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2009 Awards

Game of the Year <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Game of the Year <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Game of the Year <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Animation, 2D or Limited 3D <> A Boy and His Blob
Animation, 2D or Limited 3D <> And Yet It Moves
Animation, 2D or Limited 3D <> Patapon 2 – WINNER
Animation, 2D or Limited 3D <> PixelJunk Shooter
Animation, 2D or Limited 3D <> Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
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Animation, 3D <> Assassin’s Creed II
Animation, 3D <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Animation, 3D <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Animation, 3D <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Animation, 3D <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Art Direction <> Assassin’s Creed II
Art Direction <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Art Direction <> Brutal Legend
Art Direction <> inFamous
Art Direction <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Camera Direction in a Game Engine <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Camera Direction in a Game Engine <> Dead Space: Extraction
Camera Direction in a Game Engine <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Camera Direction in a Game Engine <> Resident Evil 5
Camera Direction in a Game Engine <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Character Design <> Afro Samurai
Character Design <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Character Design <> Brutal Legend
Character Design <> inFamous
Character Design <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
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Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D <> A Boy and His Blob
Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D <> DJ Hero
Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D <> Klonoa
Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D <> New Super Mario Bros. Wii – WINNER
Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D <> Trials HD
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Control Design, 3D <> Assassin’s Creed II
Control Design, 3D <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Control Design, 3D <> Flower
Control Design, 3D <> Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Control Design, 3D <> inFamous
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Control Precision <> Flower
Control Precision <> inFamous – WINNER
Control Precision <> Prototype
Control Precision <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Control Precision <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Costume Design <> Assassin’s Creed II
Costume Design <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Costume Design <> Brutal Legend
Costume Design <> Demon’s Souls
Costume Design <> Ghostbusters: The Video Game
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Direction in a Game Cinema <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Direction in a Game Cinema <> Brutal Legend
Direction in a Game Cinema <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Direction in a Game Cinema <> Resident Evil 5
Direction in a Game Cinema <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Game Design <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Game Design <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Game Design <> inFamous
Game Design <> Left 4 Dead 2
Game Design <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Graphics/Technical <> Assassin’s Creed II
Graphics/Technical <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Graphics/Technical <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Graphics/Technical <> Forza Motorsport 3
Graphics/Technical <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Innovation in Game Play <> Demon’s Souls
Innovation in Game Play <> Half-Minute Hero
Innovation in Game Play <> inFamous
Innovation in Game Play <> LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias
Innovation in Game Play <> Scribblenauts – WINNER
Innovation in Game Play <> Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
Innovation in Game Play <> Tilt: An Adventure in 1.5 Dimensions
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Innovation in Game Technology <> DJ Hero
Innovation in Game Technology <> Red Faction Guerrilla – WINNER
Innovation in Game Technology <> Unity Engine
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Lead Performance in a Comedy <> Anthony Aroya, “The House of the Dead: Overkill”
Lead Performance in a Comedy <> Armin Shimerman, “Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time”
Lead Performance in a Comedy <> Dominic Armato, “The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition”
Lead Performance in a Comedy <> Jack Black, “Brutal Legend” – WINNER
Lead Performance in a Comedy <> James Arnold Taylor, “Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time”
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Lead Performance in a Drama <> Chad Coleman, “Left 4 Dead 2”
Lead Performance in a Drama <> Christopher Miller, “Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box”
Lead Performance in a Drama <> Nathan Fillion, “Halo 3: ODST”
Lead Performance in a Drama <> Nolan North, “Assassin’s Creed II”
Lead Performance in a Drama <> Nolan North, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” – WINNER
Lead Performance in a Drama <> Vin Diesel, “Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena”
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Lighting/Texturing <> Assassin’s Creed II
Lighting/Texturing <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Lighting/Texturing <> Killzone 2
Lighting/Texturing <> Resident Evil 5
Lighting/Texturing <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Original Musical Score <> Afro Samurai
Original Musical Score <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Original Musical Score <> Dragon Age: Origins
Original Musical Score <> inFamous
Original Musical Score <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Original/Adapted Song <> “I Am the One,” Dragon Age: Origins
Original/Adapted Song <> “LaLaLa,” Klonoa – WINNER
Original/Adapted Song <> “Taking My Ball,” DJ Hero
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Song Collection <> Band Hero
Song Collection <> Brutal Legend
Song Collection <> DJ Hero
Song Collection <> Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Song Collection <> Guitar Hero 5
Song Collection <> The Beatles: Rock Band – WINNER
Song Collection <> The Saboteur
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Sound Editing in a Game Cinema <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema <> Halo Wars
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema <> Red Faction: Guerrilla
