WANTED: Video Game Board of Advisors for NAViGaTR Awards; CALL FOR ENTRIES

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The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp. (NAVGTR) has announced a call for entries for its annual video game awards program, as well as a call for candidates interested in serving on a Board of Advisors.

NAVGTR Corp. is currently accepting applications from industry game testers, analysts, and journalists to become voters and/or serve on a Board of Advisors for this year's awards balloting process. To apply, sign up using the Board of Advisors Application and e-mail info at navgtr dot org with a bio and/or resume.

NAVGTR Corp. has announced 4 category changes effective immediately. The key changes are in the Animation and Control categories.

1. "Animation in a Game Cinema" and "Animation in a Game Engine" have been replaced with "Animation, 2D or Limited 3D" and "Animation, 3D." Due to the rise of graphics technology, the Academy feels that the previous distinction is no longer necessary.

2. "Art Direction in a Game Cinema" and "Art Direction in a Game Engine" have been combined into a single category for "Art Direction." Again, due to the rise of graphics technology, the Academy feels that the previous distinction is no longer helpful.

3. "Control Design" has been split into 2 new categories, "Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D" and "Control Design, 3D." The Control Precision category remains unchanged. Although the rename to Control Engineering was considered, the focus on Precision allows voters to judge a more specific, recognizable, and tangible aspect of control engineering, while some of the other aspects of control engineering are judged under design.

4. The "Children's" categories have been renamed to "Children/Family."

The Academy awards outstanding work in the following categories:

Animation, 2D or Limited 3D
Animation, 3D
Art Direction
Camera Direction in a Game Engine
Character Design
Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D
Control Design, 3D
Control Precision
Costume Design
Direction in a Game Cinema
Game Design
Graphics, Technical
Innovation in Game Play
Innovation in Game Technology
Lighting & Texturing
Original Musical Score
Song Collection
Original or Adapted Song
Sound Editing in a Game Cinema
Sound Effects
Use of Sound
Lead Performance in a Comedy
Lead Performance in a Drama
Supporting Performance in a Comedy
Supporting Performance in a Drama
Writing in a Comedy
Writing in a Drama

Game, Classic Revival
Game, Music or Performance
Game, Original Action
Game, Original Adventure
Game, Original Children/Family
Game, Original Fighting
Game, Original Racing
Game, Original Role Playing
Game, Original Sports
Game, Sequel Action
Game, Sequel Adventure
Game, Sequel Children/Family
Game, Sequel Fighting
Game, Sequel Racing
Game, Sequel Role Playing
Game, Sequel Sports
Game, Simulation
Game, Special Class
Game, Strategy

The due date for entries is January 19, 2010, at 5 p.m. Nominations will be announced February 2. Winners will be announced February 27. Entries will not be accepted until January 1, 2010. Before that time, entrants may declare an intent to submit by e-mailing info at navgtr dot org.

About the NAViGaTR Awards

The awards are presented by the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™, a non-profit organization with over 900 voters honoring the best of the interactive entertainment industry in the fields of art, technology, and production for calendar year 2008.

More than any other professional group in the industry, game testers spend the most time playing games and are therefore most apt to evaluate them on a technical level with intense detail or analysis. Reviewers in the media also spend a great deal of time analyzing and writing about games from a creative perspective to aid consumers in their evaluations. The best reviewers sometimes parlay their reputation into industry jobs as producers or testers. For these reasons, the recommendation of testers and reviewers serves as a special mark of quality that balances important creative and technical perspectives and represents the most hard-core enthusiasts from industry and media.

Through annual awards, television specials, videos, special events, and other future plans, the Academy hopes to preserve the history of the medium as well as honor the creative and technical individuals who have paved the way for new ideas and innovations.

The general voting body of more than 900 journalists and writers includes contributors for such varied outlets as 1up, About.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Contra Costa Times, Detroit Free Press, Digital Journal, EclipseMagazine.com, elecplay.com, Evergeek Media, FHM, GamersTemple.com, GamingTarget.com, Gannett News Service, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, National Post, National Public Radio, NBC, New York Times, The Ottawa Citizen, PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Play Magazine, Public Radio International, The Regina Leader-Post, Salon, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, The Vancouver Sun, Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly, Ziff-Davis Media, and hundreds more.

About NAVGTR Corp.

NAVGTR Corp. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting and recognizing the developments and achievements of the interactive entertainment industry for public awareness and education. In addition to the annual awards, the academy's future goals include acknowledging, documenting, and/or memorializing industry leaders and historical events through educational and informative television specials or videos, as well as efforts to preserve the history of interactive entertainment through the development of archives in public libraries and universities. (http://www.navgtr.org)

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