Skyrim Nominated for 5 Game Developer Choice Awards

The finalists for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards were announced today — with Skyrim receiving nominations in five categories: Game of the Year, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Audio, and Best Visual Arts. Bethesda Game Studios previously was nominated for Best Game for Oblivion in 2006 and won Game of the Year Award for Fallout 3 (shown above) in 2009.

This year’s winners will be announced during the Game Developers Conference on Wednesday, March 7th.

In other award news, Skyrim has recently received the following accolades:

Professor Burgess talks level design at GDC

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Earlier this month, Fallout 3 Lead Level Designer Joel Burgess headed out to San Francisco for the 2010 Game Developer’s Conference. At the conference, Joel joined other LDs (including Splash Damage’s Neil Alphonso) as a speaker for an all-day tutorial called Level Design in a Day: Best Practices from the Best in the Business.

We thought you guys might be interested in hearing about Joel’s experience. Heeere’s Joel…

This month I attended my first-ever GDC.  There were a lot of great talks I got to attend, and the expo floor was full of cool new tech.  I had the honor of sharing a stage at GDC with some great minds in Level Design.  I spoke with Jim Brown (Epic), Ed Byrne (Zipper), Matthias Worch (Visceral), Neil Alphonso (Splash Damage), as well as Forrest Dowling and Coray Seifert (Kaos).

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Watch John Carmack Accept the GDC Lifetime Achievement Award Tonight

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As we mentioned last month, id Software luminary John Carmack will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award at the GDC Choice Awards tonight. And thanks to the internet, you can watch it happen.

Grab some popcorn and head on over to GameSpot to view a live stream of the show. It all begins at 9:30 EST/6:30 PST — which gives you just enough time to squeeze in a few Quake Live frags before the proceedings.

John Carmack to Receive GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

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It was just announced that id Software’s John Carmack will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, in recognition of “two decades of groundbreaking technical contributions, and his role establishing the first-person shooter genre with landmark titles like DOOM and Quake.”

The award was voted on by an elite list of gaming luminaries, including Ben Cousins (EA DICE), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Metaplace), John Vechey (PopCap), Ray Muzyka (BioWare) and Clint Hocking (Ubisoft). Will Wright will present Carmack with the award on March 11.

Gamasutra did a good job of recapping Carmack’s many achievements:

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Weekend Update

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In case you missed these, here’s plenty of stories you can read up on…

At last week’s GDC, Emil participated in two events. On Wednesday, he joined Shadow of the Colossus/Ico creator Fumito Ueda (Team Ico) and No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda (Grasshopper Manufacture) for the developer panel “Evolving Game Design: Today and Tomorrow, East and West Game Design.” You can check out some of their discussion at Shacknews. Additionally, on Friday, Emil had the keynote for GDC’s Game Career Seminar. There’s a pretty good recap of the address here at Gamespot.

In case you didn’t already know it, The Pitt takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of the Steel City. With the news of a game taking place in their town, Pittsburgh Station KDKA talked with Jeff Gardiner about the game’s take on the city.

Last week IGN Australia held their awards for the best games of 2008 — where Fallout 3 captured the IGN Select Award for Game of the Year, as well as Best PC Game. The game also received Runner Up honors in several categories — including the all-important Best Widow Maker category.

In our final update on the March Mayhem Developers Showdown, we bowed out of the competition after losing a very close matchup (51% to 49% ) to Turbine. You may recall that Turbine ousted us in the Final Four of last year’s showdown.

Fallout 3 wins GOTY, Best Writing at Game Developers Choice Awards

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GDC is currently going on in San Francisco, and at last night’s Game Developers Choice Awards, Fallout 3 came away with two awards — Best Writing and Game of the Year.

If you’d like to watch the awards, check out the video on Gamespot. At the 18:30 mark, Emil accepts the Best Writing award, and several members from the team accept the Game of the Year award at the 47:20 mark.

A double dose of Emil

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Looks like I get a chance to to use my “Emil Card” image again, as there’s two news items to share on Fallout 3′s Lead Writer.

First, at Gamasutra, there’s a new feature titled The Gamasutra 20: Top Game Writerswith Emil making the list. Congrats to Emil and all the other amazing writers that made the list.

In other Emil news, it was announced this week that he’ll be keynoting an upcoming Game Career Seminar at GDC. The seminar will take place during the conference on Friday, March 27.For more details, check out the news story at Game Daily.

Zenimax Online Studios unveils website

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Thought you guys would like to know that ZeniMax Online Studios launched their new website today. Check it out to learn more about the company — including current job listings and a greeting from Matt Firor, the company president.

Speaking of job listings, recruiters from ZeniMax will be at this year’s Austin Game Developers Conference next week. If you’re interested in a job and in town for the conference, be sure to stop by Booth 100.