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Sound Effects <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sound Effects <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – WINNER
Sound Effects <> Dead Space: Extraction
Sound Effects <> Left 4 Dead 2
Sound Effects <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
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Supp Performance in a Comedy <> Bill Murray, “Ghostbusters: The Video Game” – WINNER
Supp Performance in a Comedy <> Earl Boen, “The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition”
Supp Performance in a Comedy <> Jim Ward, “Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time”
Supp Performance in a Comedy <> Neil Patrick Harris, “Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard”
Supp Performance in a Comedy <> Tim Curry, “Brutal Legend”
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Supp Performance in a Drama <> Claudia Black, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves”
Supp Performance in a Drama <> Emily Rose, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves”
Supp Performance in a Drama <> Mark Hamill, “Batman: Arkham Asylum” – WINNER
Supp Performance in a Drama <> Roger Craig Smith, “Assassin’s Creed II”
Supp Performance in a Drama <> Tim Curry, “Dragon Age: Origins”
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Use of Sound <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Use of Sound <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Use of Sound <> Dead Space: Extraction
Use of Sound <> Left 4 Dead 2
Use of Sound <> Patapon 2
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Writing in a Comedy <> Brutal Legend – WINNER
Writing in a Comedy <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Writing in a Comedy <> Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan
Writing in a Comedy <> The House of the Dead: Overkill
Writing in a Comedy <> Wallace & Gromit Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees
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Writing in a Drama <> Assassin’s Creed II
Writing in a Drama <> Batman: Arkham Asylum
Writing in a Drama <> Dragon Age: Origins
Writing in a Drama <> inFamous
Writing in a Drama <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Game Classic Revival <> A Boy and His Blob
Game Classic Revival <> Klonoa
Game Classic Revival <> The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition – WINNER
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Game Music or Performance <> DJ Hero
Game Music or Performance <> Guitar Hero 5
Game Music or Performance <> Lego Rock Band
Game Music or Performance <> The Beatles: Rock Band – WINNER
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Game Original Action <> ‘Splosion Man – WINNER
Game Original Action <> Borderlands
Game Original Action <> Brutal Legend
Game Original Action <> Fat Princess
Game Original Action <> Prototype
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Game Original Adventure <> 1912: Titanic Mystery
Game Original Adventure <> Cursed Mountain
Game Original Adventure <> Drawn: The Painted Tower
Game Original Adventure <> inFamous – WINNER
Game Original Adventure <> Mini Ninjas
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Game Original Children/Family <> Bonsai Barber
Game Original Children/Family <> Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
Game Original Children/Family <> Little King’s Story
Game Original Children/Family <> Scribblenauts – WINNER
Game Original Children/Family <> Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
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Game Original Fighting <> Fate/Unlimited Codes
Game Original Fighting <> Madworld – WINNER
Game Original Fighting <> The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai
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Game Original Racing <> Stoked
Game Original Racing <> Trials HD – WINNER
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Game Original RPG <> Demon’s Souls – WINNER
Game Original RPG <> Dragon Age: Origins
Game Original RPG <> Half-Minute Hero
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Game Original Sports <> EA Sports Active – WINNER
Game Original Sports <> Your Shape
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Game Sequel Action <> Batman: Arkham Asylum – WINNER
Game Sequel Action <> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Game Sequel Action <> Killzone 2
Game Sequel Action <> Left 4 Dead 2
Game Sequel Action <> Red Faction: Guerrilla
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Game Sequel Adventure <> Assassin’s Creed II
Game Sequel Adventure <> Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Game Sequel Adventure <> Resident Evil 5
Game Sequel Adventure <> Tales of Monkey Island: Lair of the Leviathan
Game Sequel Adventure <> Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – WINNER
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Game Sequel Children/Family <> Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Game Sequel Children/Family <> New Super Mario Bros. Wii – WINNER
Game Sequel Children/Family <> Patapon 2
Game Sequel Children/Family <> Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
Game Sequel Children/Family <> The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
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Game Sequel Fighting <> Punch-Out!
Game Sequel Fighting <> Street Fighter IV – WINNER
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Game Sequel Racing <> Dirt 2
Game Sequel Racing <> Forza Motorsport 3 – WINNER
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Game Sequel RPG <> Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Game Sequel RPG <> Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days – WINNER
Game Sequel RPG <> Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor
Game Sequel RPG <> Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Game Sequel RPG <> Suikoden Tierkreis
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Game Sequel Sports <> FIFA Soccer 10
Game Sequel Sports <> Madden NFL 10
Game Sequel Sports <> MLB 09: The Show
Game Sequel Sports <> Wii Sports Resort – WINNER
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Game Simulation Game <> Dawn of Discovery
Game Simulation Game <> The Sims 3 – WINNER
Game Simulation Game <> Tropico 3
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Game Special Class <> Flower – WINNER
Game Special Class <> Peggle Dual Shot
Game Special Class <> Space Invaders Infinity Gene
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Game Strategy <> Empire: Total War
Game Strategy <> PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe – WINNER
Game Strategy <> Plants vs. Zombies
Game Strategy <> Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
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Honorary Award <> Dennis McCauley
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MOST DEVELOPER WINS AS OF FEB 27, 2010

