IGDA rolled into DICE awards

Former GDC Awards-bestowing development organization will now vote on AIAS' annual Interactive Achievement Awards, held at February 2009 event.

From February 18-20 2009, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences will hold its 12th annual DICE Summit in Las Vegas. Today, the organization announced its Interactive Achievement Awards--doled out at DICE--will now be voted on by members of both the AIAS and another leading game-industry body, the International Game Developers Association. The IGDA currently boasts more than 14,000 members, hailing from a variety of positions.

"The Interactive Achievement Awards have stood as the pinnacle of the awards season as publishing and development peers select the titles that best represent the industry across a number of creative categories," said AIAS president Joseph Olin. "Our partnership with the IGDA deepens the relevance of the Awards by expanding the peer group voting for awards. This basically makes the Interactive Achievement Awards the official awards of the games industry."

As part of the partnership, IGDA members will now have a voice in the "craft" IAA categories, which includes outstanding achievements in story development, sound design, and art direction. From 2001 to 2007, the IGDA had partnered with Think Services (then CMP Media group) on the Game Developers Choice Awards handed out during the Game Developers Conference. However, as of this year's event, Think Services ended that partnership, with GDC show runners taking full control of the 2008 awards ceremony.

Hosted last year by comedian Jay Mohr, the IAAs crowned Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as the 2007 Game of the Year. Other honorees included Valve's The Orange Box for Computer Game of the Year, Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for Handheld Game of the Year, and Blizzard's World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade for Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year.

The 2009 DICE Summit will return to the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in northern Las Vegas, with speakers and events to be announced shortly. Check out GameSpot's coverage of last year's show for more on the event.

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18 comments
zallo
zallo

Left 4 dead, gears 2 Metal gear solid 4 GTA4 they all have a good chance for game of the year imo

skywarp001
skywarp001

who votes for this? dont understand

pwndOo
pwndOo

Orange box is the greatest!

JoetheMoe
JoetheMoe

sweet, gears 2 has a good chance at game of the year. it'll be between that and metal gear solid 4.

BelzebuVlad
BelzebuVlad

There are a lot of good games, I've not played Fallout 3 yet, neither FarCry 2, so at this moment for me the 2008's GOTY is Metal Gear Solid 4 or Grand Theft Auto 4, but in the next days my opinion may change....

funnysplay
funnysplay

Ive not played it yet, but i still figure Metal Gear Solid4 will claim 2008 GOTY.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Alot of good games to pick from this year

oxiedo
oxiedo

I hope to get game designers or developers to Precious gifts because we need from them Great design games in next year

ICEMAN9800
ICEMAN9800

Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Metal Gear Solid 4, and Little Big Planet its too hard to choose the winner for GOTY,its a great time to be gamer

NightmareCV
NightmareCV

lots of great games, but i hope to god MGS4 gets it. i have never felt as much satisfaction beating a game as i did with that. more than my moneys worth. i know it has some tought competition but in the end i think it will come out on top. 10 out of 10 doesnt lie.(and yes i know GTA4 got a 10 too but MGS4 should still win it)

djmillard2
djmillard2

too many choices! if GTA4 gets game of the year i will have lost my faith in humanity. go COD5!

Mafia217
Mafia217

this shall be a very interesting award

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

cool, zelda for handheld of the year

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

hmm should be interesting to see what they say about this years stellar selection.