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Award categories for 2005 Golden Joysticks revealed!

New gongs uncovered as Future begins build up to gaming awards show

13/06/05 - Future has kicked off the Golden Joystick Awards 2005 with the announcement of a revised awards line-up for the long-running gaming ceremony.

Since 1982 the Golden Joysticks have recognised the very best in the games industry, voted for by those who matter - gamers. The winners of the Golden Joystick Awards 2005 will be revealed this year at the Park Lane Hotel, Park Lane, London at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday, 4 November, in front of more than 700 industry guests. For the first time ever, a dozen prizewinners will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the event and the after-show party.

The Golden Joystick Awards 2005 will recognise the increasing relevance of in-game music to the overall gaming experience by introducing an all-new 'Best Game Soundtrack' gong. A second new category, for 'Best Film Based Game', will also help to attract the interest and votes of the growing audience of casual gamers.

Golden Joysticks Awards 2005

PlayStation 2 Game of the Year

GameCube Game of the Year

Handheld Game of the Year

Xbox Game of the Year

PC Game of the Year

Online Game of the Year

Best Film-Based Game of 2005

Best Game Soundtrack of 2005

Publisher of the Year

Retailer of the Year

Innovation of the Year

The One to Watch for Xmas

The One to Watch for 2006

Ultimate Game of 2005

Hero of 2005

Villain of 2005

The Girl's Choice for 2005

Editor's Game of the Year

Unsung Hero of the Year

Future hopes that the Golden Joystick Awards 2005 will beat the 200,000 votes recorded last year, with the help of consumer PR and brand-consultancy Kazoo, who are briefed to build awareness of the event beyond the core audience of the games industry and hardcore gamers.

James Ashton is Publisher of Future's London games portfolio:

"Last year's Golden Joysticks were the best ever and reminded many people in the industry why they are the only gaming awards that matter. Winning an award voted for by gamers always means much more to developers and publishers. By introducing some new award categories we hope to open the Golden Joysticks out to the fast-growing audience of gamers, making the awards a true reflection of everything that's great in gaming today."


About Future

Future plc was founded in the UK in 1985. Today, it publishes over 100 special-interest consumer magazines worldwide with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, sports, motoring, crafts and leisure sectors. It is the sixth largest magazine publisher in the UK and last year was reported as being the fastest growing US magazine publisher at newsstand. Future employs 1,200 people in offices in the UK, US, Italy and France. Over 100 international editions of Future's magazines are also published under licence in 30 other countries across the world. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

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