GCAP Update: Crypto, Medieval dominate Aussie awards

Destroy All Humans 2 named Australia's best game for 2006; Medieval 2: Total War named best PC title.

BRISBANE, Australia--Destroy All Humans 2 and Medieval 2: Total War dominated this past weekend's Game Developers' Association of Australia Game Awards, which recognises the best games developed in Australia and New Zealand between November 2005 and November 2006.

Held in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night to coincide with the Game Connect: Asia Pacific developer conference, the awards were presented in front of more than 200 game-industry professionals. Destroy All Humans 2 and Medieval 2 took out six of the nine awards presented.

Pandemic's Destroy All Humans 2 took out the top title of Best Game for 2006, as well as the awards for Best Console Game and Best Audio. Creative Assembly's Medieval 2: Total War won the awards for Best PC Game, Best Gameplay, and Best Graphics.

GDAA president and CEO Evelyn Richardson said this year's awards had attracted a record number of nominations. "It's been a big year for the industry. We've seen our locals continue to grow with every medium and large studio, both independent and offshore parent owned, reporting significant growth in staff numbers," she said.

Tantalus Interactive's MX vs. ATV Unleashed won the title of Best Handheld Game, while Madden 07 3D by Firemint won the award for Best Mobile Game. The Adam Lancman Award for Best New Start-Up went to Endgame Studios.

Here's a full list of 2006 GDAA Game Award winners:

Best Game
Destroy All Humans 2, Pandemic Studios

Best Console Game
Destroy All Humans 2, Pandemic Studios

Best PC Game
Medieval 2: Total War, Creative Assembly

Best Handheld Game
MX vs ATV: On The Edge, Tantalus Interactive

Best Mobile Game
Madden 07 3D, Firemint

Best Gameplay
Medieval 2: Total War, Creative Assembly

Best Graphics
Medieval 2: Total War, Creative Assembly

Best Audio
Destroy All Humans 2, Pandemic Studios

The Adam Lancman Award for Best New Startup
Endgame Studios

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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vampiredust99
vampiredust99

if i took a dump, I wonder if they would make that game of the year?

SlortaHauz
SlortaHauz

Remember, these are industry awards, and lets face it, what does the industry know? "Lets make a.... I dunno.... sports game.... Give it a hiphop theme... We'll be millionaires!!!"

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Guys, no, Austrailan does not think that Destroy All Humans 2 is the best game of 2006. It won best game developed in Austrailian in 2006. Although, I think Medieval 2: Total War was a much better game than Destroy All Humans 2.

rgkegngntv
rgkegngntv

cypto is going to prob austrailia again.

ignominiousf
ignominiousf

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Archon_basic
Archon_basic

I'm surprised Medieval 2 didn't win Best Game.

fleasquire
fleasquire

Wow, destroy all humans game of the year. No wonder Australia isnt seen as a huge market.