Game of the Year – Civilization IV
Game of the Year – God of War
Game of the Year – Psychonauts
Game of the Year – Resident Evil 4
Game of the Year – Shadow of the Colossus – WINNER
Animation…Cinema – Devil May Cry 3
Animation…Cinema – God of War – WINNER
Animation…Cinema – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Animation…Cinema – Psychonauts
Animation…Cinema – X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse
Animation…Engine – Burnout Revenge
Animation…Engine – God of War
Animation…Engine – Nintendogs
Animation…Engine – Resident Evil 4
Animation…Engine – Shadow of the Colossus – WINNER
Art Dir…Cinema – God of War
Art Dir…Cinema – King Kong
Art Dir…Cinema – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Art Dir…Cinema – Psychonauts
Art Dir…Cinema – We Love Katamari – WINNER
Art Dir…Engine – God of War – WINNER
Art Dir…Engine – Killer 7
Art Dir…Engine – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Art Dir…Engine – Psychonauts
Art Dir…Engine – Shadow of the Colossus
Camera Dir…Engine – God of War
Camera Dir…Engine – King Kong
Camera Dir…Engine – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Camera Dir…Engine – Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves – WINNER
Camera Dir…Engine – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Character Design – Destroy All Humans!
Character Design – God of War
Character Design – Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath
Character Design – Psychonauts
Character Design – Shadow of the Colossus – WINNER
Control Design – Guitar Hero – WINNER
Control Design – Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Control Design – Nintendogs
Control Design – Shadow of the Colossus
Control Design – We Love Katamari
Control Precision – Gran Turismo 4 – WINNER
Control Precision – Guitar Hero
Control Precision – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Control Precision – Resident Evil 4
Control Precision – We Love Katamari
Costume Design – Devil May Cry 3 – WINNER
Costume Design – Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
Costume Design – Jade Empire
Costume Design – Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath
Costume Design – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Direction…Cinema – God of War
Direction…Cinema – Indigo Prophecy
Direction…Cinema – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Direction…Cinema – Psychonauts – WINNER
Direction…Cinema – Ultimate Spider-Man
Game Design – The Movies
Game Design – Nintendogs
Game Design – Resident Evil 4
Game Design – Shadow of the Colossus – WINNER
Game Design – We Love Katamari
Game…Classic Revival – Capcom Classics Collection
Game…Classic Revival – Conker: Live & Reloaded – WINNER
Game…Classic Revival – Final Fantasy IV
Game…Classic Revival – Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Game…Classic Revival – Wipeout Pure
Game…Music or Performance – Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3
Game…Music or Performance – Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
Game…Music or Performance – Eye Toy: Kinetic
Game…Music or Performance – Guitar Hero – WINNER
Game…Music or Performance – In the Groove
Game…Orig Action – Destroy All Humans!
Game…Orig Action – F.E.A.R.
Game…Orig Action – God of War – WINNER
Game…Orig Action – Gun
Game…Orig Action – King Kong
Game…Orig Action – Psychonauts
Game…Orig Adventure – Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Game…Orig Adventure – Haunting Ground
Game…Orig Adventure – Indigo Prophecy – WINNER
Game…Orig Adventure – Shadow of the Colossus
Game…Orig Adventure – Trace Memory
Game…Orig Children’s – Lego Star Wars – WINNER
Game…Orig Children’s – Lost in Blue
Game…Orig Children’s – Nintendogs
Game…Orig Children’s – Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Game…Orig Fighting – Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
Game…Orig Fighting – Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble
Game…Orig Fighting – The Warriors – WINNER
Game…Orig Racing – FlatOut
Game…Orig Racing – Forza Motorsport
Game…Orig Racing – Jak X: Combat Racing – WINNER
Game…Orig Racing – Pokemon Dash
Game…Orig RPG – Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Game…Orig RPG – Guild Wars
Game…Orig RPG – Jade Empire – WINNER
Game…Orig RPG – Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
Game…Orig Sports – Mario Superstar Baseball – WINNER
Game…Orig Sports – Outlaw Tennis
Game…Orig Sports – Super Mario Strikers
Game…Sequel Action – Battlefield 2 – WINNER
Game…Sequel Action – Call of Duty 2
Game…Sequel Action – Quake 4
Game…Sequel Action – Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
Game…Sequel Action – Ultimate Spider-Man
Game…Sequel Adventure – Devil May Cry 3
Game…Sequel Adventure – Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
Game…Sequel Adventure – Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Game…Sequel Adventure – Resident Evil 4 – WINNER
Game…Sequel Adventure – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Game…Sequel Children’s – Animal Crossing: Wild World
Game…Sequel Children’s – Kirby Canvas Curse
Game…Sequel Children’s – Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Game…Sequel Children’s – Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
Game…Sequel Children’s – WarioWare: Touched!
