Monday, February 12, 2007

Game Developers Choice Awards to Honor Alexey Pajitnov, Greg Costikyan, George 'The Fatman' Sanger and Shigeru Miyamoto

Luminaries to Receive Recognition for Indelible Impact on Game Industry

The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board has named the 2007 special award recipients: Alexey Pajitnov, creator of Tetris, will receive the First Penguin Award for pioneering the casual games market; adventure game hall-of-famer Greg Costikyan will receive the Maverick Award for his tireless efforts to create a viable channel for indie games; game audio legend George "The Fatman" Sanger will receive the Community Contribution Award for his numerous programs that encourage interactive audio innovation and industry improvement; and Nintendo game design icon Shigeru Miyamoto (photo) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for a career that spans the creation of Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda to the company's recent revolutionary systems, Nintendo DS and Wii.

The Game Developers Choice Award ceremony, hosted by Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions, will take place during CMP Technology's Game Developers Conference (GDC) on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. within the Esplanade Ballroom of the Moscone Center's South Hall. The ceremony is produced by the GDC and presented by the International Game Developers
Association (IGDA).

Community Contribution Award

The Community Contribution Award is presented to a developer who embodies the spirit of community and encourages improvement among peers. George "The Fatman" Sanger, music and sound designer for more than 250 games, including LOOM, Wing Commander, The 7th Guest, NASCAR Racing, Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo and ATF, will receive this year's award for his development of programs that enrich and encourage advancements within the interactive audio community and industry in general.

Sanger has been creating music and other audio for games since Thin Ice for Intellivision in 1983. In 1991, at the first Spotlight Awards, the Audio award went to Sanger's Wing Commander, and one of the only other two nominees was Sanger's LOOM. At various developer conferences, Sanger has hosted "Demo Marathons" to allow game producers to be exposed to the music of many musicians from all over the world in a single sitting. His writings in his Music and Computers Magazine column, "Ride the Wired Surf," were meant to promote ideals and attitudes that would lead to better music on computers. On the edge of the Canyon of the Eagles over the Colorado River, Sanger hosts both the annual Texas Interactive Music Conference and BBQ (Project Bar-B-Q), the computer/music industry's most prestigious and influential conference. Based on 11 successful years of influencing and galvanizing the audio and technical community at BBQ, in 2006 Sanger hosted the first Project Horseshoe, an intense think-tank aimed at solving game design's toughest problems. Sanger's book, "The Fat Man on Game Audio: Tasty Morsels of Sonic Goodness," is less a technical work than a treatise on the benefits of living creatively and treating people well.

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