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G4techTV Announces Next G-Phoria
G4techTV announced the next "G-Phoria". "G-Phoria - The Award Show 4 Gamers," will take place at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 31st. Presented by EB Games, Jeep and Stuff Magazine, G-Phoria celebrates 2004’s hottest games, stars, music and trends that define the gamer lifestyle. Dozens of celebrity gamers are scheduled to attend - as nominees, presenters and special guests.

"This has been a landmark year for G4," said Charles Hirschhorn, CEO of G4techTV. "We successfully merged G4 with TechTV and now, the merged network airs in 44 million cable and satellite homes nationwide. G-Phoria is the ultimate forum to celebrate the very best in video games and - at the same time - air a blockbuster television event for our viewers."

G-Phoria will have an eclectic VIP-lounge atmosphere. More than 1,000 exclusive guests are expected to turn out to soak in the action and play this year’s hottest video games. The event will have one main stage and then three additional entertainment areas - including game kiosks and a celebrity-studded lounge.

What other awards show has honored skateboarding legend Tony Hawk; the world’s most famous hobbit - Elijah Wood; and super plumber - Mario (of "Super Mario Bros." fame) all in the same hour? With the variety of performers and games nominated this year, G-Phoria is sure to serve up plenty of surprises.

Nominees for the 2004 G-Phoria Awards include:

Game of the Year - Call of Duty (Activision), Viewtiful Joe (Capcom), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (LucasArts), Rathcet & Clank: Going Commando (SCEA), Beyond Good & Evil (Ubisoft), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Farrah (Ubisoft)

EB Gamers Choice - Call of Duty (Activision), Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Nintendo), Ninja Gaiden (Tecmmo), Need for Speed: Underground (Electronic Arts), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (LucasArts)

Best Traditional Sports Game - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (Electronic Arts), Madden NFL 2004 (Electronic Arts), ESPN NBA Basketball (EPSN Videogames), World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 (Konami), Top Spin (Microsoft)

Best Alternative Sports Game - Tony Hawk’s Underground (Activision), NBA Street Vol. 2 (Electronic Arts), NFL Street (Electronic Arts), WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (THQ)

Best Racing Game - Project Gotham Racing 2 (Microsoft), Need for Speed Underground (Electronic Arts), Midnight Club II (Rockstar Games), Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Nintendo), F-Zero GX (Nintendo)

Best Adaptation - Enter the Matrix (Atari), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Electronic Arts), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Electronic Arts), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (LucasArts), The Simpsons Hit & Run (VU Games)

Best Cinematic - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Electronic Arts), Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (Konami), Drakengard (Square Enix USA), Final Fantasy X-2 (Square Enix USA), Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo)

Best Easter Egg - True Crimes: Streets of L.A. - Snoop Dogg Cheat (special missions) (Activision), Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike - Unlock Star Wars Arcade (Timewarp) (LucasArts), Project Gotham Racing 2 - Geometry Wars (Microsoft), Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Insomniac Museum (3:00 AM Teleporter) (SCEA), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Unlock 3D remake of original POP Level (Ubisoft)

Best Graphics - Silent Hill 3 (Konami), Ninja Gaiden (Tecmo), Far Cry (Ubisoft), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Ubisoft), Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (Ubisoft)

Best Handheld Game - Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Nintendo), WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$ (Nintendo), Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (Nintendo), Metroid: Zero Mission(Nintendo), Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (Konami)

Best Innovation - Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand (Konami), Karaoke Revolution (Konami), Pac-Man Vs. (Namco), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow (Multi-player mode) (Ubisoft), EyeToy: Play (SCEA)

Best Mobile Phone Game - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Gameloft), Bejeweled Multiplayer (JAMDAT), XIII (Gameloft), JAMDAT Bowling 2 (JAMDAT), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (JAMDAT)

Best Multiplayer Game - Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow (Ubisoft), Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Microsoft), SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (SCEA), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 (Ubisoft), Unreal Tournament 2004 (Atari)

Best New Franchise - Call of Duty (Activision), Viewtiful Joe (Capcom), Breakdown (Namco), Beyond Good & Evil (Ubisoft), Far Cry (Ubisoft)

Best RPG - Final Fantasy X-2 (Square Enix USA), Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix USA), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republlic (LucasArts), Champions of Norrath: Realms of Everquest (SOE), Deus Ex: Invisible War (Eidos)

Best Sound Design - Call of Duty (Activision), Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (Electronic Arts), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Electronic Arts), Manhunt (Rockstar Games), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Ubisoft)

Best Soundtrack - True Crimes: Streets of L.A. (Activision), Battlefield Vietnam (Electronic Arts), SSX 3 (Electronic Arts), Tony Hawk’s Underground (Activision), Amplitude (SCEA)

Best Voice Performance - Female - True Crimes: Streets of L.A. - Michelle Rodriguez (VO only) (Activision), Enter the Matrix - Jada Pinkett-Smith (likeness) (Atari), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Heidi Klum (likeness) (Electronic Arts), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Mya (likeness) (Electronic Arts), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Shannon Elizabeth (likeness) (Electronic Arts)

Best Voice Performance - Male - True Crimes: Streets of L.A. - Snoop Dogg (likeness) (Activision), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Pierce Brosnan (likeness) (Electronic Arts), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Elijah Wood (likeness) (Electronic Arts), Rise to Honor - Jet Li (likeness) (SCEA), he Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Sean Astin (likeness) (Electronic Arts)

Favorite Character - Tony Hawk’s Underground - You (Activision), Viewtiful Joe - Joe (Capcom), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic - HK-47 (LucasArts), Ninja Gaiden - Ryu Hayabusa (Temco), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow - Sam Fisher (Ubisoft)

Hottest Character - P.N. 03 - Vanessa Schneider (Capcom), Soul Calibur II - Ivy (Namco), Final Fantasy X-2 - Rikku (Square Enix USA), WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain - Stacy Kiebler (THQ), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Farrah (Ubisoft)

The lineup of celebrity guests and performers at last year’s G-Phoria is further evidence of the wide-reach of the gaming lifestyle. Hosted by Jamie Kennedy, G-Phoria 2003 celebrities included: Gena Lee Nolin, Elijah Wood, Tony Hawk, Hal Sparks, Traci Bingham, and the DOA girls with performances by Public Enemy and Flock of Seagulls.

"G-Phoria - The Award Show 4 Gamers," will be broadcast exclusively on G4techTV on FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, with the pre-show broadcast starting at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT.

Source: G4techTV

-- Jose Liz
-- PGNx Media News Team
---- June 08, 2004