The editors of CMP Technology's Game Developer magazine have announced the finalists for the 2006 Front Line Awards, the magazine's ninth annual evaluation of the year's best in game-making tools. Award categories include: programming, art, audio, hardware, game engine, middleware, and books.
The awards winners will not be announced until the January 2007 issue of Game Developer hits newsstands on January 17, 2007. In addition to the winners in the above categories, a Front Line Awards Hall of Fame inductee will be announced, chosen for its outstanding contribution to the game development industry for five years or more.
The products nominated were selected by readers of Game Developer magazine, as well as other game professionals. Winners will be chosen by a panel of professional game developers specializing in the fields relevant to each category. Finalists and award recipients are selected based on utlity, innovation, value, and ease of use.
"Game Developer magazine, at its heart, is about the advancement of the state of the art of games and the Front Line Awards celebrate the otherwise unsung heroes of that demanding quest," said Simon Carless, Editorial Director of Game Developer. "In a year that has brought us into the next generation, it is these products that have made possible the incredible new gaming experiences we can now enjoy."
Read on to see the full list of finalists for the 2006 Front Line Awards