Game…Sequel Children’s – We Love Katamari – WINNER
Game…Sequel Fighting – Fight Night Round 2 – WINNER
Game…Sequel Fighting – Soul Calibur III
Game…Sequel Fighting – Tekken 5
Game…Sequel Fighting – WWE SmackDown! Vs. RAW 2006
Game…Sequel Racing – Burnout Revenge – WINNER
Game…Sequel Racing – Gran Turismo 4
Game…Sequel Racing – Mario Kart DS
Game…Sequel Racing – Need for Speed Most Wanted
Game…Sequel Racing – Project Gotham Racing 3
Game…Sequel RPG – City of Villains
Game…Sequel RPG – Dragon Quest VIII – WINNER
Game…Sequel RPG – Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
Game…Sequel RPG – PoPoLoCrois
Game…Sequel RPG – X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse
Game…Sequel Sports – FIFA 06
Game…Sequel Sports – NHL 2K6
Game…Sequel Sports – Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Game…Sequel Sports – World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International – WINNER
Game…Simulation Game – Armored Core: Nine Breaker
Game…Simulation Game – Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
Game…Simulation Game – Lock On: Modern Air Combat
Game…Simulation Game – The Movies – WINNER
Game…Simulation Game – Silent Hunter III
Game…Special Class – Lumines – WINNER
Game…Special Class – Meteos
Game…Special Class – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Game…Special Class – Trauma Center: Under the Knife
Game…Strategy – Black & White 2
Game…Strategy – Civilization IV – WINNER
Game…Strategy – Darwinia
Game…Strategy – Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Game…Strategy – Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Graphics…Technical – F.E.A.R.
Graphics…Technical – Project Gotham Racing 3
Graphics…Technical – Quake 4
Graphics…Technical – Resident Evil 4
Graphics…Technical – Shadow of the Colossus – WINNER
Innovation…Game Play – Lumines
Innovation…Game Play – The Movies
Innovation…Game Play – Nintendogs – WINNER
Innovation…Game Play – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Innovation…Game Play – WarioWare: Touched!
Innovation…Tech – Guitar Hero – WINNER
Innovation…Tech – The Movies
Innovation…Tech – Nintendogs
Innovation…Tech – PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Innovation…Tech – WarioWare: Twisted!
Lighting/Texturing – God of War
Lighting/Texturing – Quake 4
Lighting/Texturing – Resident Evil 4 – WINNER
Lighting/Texturing – Shadow of the Colossus
Lighting/Texturing – Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Original Musical Score – Advent Rising
Original Musical Score – Destroy All Humans!
Original Musical Score – Dragon Quest VIII – WINNER
Original Musical Score – Jade Empire
Original Musical Score – Shadow of the Colossus
Original/Adapted Song – “Greater Lights,” Advent Rising
Original/Adapted Song – “Santa Monica,” Indigo Prophecy
Original/Adapted Song – “Tears of Blood,” Magna Carta: Tears of Blood
Original/Adapted Song – “Menuett,” Romancing SaGa
Original/Adapted Song – “Katamari on the Swing,” We Love Katamari – WINNER
Song Collection – Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Song Collection – Guitar Hero – WINNER
Song Collection – Indigo Prophecy
Song Collection – Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Song Collection – The Warriors
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema – Call of Duty 2
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema – Indigo Prophecy
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema – Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema – Resident Evil 4 – WINNER
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema – We Love Katamari
Sound Effects – Call of Duty 2 – WINNER
Sound Effects – F.E.A.R.
Sound Effects – God of War
Sound Effects – Quake 4
Sound Effects – Resident Evil 4
Use of Sound – F.E.A.R. – WINNER
Use of Sound – God of War
Use of Sound – King Kong
Use of Sound – Resident Evil 4
Use of Sound – The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Lead Performance in a Comedy – Grant Albrecht, “Destroy All Humans!”
Lead Performance in a Comedy – Richard Horvitz, “Psychonauts” – WINNER
Lead Performance in a Drama – Terrence Carson, “God of War”
Lead Performance in a Drama – Thomas Jane, “Gun” – WINNER
Lead Performance in a Drama – Sharon Mann, “Indigo Prophecy”
Supp. Performance in a Comedy – Earl Boen, “Psychonauts”
Supp. Performance in a Comedy – Mark Ivanir, “Psychonauts”
Supp. Performance in a Comedy – Sherrie Jackson, “Psychonauts” – WINNER
Supp. Performance in a Comedy – David Kaye, “Psychonauts”
Supp. Performance in a Comedy – Armin Shimerman, “Psychonauts”
Supp. Performance in a Drama – John Cleese, “Jade Empire” – WINNER
Supp. Performance in a Drama – Laurence Fishburne, “True Crime: New York City”
Supp. Performance in a Drama – Kris Kristofferson, “Gun”
Supp. Performance in a Drama – Christopher Walken, “True Crime: New York City”
Supp. Performance in a Drama – Dorsey Wright, “The Warriors”
Writing in a Comedy – Destroy All Humans!
Writing in a Comedy – Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
Writing in a Comedy – Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath
Writing in a Comedy – Psychonauts – WINNER
Writing in a Drama – God of War
Writing in a Drama – Indigo Prophecy – WINNER
Writing in a Drama – Killer 7
Writing in a Drama – Resident Evil 4
Writing in a Drama – The Warriors







