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4th Annual G.A.N.G. Award Winners Announced
4th Annual G.A.N.G. Award Winners Announced
March 27, 2006 | By Simon Carless

March 27, 2006 | By Simon Carless
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The 4th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards honored the top achievers in game audio at the Game Developers Conference last week in San Jose, California, and has now officially announced the winners of its multiple awards.

In the event, Sony Santa Monica's God Of War swept many of the major categories, including Music of the Year and Audio of the Year, but Harmonix's Guitar Hero also won out for Best Use of Licensed Music, and Best Original Vocal / Pop award went to "Katamari on the Swing" from We Love Katamari.

The full list of winners, including artist names, is available on the official G.A.N.G. website, but the synopsis is as follows:

Best Dialogue:
God of War

Most Innovative Use of Audio:
Guitar Hero

Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround In a Game:
Call of Duty 2
F.E.A.R.


Best Arrangement of a Non-Original Score:
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogies Revenge

Best New Audio Technology:
Microsoft XNA Audio Format

Best Audio Software:
Spectrasonics STYLUS RMX Realtime Groove Module

Best Audio Hardware:
M-AUDIO MicroTrack 24/96

Best Game Audio Article, Publication, or Broadcast:
The Treatment of Music in Games - Part I, II & III, by Jim Charne

Best Interactive Score:
God of War

G.A.N.G. Recognition Awards:
Nile Rodgers and Jim Charne

Best Original Instrumental:
"The Tragic Hero" from Peter Jackson's King Kong

Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio:
God of War

Best Live Performance Recording:
God of War

Best Original Vocal / Pop:
"Katamari on the Swing" from We Love Katamari

Best Original Vocal / Choral:
"Muse" from Advent Rising

Best Original Soundtrack Album:
Jade Empire

Sound Design of the Year (Tie):
God of War
Call of Duty 2


Best Audio/Other:
Lumines

Best Sound Library:
East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs

Best Sound Design in a Sports or Driving Game
Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Rookie of the Year:
Gerard Marino

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Bobbie Prince

Distinguished Service Award:
Paul Lipson, Mark Guleno, Shiloh Hobel, Jerry Lyons, Michelle Sorger

G.A.N.G. 4th Annual Student/Apprentice Competition

Music Composition:
Wilbert Roget "The Awakening of Anubis"

Sound Design:
Carsten Rojahn "G.A.N.G. GTA Contest"

Music of the Year:
God of War

Best Use of Licensed Music:
Guitar Hero

Audio of the Year:
God of War

Also honored at the awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award was veteran composer Bobby Prince, who made music for seminal early PC titles such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Duke Nukem 3D.


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