod Abernathy, Sascha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco, Mark Griskey, Richard Jacques & Tom Salta. Under his guidance, his clients credits include the following series of games: World of Warcraft, Myst, Gears of War, Guitar Hero, Splinter Cell, Mass Effect, Unreal Tournament, Lord of the Rings, Crysis, Everquest II, Hitman, Prince of Persia, Tom Clancy, Quake and Lineage II.
AUDIO OF THE YEAR Dead Space
MUSIC OF THE YEAR Afrika
SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR Dead Space
BEST CINEMATIC/CUT-SCENE AUDIO (TIE) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Gears of War 2
BEST USE OF MULTI-CHANNEL SURROUND IN A GAME Left 4 Dead
BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL SONG CHORAL Main Title - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL SONG POP Still Alive Mirrors Edge
BEST ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL (TIE) The Garden LittleBigPlanet Main Theme Afrika
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM Video Games Live: Volume One
BEST DIALOGUE Grand Theft Auto IV
BEST USE OF LICENSED MUSIC Rock Band 2
BEST HANDHELD AUDIO God of War: Chains of Olympus
BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE LittleBigPlanet
BEST GAME AUDIO ARTICLE, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST The Complete Guide to Game Audio 2nd Edition Aaron Marks
BEST AUDIO OTHER Watchman Motion Comic
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Wataru Hokoyama (Afrika, Resident Evil 5)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Bob Rice
G.A.N.G. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS Richard Jacques Tom Salta Stephen Years
G.A.N.G. RECOGNITION AWARDS Jim Charne John Broomhall
STUDENT/APPRENTICE COMPETITION WINNERS MUSIC Tom Graczkowski SOUND DESIGN Benoit Babin
DIAMOND SPONSORS 5 Rockets, Inc. AFM (American Federation of Musicians) Sumthin Else Musicworks
About G.A.N.G. [www.audiogang.org] The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is a non-profit organization established to educate the masses in regards to interactive audio by providing information, instruction, resources, guidance and enlightenment not only to its members, but to content providers and listeners throughout the world. G.A.N.G. empowers its members by establishing resources for education, business, technical issues, community, publicity and recognition. G.A.N.G. also supports career development for aspiring game audio professionals, publishers, developers and students.