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Video game finalists named for 2009 Interactive Achievement Awards

'Uncharted 2: Among the Thieves' scores 15 nominations

Posted: January 21, 2010 7:55 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 7:51 p.m.
CALABASAS, Calif., (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced the finalists for the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards Thursday.

The nominations for this year's peer-based awards are dominated by the blockbuster game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment America) with an astounding 15 nominations from industry leaders and members of the interactive entertainment software creative community.

Reflecting the overall quality of great games in 2009, there were a number of titles with multiple nods, following closely are: Assassin's Creed II (Ubisoft), 10 nominations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2(Activision), nine nominations, Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment), eight nominations and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in
Time (Sony Computer Entertainment America) and Brutal Legend (Electronic Arts), both with four nominations.

Mirroring the continued evolution of how games are played, the Academy created three new awards: Portable Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Social Networking Game of the Year, with FarmVille (Zynga) receiving three nominations.

The awards ceremony will take place during the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit 2010, on Feb. 18 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, with comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr, returning for his fifth year as host.

These peer-based awards recognize the outstanding products, talented individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry.

"The experiences that today's games offer certainly explains why consumers of all ages are spending greater amounts of time in these fantastic worlds,"  Joseph Olin, president of AIAS, said. "This year's crop of finalists demonstrates the craft and talent of the Academy's members and their continued quest to create new worlds to explore."


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