In the dynamic realm of gaming, all eyes are on the forthcoming 22nd Annual Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G) Awards, scheduled to unfold on March 21, 2024, at San Francisco’s iconic Moscone Centre. Emerging as a formidable contender with a remarkable 16 nominations is the action-adventure game titled “Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” crafted by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.
This immersive gaming experience, chronicling the saga of a Jedi Knight facing off against the Galactic Empire, has garnered widespread recognition across diverse categories, from the coveted “Music of the Year” to the technical intricacies of “Creative and Technical Achievement in Sound Design.” Notably, there is a nomination for an interview exploring sound effects, securing a place in the running for “Best Game Audio Article or Publication.” The gripping narrative of the game is further underscored by dual nominations for “Best Voice Performance.”
Hot on its heels is the twelfth instalment of the legendary “Mortal Kombat” franchise, simply known as “Mortal Kombat 1.” Developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games, this release in September has clinched an impressive eight nominations. Notable mentions include categories such as “Audio of the Year,” “Best Main Theme,” and “Best Original Song.” The game unfolds a storyline where fighters unite under the banner of Fire God Liu Kang for a Mortal Kombat tournament, promising an engaging auditory experience.
Leading the Game Audio Network Guild, the organization expressed enthusiasm for the exceptional year witnessed in game audio. “The contributions of composers, sound designers, dialogue specialists, engineers, technologists, and various others persistently propel the boundaries of the distinct art form that encompasses audio for games and interactive entertainment.”
In a momentous announcement, G.A.N.G. disclosed that the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award will be conferred upon an influential figure in the interactive industry, acknowledged as the Worldwide President of Music & Marketing for Electronic Arts since 2001. This multi-talented individual’s extensive career spans roles such as a company president, music supervisor, professional musician, songwriter, composer, producer, and educator. Reflecting on the honour, the recipient expressed dedication to fostering education, opportunity, and excellence in game audio while navigating the complexities within the gaming community.
The Executive Director of G.A.N.G. conveyed sincere admiration for the recipient’s enduring contributions, stating, “It is with great excitement and sincere admiration that we express our profound appreciation for the esteemed figure, whose remarkable tenure spanning decades in the industry has been defined by an extraordinary commitment to service and an exceptional dedication and advocacy of music in video games.”
As the gaming community eagerly awaits the unveiling of the winners at the awards ceremony, the recipient underscored the vital mission shared by G.A.N.G., stating, “They are an organization that is resetting the global bar every day, and one that I am proud to be a part of. I am humbled and deeply honoured by this award.”
The 22nd Annual G.A.N.G. Awards promise to be a celebration of excellence, innovation, and the transformative power of audio in the gaming sphere. As the date approaches, the gaming world awaits with bated breath to discover which titles and contributors will emerge victorious in this prestigious recognition of outstanding achievements in game audio.