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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Leads With an Unprecedented 15 Interactive Achievement Award Nominations

CALABASAS, CA– January 21, 2010– The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences? (AIAS) today announced the finalists for the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards?. 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 fifteen 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), ten 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 February 18th 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,” said Joseph Olin, president, AIAS.“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.”

Following is a partial list of finalists; the complete list of Awards categories, finalists and game maker credits is available here.

Overall Game of the Year:

Assassin’s Creed II

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Publisher: Eidos/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Infinity Ward

Dragon Age: Origins

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: BioWare

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Naughty Dog Casual Game of The Year:

Drawn: The Painted Tower

Publisher: Big Fish Games

Developer: Big Fish Games

Flower

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

Flight Control

Publisher: Firemint

Developer: Firemint

Plants Vs. Zombies

Publisher: PopCap Games

Developer: PopCap Games

Scribblenauts

Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: 5th Cell Media

Action Game of the Year:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Infinity Ward

Left 4 Dead 2

Publisher: Valve Software

Developer: Valve Software

Prototype

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Radical Entertainment

Red Faction: Guerrilla

Publisher: THQ

Developer: Volition

Shadow Complex

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Developer: Chair Entertainment

Role Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year:

Borderlands

Publisher: 2K Games

Developer: Gearbox Software

Champions Online

Publisher: Atari

Developer: Cryptic Studios

Demon’s Souls

Publisher: Atlus

Developer: From Software

Dragon Age: Origins

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Bioware

Mario&Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Alphadream

Social Networking Game of the Year:

Bejeweled Blitz

Publisher: PopCapGames

Developer: PopCap Games

Farmtown

Publisher: Codebell

Developer: Codebell

FarmVille

Publisher: Zynga

Developer: Zynga

Restaurant City

Publisher: Electronic Arts/Playfish

Developer: Playfish

Adventure Game of The Year:

Assassin’s Creed II

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Publisher: Eidos/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Ratchet&Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Insomniac Games

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming:

Demon’s Soul’s

Publisher: Atlus

Developer: From Software

Farmville

Publisher: Zynga

Developer: Zynga

Flower

Publisher:Sony Computer Entertaiment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

Scribblenauts

Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment

Developer: 5th Cell Media

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios

Developer: Chair Entertainment

About the Interactive Achievement Awards

Since 1996, the Interactive Achievement Awards (IAA) have recognized games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. The IAA are the most credible, respected and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community with voting cast by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels and select professional game makers from the International Game Developers Association, a talented group of men and women who are experts in their chosen fields. The voting process is supervised and certified by Votenet Solutions, Inc. For more information on the Interactive Achievement Awards, please visit: http://www.dicesummit.org

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Contact

Wendy Zaas/Debby Chen

Rogers&Cowan

310-854-8148 / 310-854-8168

wzaas@rogersandcowan.com / dchen@rogersandcowan.com

Geri Gordon Miller

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences

818-876-0826 x202

geri@interactive.org

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