Awards > 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

The Academy’s 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards were presented at a ceremony held in San Jose at Polly Esther’s on March 22, 2001.

Humorist Martin Lewis hosted the awards, and the presenters were Scott Campbell (Incognito Entertainment), Louis Castle (Westwood Studios), Mark De Simone (Rainbow Studios), Alex Garden (Relic Entertainment), Tony Goodman (Ensemble Studios), Lorne Lanning (Oddworld Inhabitants), Michael Limber (Angel Studios), Sid Meier (Firaxis Games), Dr. Ray Muzyka (Bioware), Gabe Newell (Valve Software), Ted Price (Insomniac Games), Tom Russo (Next Generation), Johnathan Slager (Kodiak Interactive), Chris Taylor (Gas Powered Games), Will Wright (Maxis), and Dr. Greg Zechuk (Bioware).

Diablo II, developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment, won three awards, including overall Game of the Year and PC Game of the Year.  SSX, developed and published by Electronic Arts, won five awards, including Console Game of the Year.

The Academy presented Interactive Achievement Awards in 27 craft, console, computer and online categories. The Academy also inducted John Carmack, founder of id Software, into the Academy's Hall of Fame. In keeping with Academy tradition, Hironobu Sakaguchi, last year's Hall of Fame inductee and creator of the Final Fantasy series, returned to make the presentation.

Finalists were nominated in the following categories:

Game of the Year

PC Game of the Year

Console Game of the Year

Computer Innovation

Console Innovation


Art Direction

Character or Story Development

Game Design

Game Play Engineering

Original Musical Composition

Sound Design

Visual Engineering

PC Action/Adventure

Game Title Developer Publisher
Crimson Skies Zipper Interactive Microsoft
Deus Ex Ion Storm Eidos Interactive
Escape from Monkey Island LucasArts LucasArts
No One Lives Forever Monolith Productions Fox Interactive
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Forces Raven Software Majesco Sales

PC Family

PC Role Paying

PC Simulation

PC Sports

PC Strategy

Console Action/Adventure

Console Family

Console Fighting

Console Racing

Console Role Playing

Console Sports

Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World

Online Gameplay

Past Interactive Achievement Awards
9th Annual
8th Annual
7th Annual
6th Annual
5th Annual
4th Annual
3rd Annual
2nd Annual
1st Annual
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