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Action Game of the Year

Action Game of the Year

Action Games are titles that follow the gameplay from the perspective of the character that the player is controlling. These games feature heavy weapons use and/or involve characters engaged in combat while moving through a linear or open environment. The opponent can either be controlled by another player or by the game.
Adventure Game of the Year

Adventure Game of the Year

Adventure games are those titles in which players are challenged with real-time action activities where timing, skill and accuracy are necessary to succeed. Puzzle-solving, resource management and exploration often drive the quest oriented narrative rather than primarily combat mechanics.
D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

The D.I.C.E. Sprite Award shall be awarded to a game having disproportionate resources for development and exposure (as compared to AAA titles), represent a higher degree of risk tolerance and advances our media with innovative gameplay and experiences.
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Family Game of the Year

Family Game of the Year

The Family Game of the Year shall be awarded to the best title of any genre geared towards a shared, family gaming experience. The title’s play dynamics must be suitable for a younger audience but can appeal to adults as well. These games often offer a mini-game component and encourage group play.
Fighting Game of the Year

Fighting Game of the Year

Fighting games are those titles that offer the user the virtual experience of controlling a character engaging in individual combat with another character usually from a fixed camera perspective. The opponent can either be controlled by another player or by the game.
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Game of the Year

Game of the Year

The single game, without regard to system or delivery mechanism, voted by the membership of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences that best utilizes the chosen medium to entertain users.
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Handheld Game of the Year

Handheld Game of the Year

The Handheld Game of the Year shall be the game developed specifically for a handheld gaming platform that demonstrates the greatest achievement in overall game design, play and/or breakthrough in handheld gaming. All game genres are included. Handheld platforms include, but are not limited to: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Sony PlayStation Portable, and Sony PS Vita.
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Mobile Game of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year

The Mobile Game of the Year shall be the game developed for a mobile device platform such as a mobile phone, tablet or convergence device. These games demonstrate a skilled usage of the devices software and hardware features to offer a unique and addictive play experience. All game genres are eligible.
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Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

This award will be presented to the individual or team whose work represents the highest level of achievement in bringing a character or characters to life in an interactive title. This award will consider the fluidity of movement, and interaction with the environment in addition to contextual realism (look and feel).
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Presented to the individual or team whose work represents the highest level of achievement in designing a unified graphic look for an interactive title.
Outstanding Achievement in Character

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Presented to the individual or team whose work has furthered the interactive experience through the creation of a memorable character within an interactive title. Outstanding character takes into consideration the marriage of voice acting and performance (motion capture work), character design and execution, and writing.
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

This award will be presented to the title that most effectively combines interactive and non-interactive elements to create a cohesive gameplay experience.
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay celebrates titles of any genre with a significant portion of the gameplay experience transpiring online -- collaboratively or competitively. These titles frequently offer excellent matchmaking systems, innovative gameplay options, persistent content releases that further evolve gameplay, user customization and fluidity of gameplay. Titles submitted in this category are not limited to release within the calendar year, but must be supported by significant new content.
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Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Presented to the individual or team whose work represents the highest level of achievement in original musical composition for an interactive title. Both the quality of the score and the integration of the score into the title will be considered when determining the recipient of this Award.
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Presented to the individual or team whose work represents the highest level of achievement in creating a unified audio environment, integrating both music and audio effects, in an interactive title.
Outstanding Achievement in Story

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Presented to the individual or team whose work has furthered the interactive experience through the creation of a game world -- whether an original creation, one adapted from previously existing material or an extension of an existing property which best exemplifies the coalescence of setting, characters and plot.
Outstanding Technical Achievement

Outstanding Technical Achievement

This award celebrates the highest level of technical achievement through the combined attention to gameplay engineering and visual engineering. Elements honored include but are not limited to artificial intelligence, physics, engine mechanics, and visual rendering.
Racing Game of the Year

Racing Game of the Year

Racing games are those titles that allow the user to participate in a contest in which the objective is to convey an object through a course of virtual physical progress as quickly as possible. Racing games may involve competition against other user-controlled competitors or against system controlled competitors. Racing games must simulate vehicular motion.
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Sports Game of the Year

Sports Game of the Year

Sports games offer the user the opportunity to virtually reproduce a sporting experience: either a realistic portrayal of an actual sport or games that reproduce for the user the experience of participating in an existing competitive sport.
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Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Strategy games are defined to be those titles in which the user directs or manipulates resources to create a set of conditions that result in success as determined within the confines of the game. These games can offer the user the chance to simulate or to virtually reproduce an experience, real or imaginary, which would require some form of equipment. Strategy games emphasize the planning of tactics rather than the execution.
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

The individual or small group of individuals who are responsible for directing and driving an interactive game and its team through a combination of skills that include vision, management execution, aesthetics, and game craft. This award recognizes the role of the Creative Director, Design Director, or Lead Designer in guiding all elements of a title and shaping the final outcome of a game.
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Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

This award honors a title, single-player or multi-player, where an individual assumes the role of one or more characters and develops those characters in terms of abilities, statistics, and/or traits as the game progresses. Gameplay involves exploring, acquiring resources, solving puzzles, and interacting with player or non-player characters in a persistent world. Through the player’s actions, his/her virtual characters’ statistics or traits demonstrably evolve throughout the game.
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17-Bit

17-Bit

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Arrowhead Game Studios

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Big Huge Games

Big Huge Games

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EA Tiburon

EA Tiburon

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Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts

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Fireproof Games

Fireproof Games

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Freestyle Games

Freestyle Games

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Ghost Games

Ghost Games

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Harmonix Music Systems

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Level-5

Level-5

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Media Molecule

Media Molecule

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Netherrealm Studios

Netherrealm Studios

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Slightly Mad Studios

Slightly Mad Studios

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TT Games

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Turn 10 Studios

Turn 10 Studios

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Visual Concepts

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17-Bit

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2K Sports

2K Sports

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Fireproof Studios

Fireproof Studios

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Harmonix Music Systems

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Konami

Konami

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Nexon M

Nexon M

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