Aside from looking and playing great, BioShock is a great sounding game. Looking over the list of the nominees for the 6th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards, it seems that the game has made it into most of the categories, including Music of the Year, Audio of the Year, Sound Design, Best Score, Best Cutscene, Best Dialogue , and more.
G.A.N.G is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio, and they've just announced the finalists for the 6th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards ceremony, which is to take place on Thursday, 21st February during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The nominees and winners are chosen and voted on by their peers, including some of the best composers and sound designers in the games industry.
"It took the 50 person G.A.N.G. Advisory Board over a month to decide the final nominees,” said Tommy Tallarico, Founder/CEO/Chairman, Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.). “With over 350 entries received this year, just being a final nominee is something to be very proud of. When you see and hear the amazing quality of the titles nominated I think you get a very good sense of where the game audio industry is headed."
Who would you pick for the top audio and music in games in 2007? Was there something better than BioShock?
MUSIC OF THE YEAR Assassin’s Creed BioShock God of War II Halo 3 The Golden Compass
AUDIO OF THE YEAR BioShock Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare God of War II Halo 3 Mass Effect
SOUND DESIGN OF THE YEAR BioShock Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Crysis The Orange Box Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE BioShock Flow God of War II LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
BEST HANDHELD AUDIO Dead Head Fred MLB 07: The Show Shrek The Third: Shrek’s Way Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow Transformers
BEST AUDIO – OTHER Grim’s Downfall (online game) Jewel Quest II Nine Billion Miles From Earth (online game) Treasure Tunes (online game) Website for Halo 3 Soundtrack
BEST CINEMATIC/CUT-SCENE AUDIO BioShock Halo 3 Heavenly Sword Hellgate: London Mass Effect
BEST DIALOGUE BioShock God of War II Halo 3 The Orange Box The Simpsons Game
BEST ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTAL "Welcome To Rapture" – BioShock "Infiltrating The Eagle’s Nest” – Blazing Angels 2 "Main Menu” – The Golden Compass "Epilogue” – Lair "The Citadel" – Mass Effect
BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL – CHORAL "City of Jeruslaem" – Assassin’s Creed "Joan of Arc" –Bladestorm "Luck" – Halo 3 "Main Titles" – God of War II "Divine Intervention" – Universe At War: Earth Assault
BEST ORIGINAL VOCAL – POP "Jerusalem Horse Ride" – Assassin’s Creed "Beowulf’s Army" – Beowulf "M4 Part II" – Mass Effect "Still Alive" – Portal "Lament of the Highborne" – World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ALBUM Dead Head Fred God of War II Halo 3 Mass Effect Red Steel
BEST USE OF LICENSED MUSIC BioShock Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s Rock Band Skate
BEST ARRANGEMENT OF A NON-ORIGINAL SCORE Pirates of the Caribbean Online Purr Pals The Simpsons Game
BEST GAME AUDIO ARTICLE, PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST - The Golden Compass Composer Diary – GameSpy - "The World of Game Composing” – Film Music Magazine - "What’s The Score?” – British Academy Magazine - "Video Games Live" – Eurogamer TV Show - "Does it Sound Next-Gen?" – Game Developer Magazine
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