24…Nintendo
20…Square Enix
20…Rockstar
20…Electronic Arts
18…Sony
16…Ubisoft
15…Konami
12…Namco Bandai
12…Naughty Dog
12…Harmonix
10…Valve
9…Bioware
9…Bethesda Game Studios
9…Rocksteady
9…Capcom
8…2K Games
8…Sucker Punch
7…Infinity Ward
6…Double Fine
6…Media Molecule
6…Epic
5…Clover
5…Bungie

PUBLISHER TALLIES
15, SONY
09, EIDOS
04, ELECTRONIC ARTS
03, NINTENDO
02, MICROSOFT
02, WARNER BROS

DEVELOPER TALLIES
10, NAUGHTY DOG
09, ROCKSTEADY
03, NINTENDO
02, 5TH CELL
02, DOUBLE FINE
02, ELECTRONIC ARTS
02, SUCKER PUNCH

GAME TALLIES
10, UNCHARTED 2
09, BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM
02, BRUTAL LEGEND
02, INFAMOUS
02, NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII
02, SCRIBBLENAUTS
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National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™ Announces Winners for 9th Annual NAVGTR Awards

 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves wins 10, Batman: Arkham Asylum wins 9 including Game of the Year

 

Takashi Tezuka, Bruce Oberg, Tetsuya Nomura, and Tim Schafer achieve milestones.

 

February 26, 2010 — The winners of the 2009 NAVGTR Awards were announced today, revealing the winners in 47 categories. Multiple awards went to Andrew Coombes and Sefton Hill for their work on Batman: Arkham Asylum.

 

Out of its 17 nominations, Batman won nine (9) awards: Game of the Year, Character Design, Control Design 3D, Costume Design, Game Design, Sound Editing in a Game Cinema, Use of Sound, Supporting Performance in a Drama (Mark Hamill), and Outstanding Action Game Sequel. Batman: Arkham Asylum was classified as part of the overall Batman franchise, even though it is not a direct sequel.

 

Out of its 16 nominations, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves won 10 awards: Animation 3D, Art Direction, Camera Direction in a Game Engine, Direction in a Game Cinema, Graphics/Technical, Lighting/Texturing, Original Musical Score, Writing in a Drama, Lead Performance in a Drama (Nolan North), and Outstanding Adventure Game Sequel.

 

Only four other games won multiple awards this year, as Brutal Legend, infamous, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and Scribblenauts won two (2) awards each.

 

Batman achieved a trifecta with wins in all three major disciplines of design, art, and sound, a feat not pulled off since 2006 when both Gears of War and Oblivion did it.

 

Never in Academy history has a game won two control categories. The tradition is upheld, as this year’s winners in the control categories were New Super Mario Bros., Batman, and inFamous.

 

For the first time ever, a game (Batman) won for both Character Design and Costume Design, netting Andrew Coombes two trophies.

 

Only once before has the same game won both Graphics/Technical and Lighting/Texturing. Uncharted 2 has now repeated Splinter Cell’s original feat.

