Golden Joystick Awards 2007 Announces Shortlists

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The Oscars of the gaming world, the Golden Joystick Awards will today announce the shortlists for each of the 17 categories in the 25th anniversary year of the UK’s oldest and biggest gaming award ceremony. Since 1 July, gamers worldwide have been voting for games on the Golden Joystick Awards longlists* at www.goldenjoystick.com and, with more votes being cast than ever before, the second round of shortlist** voting begins today. The Golden Joystick Awards is also proud to announce that David Mitchell, star of Channel 4’s brilliant Peep Show and feature film Magicians, is set to host this year’s award ceremony.

As all three super consoles now available to gamers, the 25th anniversary of the Golden Joystick Awards coincides with the most exciting time in video gaming history ever. With 2006 proving to be the‘year of the handheld’, it remains to be seen what will emerge triumphant from this year’s Golden Joystick Awards. The sheer muscle of the recently launched Sony Playstation 3 grabbed the attention of gamers in last year’s awards as it received the‘One To Watch’ accolade but the innovation of the Nintendo Wii console and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 are both proving popular amongst UK gamers.

As most games publishers continue to release titles across all platforms, 2007 is shaping up to be a software showdown. The shortlist for this year’s‘One’s To Watch’ category is entirely populated by highly anticipated game releases including Metal Gear Solid 4, Halo 3 and Grand Theft Auto IV. Unsurprisingly, both the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 feature in the‘Innovation Award’ shortlist along with the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation’s alternative The Playstation Network, while the‘Mobile Game of the Year’ category is generating a lot of voting traffic and is being hotly contested by a number of titles in this, the newest of the GJA categories. Elsewhere in the awards, despite the availability of the super consoles, both the Playstation 2 and PC are still proving to be popular gaming platforms and there are some interesting developments in the‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ shortlist, that heavily features expansive, fantasy game titles such as World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and Gears of War. The Golden Joystick Awards 2007 shortlists in full are as follows:

The Sun Family Game of the Year

• Wii Sports

• Guitar Hero II

• LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

• Viva Piñata

• Virtua Tennis 3

• Mario Party 8

• Sims 2 Pets

• Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

• Rayman Raving Rabbids

• Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Bliss Girls’ Choice Award

• Guitar Hero II

• Viva Piñata

• Okami

• Cooking Mama

• Virtua Tennis 3

• Sims 2 Pets

• SingStar Pop Hits

• Crackdown

• Buzz!: The Mega Quiz

• Rayman Raving Rabbids

BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year

• Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

• Guitar Hero II

• The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

• Need for Speed Carbon

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• God of War II

• Gears of War

• The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

• World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

• Okami

• Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

Nuts All Nighter Award

• Gears of War

• WoW: Burning Crusade

• Wii Sports

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• Pro Evolution Soccer 6

• Resistance Fall of Man

• The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

• Battlefield 2142

• Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

• Company of Heroes

Handheld Game of the Year

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

• Final Fantasy III

• Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

• Killzone: Liberation

• Pro Evolution Soccer 6

• Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice For All

• Tekken: Dark Resurrection

• Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

• Chili Con Carnage

Innovation Award

• The Nintendo Wii

• PlayStation 3

• DirectX 10

• Wii Sports

• Halo 3 Beta

• Steam

• Xbox Box Live Arcade

• The PlayStation Network

• Wii Play

• Crackdown

Mobile Game of the Year

• Final Fantasy

• Lemmings Return

• Sims 2 Pets

• 3D Space Invaders

• Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

• Transformers

• UEFA Champions League 2006-2007

• Before Crisis - Final Fantasy VII

• World Series of Poker Texas Hold'em

• Orcs&Elves

Nintendo Game of the Year

• The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

• Wii Sports

• Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition

• Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

• Call of Duty 3

• Final Fantasy III

• Mario Strikers: Charged Football

• LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

• Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2

• Red Steel

Ones To Watch Award

• Grand Theft Auto IV

• Assassin's Creed

• Crysis

• Halo 3

• Super Smash Bros. Brawl

• Metal Gear Solid 4

• Super Mario Galaxy

• Fallout 3

• Bioshock

• Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Online Game of the Year

• EVE Online: The Path to Kali

• World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

• Gears of War

• The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

• Resistance: Fall of Man

• Mario Strikers Charged Football

• Guild Wars: Nightfall

• Battlefield 2142

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

PC Game of the Year

• World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

• The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

• Command&Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

• S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl

• Company of Heroes

• Football Manager 2007

• Guild Wars Nightfall

• Battlefield 2142

• Test Drive Unlimited

• The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

• Medieval II: Total War

• Supreme Commander

• Gothic 3

• Neverwinter Nights 2

Playstation Game of the Year

• God of War II

• Final Fantasy XII

• Resistance: Fall of Man

• Okami

• MotorStorm

• Guitar Hero II

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

• The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

• Call of Duty 3

• Pro Evolution Soccer 6

• Killzone: Liberation

• Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

• F.E.A.R.

• Canis Canem Edit

Xbox Game of the Year

• Gears of War

• Guitar Hero II

• Forza Motorsport 2

• Crackdown

• The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

• Call of Duty 3

• Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

• F.E.A.R.

• Viva Piñata

• Test Drive Unlimited

• Saints Row

• The Darkness

• Virtua Tennis 3

• Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

• Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Publisher of the Year

• Nintendo

• Ubisoft

• Rockstar Games

• Electronic Arts

• Microsoft Game Studios

• Sony

• Codemasters

• THQ

• Square Enix

• Konami

• Capcom

• Atari

• Take Two Interactive / 2K Games

• Activision

• Sega

Retailer of the Year

• Amazon.co.uk

• Play.com

• Game

• Gamestation

• Gameplay

• HMV

• EB Games

• Virgin Megastores

• Gameseek

UK Developer of the Year

• Rockstar North

• Codemasters

• Lionhead

• Rare

• Team 17

• Free Radical

• Criterion

• Sony London

• Bizarre Creations

• Traveller's Tales

• Evolution Studios

• Realtime Worlds

• Sports Interactive

• FireFly Studios

• Llamasoft

Ultimate Game of the Year

• Gears of War

• World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

• The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

• The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

• God of War II

• Final Fantasy XII

• Resistance: Fall of Man

• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

• MotorStorm

• Guitar Hero II

• Wii Sports

• Guild Wars Nightfall

• Okami

• Test Drive Unlimited

• Company of Heroes

The final results of the Golden Joystick Awards 2007 will be unveiled at the glitzy award ceremony, held at London’s Park Lane, Hilton hotel on Friday, 26th October 2007. Having started life performing with the famous Cambridge Footlights, host David Mitchell has become a household name in British comedy thanks to the huge success of Peep Show and the many sketch show series that he, and long term comedy partner, Robert Webb, have written and starred in. Once again, the entire night will be webcast live through computerandvideogames.com and, for the first time ever, on the gamesradar.com websites.

Officially the world’s oldest and most respected games award ceremony, the Golden Joystick Awards this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Held for the first time in 1982, the Golden Joystick Awards have been honouring innovation in gaming since the days when Atari, Commodore and Spectrum ruled the earth. Now, as the world enjoys a golden age of video gaming there has never been a period when the pastime was more popular. Once considered the pursuit of bedroom geeks and younger kids, video gaming is finally poised to break through to the mainstream and has become one of the biggest entertainment industries in the UK, equalling the film industry in economic value. The Golden Joystick Awards 2007 are set to be the definitive guide to what’s exciting the world’s rapidly growing gaming community.

VOTE NOW AT www.goldenjoystick.com

***ENDS***

For further information on the Golden Joystick Awards please contact:

Dan Walsh @ The Incubator

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E: dan@incubator-music.com

NOTES TO EDITORS:

*Every game released between the 31st July 2006 and the 1st August 2007 is eligible for the Golden Joystick Awards’ longlist. Voted for entirely by gamers, the only time the Golden Joystick Award committee are involved in the process is when deciding which categories games should be represented in

**The shortlist will comprise the top 10-15 (depending on category) games as voted for by gamers. The shortlists will be announced on August 1st 2007 and gamers will have a second opportunity to vote for the

overall winning game

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