CMP's Game Developer Announces Winners of the 2006 Front Line Awards

Magazine Honors the Year's Seven Best Game Creation Tools, Inducts Microsoft Visual Studio to the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame

PRNewswire
SAN FRANCISCO
Dec 18, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- CMP Technology's Game Developer has named the winners for the ninth annual Front Line Awards, celebrating the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, hardware, game engine, middleware, and books. In addition, the magazine has revealed that Microsoft's flagship software development product for computer programmers, Microsoft Visual Studio, is the 2006 inductee to the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Each year, honor is bestowed upon a product that has made an outstanding contribution to the game development industry for five years or more. All winners will be profiled in the January 2007 issue of Game Developer, available on newsstands beginning January 17, 2007.

The complete list of winners of the 2006 Game Developer Front Line Awards is as follows:

Programming Tool: Perforce version 2006.1, Perforce Software,
  http://www.perforce.com/perforce/products.html

  Art Tool: Modo 202, Luxology, http://www.luxology.com/

  Engine: Unreal Engine 3, Epic, http://www.unrealtechnology.com/

  Middleware: AI.implant, Engenuity Technologies Inc., http://www.ai-implant.com/

  Hardware: PhysX, Ageia and BFG Technologies, http://www.bfgtech.com/physx

  Book: "ShaderX4: Advanced Rendering Techniques," Wolfgang Engel (ed.),
  Charles River Media, January 2006, http://www.charlesriver.com/

  Audio Tool: Wwise 2006.2.1, Audiokinetic, http://www.audiokinetic.com/

  Hall of Fame: Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft,
  http://www.microsoft.com/vstudio

"Game Developer heartily congratulates the winners of the 2006 Front Line Awards," said Simon Carless, Editor-In-Chief of Game Developer. "These tools represent the most innovative, user-friendly, and useful products from behind the scenes of the world's best video games and we are proud to give them a bit of the glory they deserve."

Game Developer's mission for more than ten years has been to provide game developers with information, news, and articles that pertain directly to them. The Front Line Awards are the magazine's official way of recognizing the tools that developers need to do their jobs. Each year, Game Developer looks at the powerful lineup of new products and new releases of favorite tools, from game engines to books, and selects the top five in seven different categories. After a comprehensive judging process by a distinguished panel of professional game developers specializing in the fields relevant to the various categories, one winner is chosen in each.

For more information, please visit Game Developer online at http://www.gdmag.com/.

  About Game Developer (http://www.gdmag.com/)

Game Developer, the print publication written specifically for creators of entertainment software, provides technical and industry information to over 35,000 professional game developers. Each month, industry leaders and game development experts share technical solutions, review new products, and discuss strategies for creating innovative, successful games. Game Developer features articles written by professional game developers on cutting-edge game development techniques in the areas of graphics and AI programming, audio design and engineering, art and animation, QA/testing, game design, and project management.

About the CMP Game Group (http://www.cmpgame.com/)

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the CMP Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, the Webby Award-winning Gamasutra.com, the Serious Games Summit D.C., GDC Mobile, GDC Europe, the Independent Games Festival, the Game Developers Choice Awards, GDC London, the London Games Summit, GDCTV, GDCRadio, and the GDC Focus On event series. For more information, please visit http://www.cmpgame.com/.

About CMP Technology (http://www.cmp.com/)

CMP Technology is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com/), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

SOURCE: CMP Technology

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Web site: http://www.perforce.com/perforce/products.html

Web site: http://www.luxology.com/

Web site: http://www.unrealtechnology.com/

Web site: http://www.ai-implant.com/

Web site: http://www.bfgtech.com/physx

Web site: http://www.charlesriver.com/

Web site: http://www.audiokinetic.com/

Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/vstudio

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