Tokyo Game Show announces 10 finalists for Sense of Wonder Night: http://bit.ly/jsK6m PLUS Japan Game Awards 2009 [PDF]: http://bit.ly/jWWrM
The Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association will soon announce the winners of the Japan Game Awards 2009, which is hosted by the CESA. This year marks the 13th year that the Japan Game Awards has been held and the award announcement and presentation ceremonies will start on Thursday, September 24th at the main stage in Hall 1 of the “Tokyo Game Show 2009” of Makuhari Messe in Chiba.
On the first business day Thursday, September 24th of the Show, the Game of the Year Division award, which is presented to the most notable game software title of the year, and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, which was newly created last year, will be presented.
The Minster of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award, which marks its second year of presentation in 2009, will be presented to the person or organization which has contributed significantly to the computer entertainment software industry through their products during recent years.
The Game of the Year Division award is presented to the most outstanding game title during the past fiscal year. At the awards announcement and presentation ceremony, Japan’s representative game creators will be present. The master of ceremony of the awards announcement and presentation is Hikaru Ijuuin, a well known television celebrity and avid game fan. In addition, Professor Takeshi Yourou （Honorary Professor of Tokyo University and Professor of Kitazato University）, who is a member of the Japan Game Awards Selection Committee, will review the awards. Again this year the competition was intense, with a large number of interesting game titles.
On Saturday, September 26 the Tokyo Game Show will open to the general public and the winner of the Amateur Division award will be announced. From this total, the field will be narrowed to 10 titles, amongst which three will be selected as the Grand Award, Award for Excellence, and Honorable Mention. Any individual, organization, and corporation that is an amateur game creator is considered in this award. This year the number of games submitted for consideration rose over last year’s number to 237 titles and were reviewed by industry magazine editors and top creators for their design, originality, balance, programming and graphics. This year there were a large number of highly original and unique titles, and we hope you enjoy seeing the titles of potential future game creators.
On the last day of the Tokyo Game Show 2009 Sunday, September 27, the presentation ceremony of the Future Division award will be held at the main stage. The winner of this award will be selected from new game software titles exhibited at the Show and voted on by visitors to the Show. This year Shinya Arino, the star of the popular television program Game Center CX in his role as Chief Arino, will be the master of ceremony.
With the objective of raising the social standing of games and to contribute to their development as a culture, the Japan Game Awards recognizes superior game software through presentation of various awards. And the awards presentation system is designed to be open minded so that it plays a role in supporting both the titles created and the people working within the industry. Via CESA.