Interactive Achievement Awards Finalists

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' Fifth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards Finalists (thanks Computer Games Online) have been unveiled. Included are seven nominations for Lionhead's Black & White, including Game of the Year (a nomination shared by another PC game, Civilization III), as well as a nod to Return to Castle Wolfenstein for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering and a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Game Design for Dark Age of Camelot. Here are a few other PC nominees:
Computer Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Aliens vs. Predator 2 (Monolith/Sierra Entertainment/Fox Interactive)
Myst III Exile (Presto Studios/Ubi Soft Entertainment)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (id Software/Activision)
Undying (EA Los Angeles/Electronic Arts)

Computer Role Playing Game of the Year
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (BioWare Corp./Interplay)
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Wizardry 8 (Sir-tech Canada/Sir-tech Canada)

Computer Game of the Year
Black & White (Lionhead Studios/Electronic Arts)
Dark Age of Camelot (Mythic Entertainment/Mythic Entertainment, Inc.)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (id Software/Activision)
Sid Meier's Civilization III (Firaxis Games/Infogrames)

Innovation in Computer Gaming
Black & White (Lionhead Studios/Electronic Arts)
Dark Age of Camelot (Mythic Entertainment/Mythic Entertainment, Inc.)
Majestic (Anim-X/Electronic Arts)
The Sims: Hot Date (EA – Maxis/Electronic Arts)

Online Game Play of the Year
Aliens vs. Predator 2 (Monolith/Sierra Entertainment/Fox Interactive)
MechWarrior 4: Black Knight Expansion (Cyberlore Studios/Microsoft)
Monopoly Tycoon (Deep Red/Infogrames)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (Activision/id Software)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Red Storm Entertainment/Ubi Soft Entertainment)
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Re: Well.
Feb 13, 2002, 00:05
anon@195.92
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Re: Well. Feb 13, 2002, 00:05
Feb 13, 2002, 00:05
anon@195.92
 
Know what i missed about RTCW? no MASSIVE bosses...all the nazis where really feeble...The ORIGINAL built a bit of suspense before meeting a chunky "big gunning GERMAN"...
RTCW on the other hand just floods ya with generic nazi after zombie nazi...those leather-clad vixens just dont do it i am afraid...end boss was "ok"...
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No subject
Feb 12, 2002, 17:28
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No subject Feb 12, 2002, 17:28
Feb 12, 2002, 17:28
 
So do any of you have any substancial evidence that the panals are accepting bribes? Or are you just whining because your game of choice isn't up there?

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Mass Market
Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Eon
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Mass Market Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Feb 11, 2002, 06:08
Eon
 
If they were mass market nominated, you'd have to put up with Deer Hunter XXXIV winning an award - so thank God that it isn't!

I don't see anything too out of the ordinary in the nominees.


Eon

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Whatever
Feb 7, 2002, 18:39
25.
Whatever Feb 7, 2002, 18:39
Feb 7, 2002, 18:39
 
I looks like the are nominating by popularity with the mass public cause some of these games dont even come close in greatness to the real ones out their.

IE;

Computer Role Playing Game of the Year
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal (BioWare Corp./Interplay) ? WTF were they thinking, can we say arcanium ?
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Wizardry 8 (Sir-tech Canada/Sir-tech Canada)


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Tribes 2
Feb 7, 2002, 10:52
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Tribes 2 Feb 7, 2002, 10:52
Feb 7, 2002, 10:52
 
When whill this game get the respect it deserves? Perhaps Tribes 1/2 were just ahead of their time? I just read a preview of Unreal Tourney II and you know what, it sounds more and more like tribes II with every new preview (exspansive terrains, vehicles, etc.) Tribes will be the "new" System Shock, not appreciated by those who never played it till after those that did stop playing it.

Just look at the online game nominees. Ghost Recon? Are you kidding me? It's only mildly more enetertaining to be instantly killed by someone else rather than the computer. Not to mention that the Coop doesn't allow you to save the session. Hooey, I say!!


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ZigZang
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Re: damnit.
Feb 7, 2002, 07:52
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Re: damnit. Feb 7, 2002, 07:52
Feb 7, 2002, 07:52
 
Not to mention the multiplayer goodness is pale in comparison.

Go back to VE #12, you freak!

Seriously though, it's pretty obvious what a few of the people on this thread have said about companies paying to be on the list. It's not worth our attention..even though we keep talking about it

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Some surprising nominees...
Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Eon
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Some surprising nominees... Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Feb 7, 2002, 06:52
Eon
 
...well, maybe surprising if you're not in the industry.

I hope Black & White gets the innovation prize, but I'd be deeply disturbed if it got the "game of the year" award because, whilst it was very different and innovative in terms of what it tried to do, it was probably the worst game I bought in recent history at being a GAME.

The Sims: Hot Date - well, the Sims games deserve accolades for blazing a game design trail. The game itself is completely neutral - it lets you decide how things work and where you find your "gameplay". My wife likes to dabble with the Sims, and she basically enjoys cheating like hell and building different palatial homes. She uses the Sims themselves as a kind of scoring system for her house designing habits. I like to plan the expansion of a Sims homelife and career - considering my purchases carefully.

I think that's the very definition of an innovative design, especially in these days of endless FPS cloneage.

Granted the guys who make these decisons AREN'T you - the target audience - so they tend to only look at the games that get put in front of them, and it costs a certain amount for a games credentials to get noticed. That's different to outright vote buying - these awards mean very little, and outright bribery is quite expensive for the panels that decide this sort of thing.

Far cheaper to bribe printed mag journo's. Allegedly.