Fumito Ueda, Masanobu Tanaka, Atsuko Fukuyama, John Tam, Tim Schafer, Keita Takahashi Win Big



Thomas J. Allen

(410) 721.8895

info at navgtr dot org


March 31, 2006 — The winners of the 2005 NAVGTR Awards were announced today, revealing the winners in 48 categories. Multiple awards went to Fumito Ueda, Masanobu Tanaka, Atsuko Fukuyama, John Tam, Tim Schafer, and Keita Takahashi.


The awards are presented by the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™, a non-profit media organization with over 1,200 voters honoring the best of the interactive entertainment industry in the fields of art, technology, and production for calendar year 2005.


Like last year’s Game of the Year winner, Shadow of the Colossus™ won five (5) awards, including Outstanding Animation in a Game Engine, Character Design, Game Design, Graphics, Technical, and Game of the Year.


Guitar Hero™ and Psychonauts™ won 4 awards each, while God of War™, Resident Evil™ 4, and We Love Katamari™ each won 3 awards.


Wrapping up the multiple award winners are Dragon Quest VIII, Indigo Prophecy, and Jade Empire with two (2) awards each.


Publisher Tallies


With 5 awards for Shadow of the Colossus™, 3 awards for God of War, and one award each for Gran Turismo™ 4, Jak X: Combat Racing™, and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves™, Sony has set a publishers’ record by winning 11 awards in a single year. The record was previously held by Ubisoft, which won 10 awards for the year 2003.


Publishers Capcom, Majesco, and Red Octane won 4 awards each, while Activision, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Namco won 3 awards each. Atari, Nintendo, and Square Enix each won 2 awards.


Developer Tallies


Sony developed eight (8) out of its eleven (11) winning titles. Other top developers include Capcom (Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry 3), Double Fine (Psychonauts), Harmonix (Guitar Hero), and Namco, all of which won four (4) awards. The only other developers to win more than one award were Bioware (Jade Empire), Level 5 (Dragon Quest VIII), and Quantic Dream (Indigo Prophecy), all of which won two (2) awards.


Since the inception of the NAVGTR Awards, Sony has won the most awards as a developer, with 16 awards to date. Rockstar follows with 15 awards, stepping ahead of Konami’s 14 awards to date as a developer. Other top developers to date are Nintendo and Ubisoft (12 awards each), Square/Square Enix (11), Namco (9), Capcom (8), Electronic Arts, Harmonix, Sucker Punch, and Valve (6 each), Bungie (5), and Bioware, Double Fine, id Software, and Team Ninja (4 each).


Individual Tallies


Six individuals won multiple awards this year. Fumito Ueda won 3 awards for his work on Shadow of the Colossus™, more than any other individual, while Ueda’s collaborators Masanobu Tanaka and Atsuko Fukuyama each won 2 awards. John Tam won 2 awards for his work on Guitar Hero™; Tim Schafer won 2 awards for Psychonauts™. Keita Takahashi also won 2 awards for We Love Katamari™.


This year, Atsuko Fukuyama, Bruce Oberg, Fumito Ueda, and Hajime Sugiyama earned a third, fourth, or fifth NAVGTR award in their respective careers, thus taking their places among a group of only twenty-three (23) people to have won three (3) or more awards to date.


