Game Developer's 2009 Front Line Award Finalists Announced
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The editors of Think Services' Game Developer magazine, a sister publication to Gamasutra, have named the finalists for the 2009 Front Line Awards, the magazine's 12th annual evaluation of the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, game engine, middleware, and books.
Game Developer's mission for over fifteen years has been to provide game developers with information, news, and articles that pertain directly to them. The Front Line Awards are an official way of recognizing one specific aspect of the industry: 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 important tools, from game engines to books, and selects the top five products in each category. 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 2009 Game Developer Front Line Awards by category are as follows:
Art Tool Autodesk 3ds Max 2010, Autodesk Corel Painter 11, Corel Modo 401, Luxology Autodesk Mudbox 2009, Autodesk ZBrush 3.12b, Pixologic Audio Tool FMOD Designer 4.27, Firelight Technologies Miles Sound System 7.2e, RAD Game Tools ProTools v8.0.1, Digidesign Vivox Precision Studio SDK v. 3.0.6, Vivox Wwise 2009.2, Audiokinetic Middleware Havok Physics 6.6.0, Havok morpheme 2.0, NaturalMotion Scaleform GFx 3.0, Scaleform Havok Behavior 6.6.0, Havok SpeedTree 5.0, Interactive Data Visualization Engine CryEngine 3, Crytek Gamebryo Lightspeed, Emergent Game Technologies Source 126.96.36.199, Valve Unity 2.5.1, Unity Technologies Unreal Engine 3 Build 37xx, Epic Games Programming/Production Tool Adobe Flash CS4 Professional v10, Adobe Systems Hansoft 5.3, Hansoft Perforce 2009.1, Perforce Software SlickEdit 2009 ver 14.0, SlickEdit XNA Game Studio 3.1, Microsoft Book Game Coding Complete 3rd Edition by Mike McShaffry, Charles River Media Game Engine Architecture by Jason Gregory, AK Peters Mastering Unreal Technology: Vol. 1 by Jason Busby, Zak Parrish, and Jeff Wilson, Sams Publishing Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, The MIT Press Real Time Cameras: A Guide for game designers and developers by Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Morgan Kaufmann
For this year's Front Line Awards, Game Developer magazine subscribers and Gamasutra.com community members were surveyed to nominate the best game development-related products.
Following consultation with Game Developer's advisory board and editors, finalists were selected based on criteria such as utility, innovation, value, and ease of use. Professional developers were polled via an invitational survey to decide this year's ultimate winners.
"This year's finalists are drawn broadly from the industry's mature toolset and represent a selection of products that have been proven across a multitude of successful titles along with a good mix of promising new technologies," said Jeffrey Fleming, production editor for Game Developer. "The editors of Game Developer extend our congratulations to all of this year's Front Line Award 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 2010 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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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.
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