GDC Online Organizers Release Finalists For Awards Ceremony

on August 24, 2011 6:00 PM

With the annual GDC (Game Developer Conference) Online ’11 around the corner, the organizers have taken the liberty of releasing the finals list for the various categories of online gaming. There are five games in each category and the categories are Best Online Visual Arts, Best Social Network Game, Best Online Game Design, Online Innovation, Best Online Technology, Best Community Relations, Best Audio, Best New Game, and Best Live Game. Chose by a committee of 400 industry professionals in a style similar to the Oscars of the Academy Awards, the games that are eligible are either games that were released in North America in the last 12 months or those that have received substantial updates in the last 12 months.

GDC Online ’11 itself will take place in Austin Texas on October 10-13, with the awards ceremony being on the night of the 12th.

Check after the break for the full list of eligible games and please let us know which game you would choose for each category. I will also bold my personal picks

Best Online Visual Arts

DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)

Best Social Network Game

CityVille (Zynga)
Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
FrontierVille (Zynga)
Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)

Best Online Game Design

Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
Zuma Blitz (Popcap)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
FrontierVille (Zynga)

Online InnovationShadow Cities (Grey Area)
Empire Avenue (Empire Avenue)
Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
Zombie Lane (Digital Chocolate)

Best Online Technology

World of Tanks (Wargaming)
CityVille (Zynga)
DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Lego Universe Online (The LEGO Group/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Community Relations

Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
World of Tanks (Wargaming)
Minecraft (Mojang)
EA Sports FIFA Superstars (Playfish/EA)
World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Audio For An Online Game

Clone Wars Adventures (Sony Online Entertainment)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
FrontierVille (Zynga)
Dragon Age Legends (EA2D)

Best New Online Game

Rift (Trion Worlds)
Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)
Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
Monster Galaxy (Gaia Online)

Best Live Game

Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
Moshi Monsters (Mind Candy)
League Of Legends (Riot Games)
World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Minecraft (Mojang)

[Gameindustry.biz]

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