Game Developer Announces Finalists for the 2006 Front Line Awards

CMP Technology's Game Developer Magazine Names Top Five Finalists in Seven Categories for Best Video Game Creation Tools of the Year

Nov 28, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The editors of CMP Technology's Game Developer have named the finalists for the 2006 Front Line Awards, the magazine's ninth annual evaluation of the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, hardware, game engine, middleware, and books.

The final award winners, plus one inductee to the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame chosen for its outstanding contribution to the game development industry for five years or more, will be announced in the January 2007 issue of Game Developer, available on newsstands beginning January 17, 2007.

Products were nominated in all categories by Game Developer magazine's readers and other game professionals; winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of professional game developers specializing in the fields relevant to each category. Finalists and winners are selected based on utility, innovation, value, and ease of use.

"Game Developer magazine, at its heart, is about the advancement of the state of the art of games and the Front Line Awards celebrate the otherwise unsung heroes of that demanding quest," said Simon Carless, Editorial Director of Game Developer. "In a year that has brought us into the next generation, it is these products that have made possible the incredible new gaming experiences we can now enjoy."

The finalists for the 2006 Game Developer Front Line Awards are:

  Torque Game Builder 1.1.1, Garage Games
  Valve Source Engine, Valve
  Unreal Engine 3, Epic
  HeroEngine, Simutronics Corporation
  Gamebryo 2.2, Emergent

  "Better Game Characters By Design,"
    Katherine Isbister, Morgan Kaufmann
  "3D Game Textures: Create Professional Game Art Using Photoshop,"
    Luke Ahearn, Focal Press
    Wolfgang Engel (ed.), Charles River Media
  "Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Videogames,"
    Chris Bateman, Charles River Media
  "Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds,"
    by Jesper Juul, The MIT Press

  FireGL V7300, ATI
  GEForce 7950GX2, Nvidia
  PhysX, Ageia and BFG Technologies
  Alienware Mj12 8550i workstation, Alienware/Dell
  Xbox 360 XMA Audio Decompression Hardware, Microsoft

  AI.implant, Engenuity Technologies Inc.
  SpeedTree 4.0, IDV
  Havok FX 4.0, Havok
  Euphoria, NaturalMotion
  Kynapse SDK 4, Kynogon SA

  XNA Game Studio Express, Microsoft
  Perforce SCM 2006.1, Perforce Software
  NVPerfKit2, Nvidia
  IBM Rational Purify Plus v7.0, IBM
  DevTrack 6.0, TechExcel

  Modo 202, Luxology
  Maya 8, Autodesk
  Corel Painter IX.5, Corel
  Softimage Face Robot, Softimage
  MotionBuilder 7.5, Autodesk

  Wwise 2006.2.1, Audiokinetic
  Miles Sound System v7.q, RAD Game Tools
  CRI ADX, CRI Middleware Co. Ltd.
  Vivox Precision Studio and the Vivox Network managed service, Vivox
  ISACT, Creative Labs

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