Think Services' Game Developer Magazine Names 2008 Front Line Award Finalists

Eleventh Annual Awards for the Year's Best Video Game Creation Tools Announces Top Five Finalists in Six Categories Plus a Hall of Fame Inductee

Dec 2, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The editors of Think Services' Game Developer Magazine have named the finalists for the 2008 Front Line Awards, the magazine's eleventh annual evaluation of the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, game engines, middleware, and books.

Each year, Game Developer looks at the powerful lineup of new products and new releases of favorite tools for professional game developers, and uses a combination of reader nominations and editor input to select the top five contenders in six different categories.

As always, the Front Line Award finalists represent the most innovative, user-friendly, and useful products from behind the scenes of the world's best video games. The finalists for the 2008 Game Developer Front Line Awards are:

  Photoshop CS3                      Adobe
  SOFTIMAGE|XSI 7                    Softimage
  Autodesk 3ds Max 2009              Autodesk
  Modo 302                           Luxology
  Autodesk Maya 2008                 Autodesk

  Vivox Precision Studio v. 2        Vivox
  Wwise 2008.3                       Audiokinetic
  Fmod Designer 4.17                 Firelight Technologies
  Miles Sound System 7.2c            Rad Game Tools
  Voice-O-Matic 2.6                  Di-O-Matic

  Unity 2.1                          Unity Technologies
  CryEngine 2                        Crytek
  Gamebryo 2.5                       Emergent Game Technologies
  Torque Game Engine 1.5.2           GarageGames
  Source Protocol 14, Build 3531     Valve

  Autodesk Kynapse 5                 Autodesk
  PathEngine 5.16                    PathEngine
  Havok Physics                      Havok
  Euphoria                           NaturalMotion
  GameSpy SDK                        GameSpy

  TestTrack Pro 2008.2              Seapine Software
  Perforce 2008.1                   Perforce Software
  XNA Game Studio 2.0               Microsoft
  Subversion 1.5                    CollabNet
  Visual Studio 2008 SP1            Microsoft

  Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing Games by Matt
  AK Peters
  Game Production Handbook, 2nd Edition by Heather Maxwell Chandler
  Infinity Science Press
  Real-Time Rendering, Third Edition by Tomas Akenine-Moller, Eric Haines,
   Naty Hoffman
  AK Peters
  The Art of Game Design: A Book Of Lenses by Jesse Schell
  Morgan Kaufmann
  Game Programming Gems 7, edited by Scott Jacobs
  Charles River Media

For this year's Front Line Awards, both Game Developer magazine subscribers and community members were surveyed to nominate the best game development-related products. Following consultation with the magazine's editors, finalists were selected based on criteria such as utility, innovation, value, and ease of use, and professional developers are now voting to decide this year's ultimate winners.

"This was a year in which tools became even more key to the game industry, with both high-end console game complexity and small-team indie innovation needing high quality products to help get things done swiftly and efficiently," said Brandon Sheffield, editor-in-chief of Game Developer. "The editors of Game Developer extend our congratulations to all of this year's Front Line Awards finalists!"

The final winners for the prestigious awards, 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 2009 issue of Game Developer magazine, available to subscribers in early January. (The Front Line Awards Hall of Fame inductee is not eligible for consideration for regular awards in its winning year.)

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