The 3rd annual GDC game awards have been announced and Diablo III was nominated twice and won once, for Best Audio.
Best Audio for an Online Game
The Best Audio for an Online Game Award recognizes the overall excellence of audio in an online game including sound effects, musical composition, and overall sound design for an online title.
WINNER: Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment) Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin) Tribes: Ascend (Hi-Rez Studios) Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Playdom/Disney) Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)
Best Online Technology
The Best Online Technology Award recognizes the overall excellence of technology in an online game. This includes excellence in complexity of network infrastructure, persistent world coding, graphics technology, artificial intelligence, or any other elements.
WINNER: Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin) Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment) Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston) Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse) The Sims Social (Playfish)
I still feel that I haven’t actually heard the Diablo III music, since I just hear crickets chirping and other ambient noises when I play. The overall sound effects though, from spells and monsters and such, are very well done, though. Pity Torchlight 2 wasn’t released in time to be included in the nominees, so we could all argue the merits of Matt Uelmen’s score vs. Diablo III’s.
As for the best online technology nomination… umm yeaaaah. Let’s just say it was an honor to be nominated, and leave it at that.