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Winners: 2011 Game Audio Network Guild Awards

The Game Audio Network Guild Awards may not draw attention on par with the GDC or IGF Awards, but is an important occasion celebrating the outstanding work being done in interactive entertainment audio. Chosen by peers comprising a 70-person committee, the final winners for excellence in audio have been announced.

Winners are highlighted in red.

Audio Of The Year
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Dante's Inferno
God of War III
Heavy Rain
Red Dead Redemption

Music Of The Year

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bioshock 2
Dante's Inferno
Heavy Rain
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Red Dead Redemption

Sound Design Of The Year
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Bioshock 2
Dante's Inferno
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
God of War III
Red Dead Redemption
Best Soundtrack Album
Bioshock 2
Dante's Inferno
Halo: Reach
Mass Effect 2
Red Dead Redemption
Video Games Live - Level 2

Best Interactive Score
Dante's Inferno
God of War III
Halo: Reach
Heavy Rain
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Red Dead Redemption
Best Handheld Audio
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge
Monster Hunter Portable 3
Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoshi
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Best Cinematic/Cut-Scene Audio

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
God of War III
Medal of Honor
Red Dead Redemption
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Best Dialogue

Bioshock 2
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
God of War III
Mafia II
Medal of Honor
Red Dead Redemption
Best Original Instrumental
"Athens Harbour Chase" - James Bond 007: Blood Stone
"Ethan Mars Theme" - Heavy Rain
"Main Theme" - Red Dead Redemption
"Northern Grasslands" - Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer
"The Palace Gates" - Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Wii)
Best Original Vocal - Choral
"Alice's Theme" - Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland
"Dante's Theme" - Dante's Inferno
"Hymn" - Halo: Reach
"Invincible" - World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
"Overture" - God of War III
"Redemption" - Dante's Inferno
Best Original Vocal - Pop
"Dagomba" - Just Dance 2
"Dead Man's Gun" - Red Dead Redemption
"Far Away" - Red Dead Redemption
"I’ll Take It All" - James Bond 007: Blood Stone
"No Death In Love" - Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
"The Peri" (Zahara's Theme) - Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
Best Use Of Multi-Channel Surround
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty: Black-Ops
Crackdown 2
Fable III
Halo: Reach
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Use Of Licensed Music
BioShock 2
Civilization V
DJ Hero 2
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Mafia II
Rock Band 3

Best Game Audio Article, Publication Or Broadcast
APM Film & Television Music Podcast
"Composing the Music of Star Wars: The Old Republic"
"From the Shadows of Film Sound: Cinematic Production & Creative Process in Video Game Audio"
"Recording Firearms Explosions"
"The Weight of Silence - How Silence Can Indicate a Character's Importance"

G.A.N.G Recognition Award
Sumthing Else Musicworks

G.A.N.G. Distinguished Service Award
Dren McDonald, Jacquie Shriver

Rookie Of The Year Award
Woody Jackson, Bill Elm

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Huelsbeck

  • I'm glad that BFBC 2 won those categories, it has some of the best soundwork i've ever heard.
  • I don't want to discredit in any way those that won, but I'm quite surprised that ME2 is barely featured. I for one think it's audio deserved more than just one nomination.
  • Congrats

  • Lords of Shadow and Ni no Kuni deserved something =(

  • This is all wrong red dead was good but are you kidding me?? Bad Company 2 has the best audio for cinimatic AND of the year that is BS
  • I haven't played red dead redemption, but I haven't heard that it had good sound. I wonder how Halo Reach didn't win best soundtrack - half of the entertainment value in that game can be found in the sound.
  • Congrats to all the winners.

  • The fact that NieR wasn't nominated for anything shows how much BS these awards are. NieR's music is phenomenal.
  • ***! Red Dead and BFBC2 cleaned up! Good for them :)

  • Congrats to all winners.

  • Woooooo! Woody Jackson!

    I have to admit, RDR does deserve Best Dialogue...but I would have to go against Best Music of the Year...I think Dante's Inferno or Heavy Rain were more deserving of that award.

  • Cool

  • looks like red dead did good

  • How the *** did Mass Effect 2 get left out?!?!

  • i wana know how many awards red dead has won this year. im gonna guess around 20

  • Its sad that these are only games from the west. I know that Japan is behind us within gaming standards, but they did have a few games that deserved some of these awards.

  • Wait Mass Effect 2 wasn't even nominated for best dialouge?
    But I totally agree that Bad Company 2 won for best sound design!
  • Am I the only one who's played Amnesia: The Dark Descent??? That game had some great audio, but it didn't get nominated for any awards. I'm sure these other games are great, but it should have at least gotten a nomination.
  • One of my favorite things about BFBC2 was the amazing sound design! Good to see that DICE got some recognition for that! But, congrats to all the nominees and winners.

  • I LOVE video-game music!! I also highly recommend music from the album "Play! A Video Game Symphony Live!", and the song "Winter Contingency" from the album "Halo Legends".

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