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Academy Of Interactive Arts & Sciences Announces Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) has announced the recipients of its 4th annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The Awards were presented at a gala event held in San Jose at Polly Esthers on March 22. DIABLO II (PC), developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, garnered three awards, including the top honor of overall Game of the Year 2001 and Computer Game of the Year. SSX (Play Station 2), developed and published by Electronic Arts, was awarded a total of five awards, including Console Game of the Year, and FINAL FANTASY IX (Play Station), developed by Square Co. Ltd. and published by Square Electronic Arts, took home three awards. The Academy also honored John Carmack, founder, owner and technical director of id Software, inducting him into the Academy Hall of Fame. Carmack is the creator of DOOM, which popularized the first-person shooter genre in gaming. Below is a complete list of winners in all five divisions. The credits represent the developer followed by the publisher.

CRAFT AWARDS

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

FINAL FANTASY IX (Play Station)

Square Co., Ltd./Square Electronic Arts L.L.C.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

FINAL FANTASY IX (Play Station)

Square Co., Ltd./Square Electronic Arts L.L.C.

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

MEDAL OF HONOR: UNDERGROUND (Play Station)

DreamWorks Interactive/Electronic Arts

Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition

MEDAL OF HONOR: UNDERGROUND (Play Station)

DreamWorks Interactive/Electronic Arts

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

ZELDA: MAJORAS MASK (Nintendo 64)

Nintendo Co. Ltd./Nintendo of America

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

SSX (Play Station 2)

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering

SSX (Play Station 2)

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Outstanding Achievement in Character or Story Development

BALDURS GATE II (PC)

Bioware/Interplay

CONSOLE

Action/Adventure Game of the Year

ZELDA: MAJORAS MASK (Nintendo 64)

Nintendo Co. Ltd./Nintendo of America

Role Playing Game of the Year

FINAL FANTASY IX (Play Station)

Square Co., Ltd./Square Electronic Arts L.L.C.

Fighting Game of the Year

DEAD OR ALIVE 2 (Dreamcast)

Tecmo/Tecmo

Racing Game of the Year

SSX (Play Station 2)

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Family Title of the Year

MARIO TENNIS (Nintendo 64)

Nintendo Co. Ltd./Nintendo of America

Sports Game of the Year

SSX (Play Station 2)

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Innovation in Console Gaming

SHENMUE (Dreamcast)

AM2/Sega of America

Console Game of the Year

SSX (Play Station 2)

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

ONLINE

Online Gameplay of the Year

MECHWARRIOR 4 (PC)

Microsoft/Microsoft

Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year

EVERQUEST: RUINS OF KUNARK (PC)

Verant Interactive/SCEA

PERSONAL COMPUTER

Family Title of the Year

RETURN OF THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE: CONTRAPTIONS

Dynamix/Sierra On-Line

Action/Adventure Game of the Year

DEUS EX

Ion Storm/Eidos Interactive

Role Playing Game of the Year

DIABLO II

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

Simulation Game of the Year

MECHWARRIOR 4

Microsoft/ Microsoft

Sports Game of the Year (TIE)

FIFA 2001

EA Canada/Electronic Arts

MOTOCROSS MADNESS

Rainbow Studios/Microsoft

Strategy Game of the Year

AGE OF KINGS II: THE CONQUERORS

Ensemble Studios/Microsoft

Innovation in Computer Gaming

DEUS EX

Ion Storm/Eidos Interactive

Computer Game of the Year

DIABLO II

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

GAME OF THE YEAR

Game of the Year

DIABLO II (PC)

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

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