Dan Houser, Shigeru Miyamoto, Fumito Ueda, and Takashi Tezuka have won the most awards to date. Dan Houser has won eight (8) awards for his widespread work in the Grand Theft Auto® series.


Shigeru Miyamoto has won six (6) awards to date. With the exception of this year’s win for Innovation in Game Play, Miyamoto has won only for roles as a producer in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Mario Sunshine, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and lastly, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem — the only non-Mario game in the group. Mr. Miyamoto has not yet won for a Zelda game, although his art directors have won for Legend of Zelda®: Wind Waker™.


Fumito Ueda and Takashi Tezuka have won five (5) awards to date. Ueda has won 2 awards for ICO™ and 3 awards for Shadow of the Colossus™ in the areas of animation and design. Takashi Tezuka has won for Animal Crossing®, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Sunshine.


Jamie King, Jeremy Pope, and Leslie Benzies have each won four (4) awards for producing the Grand Theft Auto® series, including two genre awards and two Game of the Year awards.


Hajime Sugiyama has won 3 awards — two for ICO’s camera and lighting, plus a technical graphics award for Colossus.


Atsuko Fukuyama has won 3 awards — two for Animation in a Game Engine (Ico™ and Shadow of the Colossus™), as well as an award for Colossus’ character design.


Bruce Oberg has earned his third award for programming on the Sly Cooper series.


Keita Takahashi has won three awards for the Katamari series.


James Worral has also won three (3) awards for writing and design in the Grand Theft Auto® series.


Akira Yamaoka has won three awards for his work on the Silent Hill® series, winning in the categories of Sound Effects, Use of Sound, and Original Musical Score.


Mathieu Laforce has won three awards. His first two awards were for Graphics, Technical and Lighting & Texturing Effects for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell™ in 2002, and his third award was for Lighting & Texturing Effects for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time™ in 2003.


Rik Schaffer has won three awards, including two for Sound Effects in Call of Duty and Doom 3, as well as one for Sound Editing in a Game Cinema for Doom 3.


Programmers Ben Wallace, Bernie Freidin, Charles Gough, Chris Butcher, Mat Noguchi, Matt Segur, Eamon McKenzie, and Stefan Sinclair have all won three awards for the first Halo®.


Of those who have won at least three awards, Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Mathieu Laforce, Atsuko Fukuyama, Fumito Ueda, Hajime Sugiyama, and Rik Schaffer are the only people that have won awards for work in multiple franchises.


The NAVGTR voting body represents a broad spectrum of mainstream and specialist media that cover video games, including, Albuquerque Journal (NM),, Ashville MudCat Magazine (AL), Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Beaver County Times (PA), Birmingham News (AL), Boston Herald (MA), Bridgeport Post Telegram (CT), Bridgewater Courier News (NJ),, CiN Weekly, Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH), CNN,,, Computer Gaming World, Computer Graphics World, Contra Costa Times, Copley News Service, Dallas Morning News (TX), Denver Post (CO), Digital Journal, Durham Sun Morning Herald (NC),, Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff-Davis Media), Erie Times (PA),, FHM, Gainesville Sun (FL),,,, Gannett News Service, Gear,, Jackson Clarion Ledger (MS), Kids & Computers, Kidzworld Media, Kingsport Times (TN), KNTV, LA Weekly, Las Vegas Review Journal (NV), Lexington Herald Leader (KY), Lone Pine Capital, Los Angeles Times, Marin Independent Journal (San Francisco), Marin Independent Journal, Marquee, Maryville Times (TN), Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN), National Post, National Public Radio, NBC, New York Post (NY), PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer,, Play Magazine, Public Radio International, Pueblo Star Journal Chieftan (CO), Salon, Salt Lake Deseret News (UT), San Jose Mercury-News, Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC), St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Stuff Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, The Ottawa Citizen, The Regina Leader-Post, The Tenessean, The Vancouver Sun, The Washington Post, Tifton Gazette (GA), USA Today,, Ventura County Star(CA), Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ZDNet, and many more.


About NAVGTR Corp.


NAVGTR Corp. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting and recognizing the developments and achievements of the interactive entertainment industry for public awareness and education. In addition to the annual awards, the academy’s future goals include acknowledging, documenting, and/or memorializing industry leaders and historical events through educational and informative television specials or videos, as well as efforts to preserve the history of interactive entertainment through the development of archives in public libraries and universities. (