Game Audio Network Guild AwardsThe Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), a non-profit organization supporting the game audio industry, has announced the winners of its 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards, which honor outstanding creative, technical and artistic audio achievement in games.

BioShock won a total of 8 awards, succeeding in every category in which it was nominated. Additionally, industry veteran Brian Schmidt was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Schmidt is best known for his audio work in games such as Madden Football, Desert Strike, Star Wars Trilogy and Crue Ball. In 1998, Brian left freelance audio for Microsoft, where he set the direction for game audio technologies for Windows and Xbox for the next decade.

Finally, G.A.N.G. member Nathan Rain Schwartz was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Expressions College, which offers a game audio curriculum at their Emeryville, CA campus.

The winners were voted upon and judged by the game audio industry and members of G.A.N.G. They were announced at the G.A.N.G. Awards ceremony held in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference and are listed below by category.

AUDIO OF THE YEAR
BioShock

MUSIC OF THE YEAR
BioShock

SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR
BioShock

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
God of War II

BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE
BioShock

BEST HANDHELD AUDIO
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow

BEST AUDIO – OTHER
Jewel Quest II

BEST CINEMATIC/CUT-SCENE AUDIO
BioShock

BEST DIALOGUE
BioShock

BEST ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL
“Welcome To Rapture” – BioShock

BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL – CHORAL
“Main Titles” – God of War II

BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL – POP
“Still Alive” – Portal

BEST USE OF LICENSED MUSIC
BioShock

BEST ARRANGEMENT OF A NON-ORIGINAL SCORE
Simpsons Game

BEST GAME AUDIO ARTICLE, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST
“The World of Game Composing” – Film Music Magazine

MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF AUDIO
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2
(Audio controlling graphics & physics engine)

BEST USE OF MULTI-CHANNEL SURROUND IN A GAME
Halo 3

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (TIE)
Austin Wintory (composer – flOw)
Tomas Neumann (audio programmer – Crysis)

STUDENT/APPRENTICE CONTEST WINNERS
Mike “Skitch” Schichiano (music)
Mikkel Eskessen (sound design)

G.A.N.G. RECOGNITION AWARDS
Russell Brower (audio director & composer – Blizzard Entertainment)
Rod Abernathy (composer – Dead Head Fred)
Michael “Piano Squall” Gluck (Piano Squall album and charity work)

G.A.N.G. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Sean Beeson
Jerry Lyons
Chance Thomas
Becky Young

G.A.N.G./EXPRESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP
Nathan Rain Schwartz

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Brian Schmidt

Source: Gamasutra.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here