At the CESA Developers Conference (CEDEC) in Yokohama, Dragon Quest
creator Yuji Hori walked away with the headline "Special Award," while dev teams behind Okami
and Shadow of the Colossus
were also recognized.
Hori's recognition came a year after
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto won the same award for his contributions to gaming, according to Japanese gaming blog Andriasang.com.
The Shadow of the Colossus
programming team won the CEDEC award for programming, while the artists who worked on Capcom's Okami
walked away with the visual arts award. Okami
, which has appeared on PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii, is presented in a Japanese watercolor art style.
The Monster Hunter Portable
team won the award in game design, and another portable game, Nintendo's Rhythm Heaven Gold
won the sound category.
Winning the network category was Nico Nico Video, a Japanese video sharing service. A new literary award went to the authors of "Technology You Should Know Before you Become a Game Programmer."
CEDEC is run by by Japan's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, which also runs the annual Tokyo Game Show.