Half-Life Rules at GDC
SAN JOSE, CA - CGDA Spotlight Awards are handed out to the industry's top games. Westwood's Lou Castle takes Lifetime Achievement Award.
SAN JOSE, CA - While the show floor of the Game Developers Conference was devoted mostly to hardware and tools, software took center stage at the CGDA Spotlight Awards. While no one game dominated last year's award, this year, the hands-down winner was Valve Software's Half-Life.
Half-Life was nominated in six categories and won five, losing only to StarCraft in the multiplayer game of the year category. In total, Half-Life won for best PC game, best action game, best use of graphics, best use of audio, and best AI. In addition to those five awards, Half-Life also won the people's choice award and the best of show award.
Aside from stealing the multiplayer award from Half-Life, Blizzard also walked away with the strategy game award for StarCraft. Miyamoto's Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time also won two awards: most innovative game design and best console game.
The highlight of the awards ceremony was the second annual Lifetime Achievement awards (last year's award went to the late Dani Bunton), which was handed over to an emotional Louis Castle, co-founder of Westwood.
After emcee Johnny Wilson, editorial director of Computer Gaming World, gave a glowing introduction, a video showed various clips of Castle over the past decade and a half, as well as many of the games he worked on, including Dragon Strike, The Lion King, Lands of Lore II, and Blade Runner. Then Castle appeared on stage, visibly moved, and accepted the award with thanks.
After that award, the ceremony ended.
Best Use of GraphicsHalf-Life
Most Innovative Game DesignLegend of Zelda
Best Use of AudioHalf-Life
Best Children's TitleLego Creator
Best Trivia, Puzzle or Classic GameYou Don't Know Jack 4: The Ride
Best SimulationGran Turismo
Best Adventure/RPGBaldur's Gate
Best Sports TitleNFL Blitz
Best Action GameHalf-Life
Best Multiplayer GameStarCraft
Best PC GameHalf-Life
Best Console GameLegend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
People's Choice AwardHalf-Life
Best of ShowHalf-Life
Lifetime Achievement AwardLouis Castle
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