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The list of official nominations for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards is announced.

Message to UK games industry notables - start preparing your ‘impromptu’ acceptance speeches, as the official nominations for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards are announced today.

Amongst the front-runners at this stage are EA Games’ Medal of Honor franchise, which has been nominated in five categories (including Game of the Year and Online Game of the Year), Take Two’s Grand Theft Auto III (three nominations) and Blizzard’s WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (also three nominations). In total, more than 60 computer and video games, products and services have been nominated across 14 separate categories.

“Whatever the eventual result, everyone involved in all of the companies and products short-listed today should be proud of their achievement and should remember that their nomination has come direct from the most important source – their customers,” says Tara Leathers, Games Division Publisher for Dennis Publishing. “We will be actively encouraging all of the nominees to encourage their customers to register their votes between now and the final closing date and will supply any materials we can that will help with this process.”

In addition to the platform-specific ‘Game of the Year’ awards, there are a number of other accolades up for grabs, covering all sections of the UK trade, including hardware, publishing, development and retail.

Retailer of the Year will see a battle between the traditional high street shop and the emerging online retail sector, with GAME, Virgin Megastores, Gamestation and HMV representing the former and Amazon, Gameplay, Play and Jungle representing the ‘dotcoms’.

In the Hardware of the Year category, the two video games consoles released in the last 12 months (Microsoft’s Xbox and the Nintendo

GameCube) are joined by a range of PC hardware innovations (NVIDIA’s GeForce 4600, Intel’s Pentium 4 and AMD’s XP processor) and, in what must be a first for any awards ceremony, Nintendo’s GameCube Game Boy Advance cable.

Some pointers towards this year’s seasonal best-sellers might be found in the ‘Most Wanted Game for Christmas’ category, where some of the biggest franchises in gaming are set to face off. The nominees for this award include Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, Metal Gear Solid II: Substance, Splinter Cell, Super Mario Sunshine, Unreal Tournament 2003 and WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth.

Perhaps the most hotly-contested category of all will be the Game of the Year award, which sees nominations from all of the major hardware platforms. Included in this category are Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto III, Halo, Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault, Metal Gear Solid II: Sons Of Liberty, Neverwinter Nights, Shenmue II, Super Monkey Ball, Super Smash Bros. Melee and WarCraft III: Reign Of Chaos.

While voting was completely open up until this point, only votes cast for nominated products will be counted from today forward. Voting continues at the Golden Joystick Awards website www.goldenjoystick.co.uk  until the final closing date of Friday October 18th. The winners will be announced at the Golden Joystick Awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Jonathan Ross and will take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Friday October 25th.

The Golden Joystick Awards are sponsored by Jungle.com (Game of the Year), Vivendi Universal Games (Hardware of the Year), Electronic Arts (Retailer of the Year) and MacroVision (Publisher of the Year).

The full list of nominees is as follows:

PS2 Game of the Year

  • Final Fantasy X

  • Grand Theft Auto III

  • ICO

  • Medal Of Honor: Frontline

  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty

  • Pro Evolution Soccer

PC Game of Year

  • Grand Theft Auto III

  • Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

  • Morrowind: The Elder Scrolls III

  • Neverwinter Nights

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

  • WarCraft III: Reign Of Chaos

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Championship Manager

  • Dead Or Alive 3

  • Halo

  • Jet Set Radio Future

  • Max Payne

  • Project Gotham Racing

Gamecube Game of the Year

  • Luigi's Mansion

  • Pikmin

  • Resident Evil

  • Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II

  • Super Monkey Ball

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • Handheld Game of the Year

  • Advance Wars

  • Golden Sun

  • Doom Advance

  • Mario Kart Advance: Super Circuit

  • Sonic Advance

  • Super Mario World: Mario Advance 2

Online Game of the Year

  • Counterstrike

  • Day Of Defeat

  • Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

  • Phantasy Star Online v2

  • Return To Castle Wolfenstein

  • WarCraft III: Reign Of Chaos

Hardware of the Year

  • AMD Athlon XP Processor

  • GameCube/GBA link cable

  • GeForce Titanium 4600

  • Microsoft Xbox

  • Nintendo GameCube

  • Pentium 4 Processor

British Developer of the Year

  • Codemasters

  • EA Games

  • Lionhead

  • Rare

  • Rockstar North (DMA Design)

  • Sony

Publisher of the Year

  • Activision/LucasArts

  • EA Games

  • Eidos Interactive

  • Konami

  • Microsoft

  • Sony

  • <li></li>Retailer of the Year

  • Amazon.com

  • GAME

  • Gameplay.com

  • Gamestation

  • HMV

  • Jungle.com

  • Play.com

  • Virgin Megastores

Game Innovation of the Year

  • Open-ended play in Grand Theft Auto III

  • Style of ICO

  • Bullet Time in Max Payne

  • D-Day landing in Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

  • Mission creation tools in Neverwinter Nights

  • Control system in Pikmin

Most Wanted Game for Christmas

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

  • Metal Gear Solid II: Substance

  • Splinter Cell

  • Super Mario Sunshine

  • Unreal Tournament 2003

  • WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth

Game of the Year

  • Final Fantasy X

  • Grand Theft Auto III

  • Halo

  • Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault

  • Metal Gear Solid II: Sons Of Liberty

  • Neverwinter Nights

  • Shenmue II

  • Super Monkey Ball

  • Super Smash Bros. Melee

  • WarCraft III: Reign Of Chaos

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