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9th Annual GAME AUDIO NETWORK GUILD Award Noms Announced

February 8, 2011

GAME AUDIO NETWORK GUILD (G.A.N.G.) ANNOUNCES FINAL NOMINEES FOR 9TH ANNUAL G.A.N.G. AWARDS

Awards Ceremony to Take Place Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 During Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 8th, 2011) - The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio, is proud to announce the finalists for the 9th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards to honor outstanding creative, technical and artistic audio achievement in the world of interactive entertainment.

Voted and judged upon by the game audio industry and members of G.A.N.G., the finalists represent an array of the best audio in gaming from 2010.  A 70 person Advisory Committee helps in deciding each of the final nominees which includes hundreds of hours of research, listening, watching and playing.  The standouts for nominations this year include Red Dead Redemption with 10 nominations and Dante’s Inferno with 7.  Other notable multiple nominees include God of War III, Bioshock II, Heavy Rain, Halo: Reach and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.  

Final voting has begun and the final winners are chosen by the entire membership of the G.A.N.G. organization.  Over 2,000 people representing over 30 countries have signed up as members of G.A.N.G. since its inception in 2002.  "I hate to sound redundant, but each and every year the quality and workmanship of the industry continues to soar higher and higher," said Tommy Tallarico, G.A.N.G. Founder, CEO and Chairman. "The level of quality continues to be outstanding and each of these nominees is a unique and wonderful creation and incredible piece of art for the entire industry to be proud of.”  G.A.N.G. President Paul Lipson added, "With over 350 submissions this year, just making it to the final nomination process is something to be very proud of.  Spotlighting the hard work and talented game audio individuals from around the world has always been a major focus of G.A.N.G. and something we pride ourselves on.”

The winners will be announced at the 9th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards ceremony being held on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference.

AUDIO OF THE YEAR

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Dante's Inferno
  • God of War III
  • Heavy Rain
  • Red Dead Redemption


MUSIC OF THE YEAR

  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Bioshock 2
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Heavy Rain
  • James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • Red Dead Redemption


SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Bioshock 2
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • God of War III
  • Red Dead Revolver


BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

  • Bioshock 2
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Halo: Reach
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Video Games Live - Level 2


BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE

  • Dante's Inferno
  • God of War III
  • Halo: Reach
  • Heavy Rain
  • James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • Red Dead Redemption


BEST HANDHELD AUDIO

  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge
  • Monster Hunter Portable 3
  • Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoshi
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands


BEST CINEMATIC/CUT-SCENE AUDIO

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • God of War III
  • Medal of Honor
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • StarCraft II
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm


BEST DIALOGUE

  • Bioshock 2
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • God of War III
  • Mafia II
  • Medal of Honor
  • Red Dead Redemption


BEST ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL

  • "Athens Harbour Chase" - James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • "Ethan Mars Theme" - Heavy Rain
  • "Main Theme" - Red Dead Redemption
  • "Northern Grasslands" - Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer
  • "The Palace Gates" - Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii)


BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL - CHORAL

  • "Alice's Theme" - Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
  • "Dante's Theme" - Dante's Inferno
  • "Hymn" - Halo: Reach
  • "Invincible" - World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
  • "Overture" - God of War III
  • "Redemption" - Dante's Inferno


BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL - POP

  • "Dagomba" - Just Dance 2
  • "Dead Man's Gun" - Red Dead Redemption
  • "Far Away" - Red Dead Redemption
  • "I’ll Take It All" - James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • "No Death In Love" - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • "The Peri" (Zahara's Theme) - Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands


BEST USE OF MULTI-CHANNEL SURROUND

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Call of Duty: Black-Ops
  • Crackdown 2
  • Fable III
  • Halo: Reach
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron


BEST USE OF LICENSED MUSIC

  • Bioshock 2
  • Civilization V
  • DJ Hero 2
  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
  • Mafia II
  • Rock Band 3


BEST GAME AUDIO ARTICLE, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST

  • APM Music Film & Television Music Podcast
  • "Composing the Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic"
  • "From the Shadows of Film Sound: Cinematic Production & Creative Process in Video Game Audio"
  • "Recording Firearms Explosions"
  • "The Weight of Silence - How Silence Can Indicate a Character's Importance"


Other presentations at the Awards Ceremony will include the Rookie of the Year award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the G.A.N.G. Recognition Awards, Student/Apprentice competition winners and the G.A.N.G. Distinguished Service Awards.

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About G.A.N.G. [www.audiogang.org]
The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is a non-profit organization established to educate the masses in regards to interactive audio by providing information, instruction, resources, guidance and enlightenment not only to its members, but to content providers and listeners throughout the world. G.A.N.G. empowers its members by establishing resources for education, business, technical issues, community, publicity and recognition. G.A.N.G. also supports career development for aspiring game audio professionals, publishers, developers and students.

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