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2006 AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards

Last night in Las Vegas, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) held its 9th annual Interactive Achievement Awards. This year's event was a gala affair, featuring a red carpet, celebrity presenters, and comedian Jay Mohr as host.

Sony took home accolades in numerous marquee categories, including Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievment (Art Direction). Also winning big was Red Octane, for its smash-hit music game, Guitar Hero.

Winners

Overall Game of the Year: God of War (Sony)

PC Game of the Year: Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

Console Game of the Year: God of War (Sony)

Sports Game of the Year: SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts)

First-Person Action Game of the Year: Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

Role-Playing Game of the Year: Jade Empire (Microsoft)

Fighting Game of the Year: Soul Calibur III (Namco)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year: God of War (Sony)

Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)

Children's Game of the Year: We Love Katamari (Namco)

Downloadable Game of the Year: WIK: Fable of Souls (Microsoft)

Family Game of the Year: Guitar Hero (Red Octane)

Simulation Game of the Year: The Movies (Activision)

Strategy Game of the Year: Civilization IV (2K Games)

Handheld Game of the Year: Nintendogs (Nintendo)

Cellular Game of the Year: Ancient Empires II (Glu Mobile)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
   (tie) City of Villains (NCsoft)
   (tie) Guild Wars (NCsoft)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Guitar Hero (Red Octane)

Outstanding Achievement, Animation: God of War (Sony)

Outstanding Achievement, Art Direction: Shadow of the Colossus (Sony)

Outstanding Achievement, Soundtrack: Guitar Hero (Red Octane)

Outstanding Achievement, Original Music Composition: God of War (Sony)

Outstanding Achievement, Sound Design: God of War (Sony)

Outstanding Achievement, Story and Character Development: Call of Duty: Big Red One (Activision)

Outstanding Achievement, Online Game Play: Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

Outstanding Achievement, Visual Engineering: Shadow of the Colossus (Sony)

Outstanding Achievement, Game Design: Guitar Hero (Red Octane)

Outstanding Character Performance, Male: God of War (Sony)

Outstanding Character Performance, Female: Jade Empire (Microsoft)

Outstanding Achievement, Gameplay Engineering:
   (tie) Nintendogs (Nintendo)
   (tie) Guitar Hero (Red Octane)

The Interactive Achievement Awards have been presented annually since 1998. The awards are determined by a vote of qualified Academy members. Next year's awards will be televised as part of a new agreement made with Dick Clark Productions, which handles such ceremonies as the Golden Globes and Daytime Emmy Awards.

2/10/2006 Frank Provo

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