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Sausalito, Ca., (December 5, 2005) - Red Mile EntertainmentTM, a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to announce that two of its titles have won several prestigious awards, including Best Game of 2005 and Best Handheld Game, at the 2005 Australian Game Developers Awards in Melbourne, Australia.
Heroes of the Pacific, Red Mile's first game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PC platform, received four awards: Best Game of 2005, Best PC Game, Programming Excellence and Outstanding Visual Arts. The game's developer, IR Gurus of Melbourne, Australia, was presented with the awards at the event attended by game industry representatives from around the world.
Gripshift, Red Mile's first title for the PSPTM portable entertainment system, received three awards: Best Handheld Game, Best Game Design and Best Level Design. The awards were received by the developer of Gripshift, Sidhe Interactive of Wellington, New Zealand.
"All of us at Red Mile Entertainment are thrilled that our development partners at IR Gurus and Sidhe Interactive have been recognized for the excellence of their games," said Chester Aldridge, CEO of Red Mile Entertainment. "The awards vindicate our belief that these studios are among the best up-and-coming game development studios in the world. We are delighted to have worked with them on these games and to continue our partnership for several of our upcoming titles."
Heroes of the Pacific is a World War II combat flight game set in the Pacific Theater. The game has had a tremendous response from the videogame press. PSE Magazine called it "...a property that can go toe-to-toe with the big boys" and featured the game on the cover of its November 2005 issue. TeamXbox.com said the game "...deserves a spot alongside such great WWII titles as the Call of Duty and Brothers in Arms franchises" and gave Heroes its Editors Choice Award.
"It's a great honor to receive such prestigious awards from the Australian Game Developers Conference," said Mike Fegan, CEO of IR Gurus. "The combination of the talent and industry of our team in Melbourne with the production management expertise of Red Mile has led to a great success, which we hope to repeat many times in the future together."
GripShift successfully fuses platform, driving and puzzle elements to create a unique gameplay experience for the PSPTM system. GripShift's design has been popular with media and gamers alike, including respected video game magazine Edge UK, which, in a recent review, described GripShift as "one of PSP's finest and full-featured games to date."
"GripShift was a labor of love for Sidhe. To have its originality and design values recognized and awarded by our peers is a fantastic validation," said Mario Wynands, Managing Director of Sidhe Interactive.
In its seventh year, the AGDC awards have been an important part of the Australian Game Developers Conference, which has worked to educate and acknowledge the vibrant game development scene in Australasia.
About Red Mile Entertainment
Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. Headquartered in Sausalito, California, the company licenses premier intellectual properties and develops products for every major videogame platform. More information about Red Mile and its products may be found at www.redmileentertainment.com.
About IR Gurus
Based in Melbourne, Australia, IR Gurus is a privately held company established in 1996 and is a leading developer of sports and action/adventure games for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and Windows PC. In 2003, IR Gurus scored three No.1 hit game titles in the Australian market and is now embarking on major expansion into the international interactive entertainment business.
About Sidhe Interactive
Sidhe Interactive develops games for the PC, PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PSPTM, Xbox® and Xbox® 360. For more information on Sidhe Interactive, visit online at http://www.sidheinteractive.com.
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