Eon

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Re: Max Payne
Feb 7, 2002, 04:48
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Re: Max Payne Feb 7, 2002, 04:48
Feb 7, 2002, 04:48
 
which is a nice idea, but one thats done all over the place. Interesting that you pay cash to get nominated though, thanks for the info.

Anvil
Anvil - from the land of warm beer and mad cattle.
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Re: Painful
Feb 7, 2002, 00:11
indiv
 
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Re: Painful Feb 7, 2002, 00:11
Feb 7, 2002, 00:11
 indiv
 

Payne is exactly where it should be; not on this list. Talk about overhyped and underwhelming.

Despite what you thought of the gameplay, the presentation of the story was both unique and innovative. It certainly deserved mention in the art category and maybe some other categories (that I don't know about because I think this list is a farce).

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Re: Max Payne
Feb 6, 2002, 22:58
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Re: Max Payne Feb 6, 2002, 22:58
Feb 6, 2002, 22:58
 
If I were you guys I'd put together a competing awards program that actually had some level of integrity and respect.

You're kidding, right?

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Max Payne
Feb 6, 2002, 22:26
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Max Payne Feb 6, 2002, 22:26
Feb 6, 2002, 22:26
 
...isn't on the list because you have to pay cash to be nominated. These awards have nothing to do with what games is worthy for an award and everything to do with paying money to the AIAS.

If I were you guys I'd put together a competing awards program that actually had some level of integrity and respect.

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Re: WTF?
Feb 6, 2002, 21:56
anon@12.234
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Re: WTF? Feb 6, 2002, 21:56
Feb 6, 2002, 21:56
anon@12.234
 
Where's Max Payne?
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WTF?
Feb 6, 2002, 21:50
anon@142.152
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WTF? Feb 6, 2002, 21:50
Feb 6, 2002, 21:50
anon@142.152
 
Myst III Exile vs. Return to Castle Wolfenstein!?!

Ummmmmmm.....
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Well.
Feb 6, 2002, 21:09
15.
Well. Feb 6, 2002, 21:09
Feb 6, 2002, 21:09
 
Another year, another baffling list of nominees. Did Wolfenstein get on their due to the hype machine, or did no one at the AIAS actually play it? The SP in that game was boring through and through, but it still goes up for game of the year? I can see it maybe up for Online Game Play, but I think MOH:AA is a much more deserving nominee for the other categories. Maybe it was released too late, though.


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Re: damnit.
Feb 6, 2002, 20:51
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Re: damnit. Feb 6, 2002, 20:51
Feb 6, 2002, 20:51
 
>It still doesn't quite explain where Outstanding
>Achievement in Art Direction comes in though. Is that not
>the same as Visual Engineering?

Actually, they're different things.

"Visual Engineering" basically refers to the beauty of the 3-D engine.

"Art Direction" is the quality of the art assets.

These are two very different aspects of a product produced by different sub-teams.

For example, Disciples II may very well be nominated for "Art Direction" next year because of its fanstastic art, but certainly wouldn't ever even be considered for "Visual Engineering" because it's completely 2D and doesn't require a souped-up graphics engine to run.

Notice that the games under "Visual Engineering" all have amazing 3D engines, where the ones under "Art Direction" all have more unique and/or high-quality textures, models, and general creative design. (Especially Munch -- MGS2 and Rogue Squadron were lame picks in my opinion though.)

Halo was nominated for both awards because it excelled in both areas.

-Scott

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Re: damnit.
Feb 6, 2002, 20:34
anon@24.112
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Re: damnit. Feb 6, 2002, 20:34
Feb 6, 2002, 20:34
anon@24.112
 
Gotta give them credit for the categories. I mean nowhere else will you see Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering (I think this means "fun") or Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering ("it looks perty") to describe a game.
It still doesn't quite explain where Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction comes in though. Is that not the same as Visual Engineering? Hm..makes one wonder if they've even played a game before or just skipped straight to the accepting of brib..er..donations.
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damnit.
Feb 6, 2002, 20:29
anon@206.245
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damnit. Feb 6, 2002, 20:29
Feb 6, 2002, 20:29
anon@206.245
 
Where's Tribes2. That should definitly be in the mutiplayer catagory.. the netcode for avp2/ghost recon sux. Not to mention the multiplayer goodness is pale in comparison.

who's judging this crap?, Counterstrike players?
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Re: Painful
Feb 6, 2002, 20:13
anon@63.197
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Re: Painful Feb 6, 2002, 20:13
Feb 6, 2002, 20:13
anon@63.197
 
Payne is exactly where it should be; not on this list. Talk about overhyped and underwhelming. Of course, that can be said for most of the PC games on the list (and most of them are the *good* ones). Pretty depressing for the most part.

At least the console list looks pretty good. GTA3, Advance Wars, Ico, THPS3, top notch games on any platform
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Painful
Feb 6, 2002, 20:07
anon@68.54
10.
Painful Feb 6, 2002, 20:07
Feb 6, 2002, 20:07
anon@68.54
 

Where's Max Payne? WTF!?
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Small titles getting props
Feb 6, 2002, 19:24
9.
Small titles getting props Feb 6, 2002, 19:24
Feb 6, 2002, 19:24
 
I did think it was nice that they recognized two undersung titles:

Monopoly Tycoon -- Honestly, I have a lot of respect for this game. It's one of the most original yet engaging game designs to come along in a while, and they managed to strongly leverage the Monopoly license while making an entirely new game. If you haven't played it yet, I strongly suggest you give it a shot. It wholey deserved its 2 nominations.

Conker's Bad Fur Day -- an adult-themed game on a kids system. I suppose it was doomed to failure, but the 2 nominations should help vindicate its development team a little.

-Scott

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