The ninth annual G.A.N.G. Awards were handed out this week at GDC. The Game Audio Network Guild, a group dedicated to advancing interactive audio and those who create it, received more than 350 submissions for this year's honors. And just like other awards shows there was one clear favorite among the winners. Press play to see if your favorite game won! And by play we mean Read More.
The big winner at this year's G.A.N.G. Awards was Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption. The open-world western won five awards, including Best Interactive Score, Best Dialogue, the Rookie of the Year Award for RDR's composers Bill Elm and Woody Jackson as well as G.A.N.G.'s two top honors, Audio of the Year and Music of the Year. Frankly, we would have given them one more, for Most Awesome Vinyl Soundtrack Release for their Red Dead Red Vinyl edition of the game’s OST!
And the second going to Dave "Eurythmics" Stewart for Best Original Vocal - Pop for Blood Stone's opening theme, "I'll Take it All", which leads us to ask Activision, in a gentleman spy proper sort of way; Can game music fans get an official soundtrack release for this game now?
The other multi-award winner was Battlefield: Bad Company 2, which received awards for Best Use of Multi-Channel Surround in a Game for Sound Design of the Year. The Best Soundtrack Album honor went to Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall for Video Games Live: Level 2, the second release of music from their increasingly popular live music tour.
Game soundtrack record label Sumthing Else Musicworks received the G.A.N.G. Recognition Award and Chris Huelsbeck was bestowed the G.A.N.G. Lifetime Achievement Award. Huelsbeck has dozens of game soundtracks to his credit, including the newly announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, the iPhone game Zombie Smash and probably his best known work, music for the Turrican series.
Other winners included:
Best Audio, Other - Halo: Waypoint "The Return"
Best Handheld Audio - Monkey Island 2 Special Editions: LeChuck’s Revenge
Best Cinematic/Cut Scene Audio - StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Best Original Vocal - Choral - "Invincible" World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Best Use of Licensed Music - Bioshock 2
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's G.A.N.G. Awards! If your favorite game music from 2010 didn’t win, tell us why it should have in the comments below! (Difficulty: Music from Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy X and Metal Gear Solid 2 were not eligible this year, so no mentioning them!)
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