Red Dead Redemption audio
When it comes to acknowledging the standout audio accomplishments in gaming every year, we look to the Game Audio Network Guild and its annual GANG awards, which selects five (or more!) nominees in categories like "Audio of the Year" and our personal favorite, "Best Use of Multi-channel Surround." It should come as no surprise that Rockstar's ode to the West, Red Dead Redemption, leads the pack with a whopping ten nominations including "Best Original Vocal - Pop" for both Ashtar Command's "Deadman's Gun" and Jose Gonzalez's (pictured) excellent "Far Away."

More of a surprise is the game with the second-most nominations: Dante's Inferno. For all the problems with Visceral's ode to ... God of War, its production values were never among them. Dante managed to snag seven nominations, including "Sound Design of the Year" and "Music of the Year." Ironically enough, the actual God of War 3 only managed to pull in six! Check out the full list of nominees after the break, and check back on Thursday, March 3rd when the winners will be announced during the Game Developers Conference.

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
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"

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GAME AUDIO NETWORK GUILD (G.A.N.G.) ANNOUNCES FINAL NOMINEES FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL G.A.N.G. AWARDS

Awards Ceremony to Take Place Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 During the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco


LOS ANGELES, CA (February 8th, 2011) - The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of game audio, is proud to announce the finalists for the 9th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards to honor outstanding creative, technical and artistic audio achievement in the world of interactive entertainment.

Voted and judged upon by the game audio industry and members of G.A.N.G., the finalists represent an array of the best audio in gaming from 2010. A 70 person Advisory Committee helped in deciding each of the final nominees which included hundreds of hours of research, listening, watching and playing. The standouts for nominations this year include Red Dead Redemption with 10 nominations and Dante's Inferno with 7. Other notable multiple nominees include God of War III, Bioshock II, Heavy Rain, Halo: Reach and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

"I hate to sound redundant, but each and every year the quality and workmanship of the industry continues to soar higher and higher," said Tommy Tallarico, G.A.N.G. Founder, CEO and Chairman. "The level of quality continues to be outstanding and each of these nominees is a unique and wonderful creation and incredible piece of art for the entire industry to be proud of." G.A.N.G. President Paul Lipson added, "With over 350 submissions this year, just making it to the final nomination process is something to be very proud of. Spotlighting the hard work and talented game audio individuals from around the world has always been a major focus of G.A.N.G. and something we pride ourselves on."

Final voting has begun and the final winners are chosen by the entire membership of the G.A.N.G. organization. Over 2,000 people representing over 30 countries have signed up as members of G.A.N.G. since its inception in 2002. The winners will be announced at the 9th Annual G.A.N.G. Awards ceremony being held on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 in San Francisco, CA during the Game Developers Conference.


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
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"


Other presentations at the Awards Ceremony will include the Rookie of the Year award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, the G.A.N.G. Recognition Awards, Student/Apprentice competition winners and the G.A.N.G. Distinguished Service Awards.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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