6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards Finalists

GAME AUDIO NETWORK GUILD (G.A.N.G.) ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 6TH ANNUAL G.A.N.G. AWARDS

Awards Ceremony to Take Place Thursday, February 21st, 2008 During Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

20 Year Industry Veteran Brian Schmidt to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (Feb. 6th, 2008) - The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio, announced the finalists for the 6th 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., this year's finalists represent an array of the best audio in games from 2007. Over 1,200 people representing over 30 countries have signed up as members of G.A.N.G. since its inception in 2002.

"It took the 50 person G.A.N.G. Advisory Board over a month to decide the final nominees," said Tommy Tallarico, G.A.N.G. Founder, CEO and Chairman. "With over 350 entries received this year, just being a final nominee is something to be very proud of. When you see and hear the amazing quality of the titles nominated I think you get a very good sense of where the game audio industry is headed."

Winners will be announced at the 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards ceremony being held on Thursday, February 21st, 2008 in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference. The show will take place in the North Hall of the Moscone Center (Room 134) and will include live video game music performances throughout the evening.

Finalists for the 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards are listed below by category.

AUDIO OF THE YEAR

BioShock

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

God of War II

Halo 3

Mass Effect

MUSIC OF THE YEAR

Assassin's Creed

BioShock

God of War II

Halo 3

The Golden Compass

SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR

BioShock

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Crysis

The Orange Box

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM

Dead Head Fred

God of War II

Halo 3

Mass Effect

Red Steel

BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE

BioShock

Flow

God of War II

LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

BEST HANDHELD AUDIO

Dead Head Fred

MLB 07: The Show

Shrek The Third: Shrek's Way

Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow

Transformers

BEST AUDIO - OTHER

Grim's Downfall (online game)

Jewel Quest II

Nine Billion Miles From Earth (online game)

Treasure Tunes (online game)

Website for Halo 3 Soundtrack

BEST CINEMATIC/CUT-SCENE AUDIO

BioShock

Halo 3

Heavenly Sword

Hellgate: London

Mass Effect

BEST DIALOGUE

BioShock

God of War II

Halo 3

The Orange Box

The Simpsons Game

BEST ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL

"Welcome To Rapture" - BioShock

"Infiltrating The Eagle's Nest" - Blazing Angels 2

"Main Menu" - The Golden Compass

"Epilogue" - Lair

"The Citadel" - Mass Effect

BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL - CHORAL

"City of Jeruslaem" - Assassin's Creed

"Joan of Arc" - Bladestorm

"Luck" - Halo 3

"Main Titles" - God of War II

"Divine Intervention" - Universe At War: Earth Assault

BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL - POP

"Jerusalem Horse Ride" - Assassin's Creed

"Beowulf's Army" - Beowulf

"M4 Part II" - Mass Effect

"Still Alive" - Portal

"Lament of the Highborne" - World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

BEST USE OF LICENSED MUSIC

BioShock

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80's

Rock Band

Skate

BEST ARRANGEMENT OF A NON-ORIGINAL SCORE

Pirates of the Caribbean Online

Purr Pals

The Simpsons Game

BEST GAME AUDIO ARTICLE, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST

"The Golden Compass Composer Diary - GameSpy

"The World of Game Composing" - Film Music Magazine

"What's The Score?" - British Academy Magazine

"Video Games Live" - Eurogamer TV Show

"Does it Sound Next-Gen?" - Game Developer Magazine

MOST INNOVATIVE USE OF AUDIO

LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar - "The Player Music System"

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 - Audio controlling graphics & physics engine

Treasure Tunes (online game)

Flow

Mass Effect - dialogue engine

BEST USE OF MULTI-CHANNEL SURROUND IN A GAME

BioShock

Crysis

Halo 3

Lair

God of War II

Other presentations include the Rookie of the Year award, Student/Apprentice competition winners, the G.A.N.G. Recognition Awards and the G.A.N.G. Scholarship for game audio with Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, valued at over $10,000.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to 20 year game industry veteran Brian Schmidt who is best known for his audio work in classic games such as MADDEN FOOTBALL, DESERT STRIKE, STAR WARS TRILOGY, and the award-winning Crue Ball. His theme from the original NARC arcade video game was later covered and recorded by The Pixies. In 1998, Brian left the freelance world to work at Microsoft, where he set the direction for game audio technologies for Windows and Xbox for the next decade.

About the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.)

The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) was founded in 2002 by the top game audio professionals as a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio for the interactive arts. G.A.N.G.'s mission is to promote and 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. provides a sense of community to its fellowship and the interactive community through the sharing of knowledge and experience among members and related organizations industry-wide.

More information can be found at the G.A.N.G. website: www.audiogang.org.

Diamond Sponsors: DTS, Intel, APM, American Federation of Musicians, Sumthing Else Music Works, Escalet. Gold Sponsors: Dolby Laboratories. Bronze Sponsors: NARAS Producers & Engineers Wing, Killer Tracks, Video Games Live. Patron Sponsors: Midway Home Entertainment, RipTide Music, Inc., Audiokinetic, Minnetonka Audio Software. Program partners: Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, Pyramind, Conservatory for Recording Arts and Sciences.

Additional G.A.N.G. Awards show sponsors include: Bungie, Law Offices of Jim Charne, Crytek, THX and Sony Computer Entertainment of America.

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