 

PUBLISHER TALLIES

 

With 15 awards this year, Sony breaks its own record of 11 awards in 2005, as well as Electronic Arts’ three year streak of most wins for publishers.

 

As publisher, Eidos won nine (9) awards, Electronic Arts (4), Nintendo (3), Microsoft (2), and Warner Bros. Interactive (2).

 

DEVELOPER TALLIES

 

This year, Naughty Dog holds the highest developer awards tally with 10 wins. Rocksteady follows with 9 awards. Nintendo took 3 awards, while 5th Cell, Double Fine, EA, and Sucker Punch each took 2 awards.

 

Of this year’s winning development studios, LucasArts (among others) won its very first award while 5th Cell won its third award to date.

 

With their huge hauls, Naughty Dog entered the top 10 and Rocksteady entered the top 20 winning developers of all-time, doing in a single year what took other developers as much as seven years to accomplish.

 

Since the inception of the NAVGTR Awards, Nintendo has won 24 awards as a developer, more than any other developer to date. Square Enix, Rockstar, and Electronic Arts follow with 20 awards each. Sony has 18; Ubisoft 16; Konami 15; Namco Bandai 12; Naughty Dog 12; Harmonix 12; and Valve 10.

 

Other leading developers are Bioware, Bethesda Game Studios, Rocksteady, Capcom, 2K Games, Sucker Punch, Infinity Ward, Double Fine, Media Molecule, Epic, Clover, and Bungie.

 

INDIVIDUAL TALLIES

 

Shigeru Miyamoto has won ten (10) awards to date, more than any other individual. Dan Houser has won nine (9) awards for his widespread work in the Grand Theft Auto® series, as well as “Bully.”

 

Takashi Tezuka won his sixth award this year for New Super Mario Bros. Wii. His previous awards were for Animal Crossing®, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Sunshine.

 

Fumito Ueda and Leslie Benzies 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. Benzies has won entirely for the Grand Theft Auto series.

 

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

 

Bruce Oberg has won his fourth award this year for inFamous. His previous awards were for each of the Sly Cooper games.

 

This year, Tetsuya Nomura and Tim Schafer bring the total number of triple or more winners to thirty. Less than half (14) have won for work in multiple franchises: Atsushi Inaba, Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom, Yoshinori Kitase, Dan Houser, Mathieu Laforce, Atsuko Fukuyama, Fumito Ueda, Hajime Sugiyama, Rik Schaffer, Luci Black, Tetsuya Nomura, and Tim Schafer.

 

Atsushi Inaba has won three awards – two for Okami and one for God Hand. Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom has won for the games Frequency, Karaoke Revolution, and Guitar Hero II. Yoshinori Kitase has won for Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy III. 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. 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®.

 

Luci Black has won two awards for Little Big Planet and one award for Rome: Total War. Hideo Kojima has won entirely for the Metal Gear Solid series.

 

ABOUT NAVGTR CORP.

 

The awards are presented by the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™, a non-profit media organization with 640 voters honoring the best of the interactive entertainment industry in the fields of art, technology, and production for calendar year 2009.

 

More than any other professional group in the industry, testers spend the most time playing games and are therefore most apt to evaluate them on a technical level with intense detail or analysis. Reviewers in the media also spend a great deal of time analyzing and writing about games from a creative perspective to aid consumers in their evaluations. The best reviewers sometimes parlay their reputation into industry jobs as producers or testers. For these reasons, the recommendation of testers and reviewers serves as a special mark of quality that balances important creative and technical perspectives and represents the most hard-core enthusiasts from industry and media.

 

Through annual awards, television specials, videos, special events, and other future plans, the Academy hopes to preserve the history of the medium as well as honor the creative and technical individuals who have paved the way for new ideas and innovations.

 

The general voting body of 640 journalists and writers includes contributors for such varied outlets as 1up, About.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Contra Costa Times, Detroit Free Press, Digital Journal, EclipseMagazine.com, elecplay.com, Evergeek Media, FHM, GamersTemple.com, GamingTarget.com, Gannett News Service, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, National Post, National Public Radio, NBC, New York Times, The Ottawa Citizen, PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Play Magazine, Public Radio International, The Regina Leader-Post, Salon, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, The Vancouver Sun, Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly, Ziff-Davis Media, and hundreds 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. (www.navgtr.org)