Videogame Academy Awards name the top titles of the 2007

Call of Duty 4, BioShock and Orange Box were recognized with four statues at last week’s 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and former Sony president Ken Kutaragi were also awarded for their contributions to the games industry.

"The Interactive Achievement Awards is the forum for the industry's best game makers to evaluate the merits of more than 160 titles submitted for consideration and honor the best in technical innovation and gameplay experience," said Joseph Olin, president of the AIAS. "This year's winners truly represent the best cross section of interactive entertainment, demonstrating the power of next-generation platforms that have come of age."

Overall game of the year went to Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4, which was also named as the console game of the year, action game of the year and outstanding achievement in online game play. Activision announced last month that Call of Duty 4 was the top selling game of 2007.

Computer game of the year was Valve’s mega-bundle, the Orange Box. Composed of an unbeatable value proposition of Half-Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2 and the unforgettable Portal, Orange Box raised the bar on the PC well as consoles. Portal, in particular, was recognized specifically for its outstanding achievement in game design, game play engineering and character performance.

Released last summer, BioShock by 2K Boston and 2K Australia was an instant darling among both PC and Xbox 360 gamers. BioShock was awarded for its outstanding achievement in story development, original music composition, sound design and art direction.

Not surprisingly, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was the multiplayer game of the year. The most popular MMO currently has over 10 million subscribers. Mike Morhaime, president, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, was inducted as the 11th member of the AIAS Hall of Fame.

Rock Band also picked up a trio of awards for its outstanding innovation in gaming, achievement in soundtrack and was also named family game of the year.

Besides Rock Band and Orange Box, EA published a number of other award winning titles. Its skate. game captured sports game and cellular game of the year. Crysis had little contest in attaining outstanding achievement in visual engineering and Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars was named the best strategy/simulation game of the year.

Nintendo’s own Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for DS was named the handheld game of the year, while Super Mario Galaxy on Wii was the adventure game of the year.

For a full list of awards and more information, see the official AIAS Awards document (PDF).

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