Shadow of the Colossus wins most NAViGaTR Awards for 2005

Top Quote The winners of the 2005 NAViGaTR Awards are announced, with strong showings from Shadow of the Colossus, Guitar Hero, critical fave Psychonauts, God of War, Resident Evil 4, and Katamari Damacy sequel We Love Katamari. End Quote
  • Baltimore, MD (1888PressRelease) November 22, 2010 - The winners of the 2005 NAViGaTR Awards were announced today, revealing the winners in 48 categories. Multiple awards went to Fumito Ueda, Masanobu Tanaka, Atsuko Fukuyama, John Tam, Tim Schafer, and Keita Takahashi.

    The awards are presented by the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™, a non-profit media organization with over 1,200 voters honoring the best of the interactive entertainment industry in the fields of art, technology, and production for calendar year 2005.

    Like last year's Game of the Year winner, Shadow of the Colossus™ won five (5) awards, including Outstanding Animation in a Game Engine, Character Design, Game Design, Graphics, Technical, and Game of the Year.

    Guitar Hero™ and Psychonauts™ won 4 awards each, while God of War™, Resident Evil™ 4, and We Love Katamari™ each won 3 awards.

    Wrapping up the multiple award winners are Dragon Quest VIII, Indigo Prophecy, and Jade Empire with two (2) awards each.

    Publisher Tallies

    With 5 awards for Shadow of the Colossus™, 3 awards for God of War, and one award each for Gran Turismo™ 4, Jak X: Combat Racing™, and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves™, Sony has set a publishers' record by winning 11 awards in a single year. The record was previously held by Ubisoft, which won 10 awards for the year 2003.

    Publishers Capcom, Majesco, and Red Octane won 4 awards each, while Activision, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Namco won 3 awards each. Atari, Nintendo, and Square Enix each won 2 awards.

    Developer Tallies

    Sony developed eight (8) out of its eleven (11) winning titles. Other top developers include Capcom (Resident Evil 4 and Devil May Cry 3), Double Fine (Psychonauts), Harmonix (Guitar Hero), and Namco, all of which won four (4) awards. The only other developers to win more than one award were Bioware (Jade Empire), Level 5 (Dragon Quest VIII), and Quantic Dream (Indigo Prophecy), all of which won two (2) awards.

    Since the inception of the NAViGaTR Awards, Sony has won the most awards as a developer, with 16 awards to date. Rockstar follows with 15 awards, stepping ahead of Konami's 14 awards to date as a developer. Other top developers to date are Nintendo and Ubisoft (12 awards each), Square/Square Enix (11), Namco (9), Capcom (8), Electronic Arts, Harmonix, Sucker Punch, and Valve (6 each), Bungie (5), and Bioware, Double Fine, id Software, and Team Ninja (4 each).

    Individual Tallies

    Six individuals won multiple awards this year. Fumito Ueda won 3 awards for his work on Shadow of the Colossus™, more than any other individual, while Ueda's collaborators Masanobu Tanaka and Atsuko Fukuyama each won 2 awards. John Tam won 2 awards for his work on Guitar Hero™; Tim Schafer won 2 awards for Psychonauts™. Keita Takahashi also won 2 awards for We Love Katamari™.

    This year, Atsuko Fukuyama, Bruce Oberg, Fumito Ueda, and Hajime Sugiyama earned a third, fourth, or fifth NAViGaTR award in their respective careers, thus taking their places among a group of only twenty-three (23) people to have won three (3) or more awards to date.

    Dan Houser, Shigeru Miyamoto, Fumito Ueda, and Takashi Tezuka have won the most awards to date. Dan Houser has won eight (8) awards for his widespread work in the Grand Theft Auto® series.

    Shigeru Miyamoto has won six (6) awards to date. With the exception of this year's win for Innovation in Game Play, Miyamoto has won only for roles as a producer in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Mario Sunshine, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and lastly, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem --- the only non-Mario game in the group. Mr. Miyamoto has not yet won for a Zelda game, although his art directors have won for Legend of Zelda®: Wind Waker™.

    Fumito Ueda and Takashi Tezuka have won five (5) awards to date. Ueda has won 2 awards for ICO™ and 3 awards for Shadow of the Colossus™ in the areas of animation and design. Takashi Tezuka has won for Animal Crossing®, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Sunshine.

    Jamie King, Jeremy Pope, and Leslie Benzies have each won four (4) awards for producing the Grand Theft Auto® series, including two genre awards and two Game of the Year awards.

    Hajime Sugiyama has won 3 awards --- two for ICO's camera and lighting, plus a technical graphics award for Colossus.

    Atsuko Fukuyama has won 3 awards --- two for Animation in a Game Engine (Ico™ and Shadow of the Colossus™), as well as an award for Colossus' character design.

    Bruce Oberg has earned his third award for programming on the Sly Cooper series.

    Keita Takahashi has won three awards for the Katamari series.

    James Worral has also won three (3) awards for writing and design in the Grand Theft Auto® series.

    Akira Yamaoka has won three awards for his work on the Silent Hill® series, winning in the categories of Sound Effects, Use of Sound, and Original Musical Score.

    Mathieu Laforce has won three awards. His first two awards were for Graphics, Technical and Lighting & Texturing Effects for Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell™ in 2002, and his third award was for Lighting & Texturing Effects for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time™ in 2003.

    Rik Schaffer has won three awards, including two for Sound Effects in Call of Duty and Doom 3, as well as one for Sound Editing in a Game Cinema for Doom 3.

    Programmers Ben Wallace, Bernie Freidin, Charles Gough, Chris Butcher, Mat Noguchi, Matt Segur, Eamon McKenzie, and Stefan Sinclair have all won three awards for the first Halo®.

    Of those who have won at least three awards, Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Mathieu Laforce, Atsuko Fukuyama, Fumito Ueda, Hajime Sugiyama, and Rik Schaffer are the only people that have won awards for work in multiple franchises.

    The NAVGTR voting body represents a broad spectrum of mainstream and specialist media that cover video games, including, Albuquerque Journal (NM),, Ashville MudCat Magazine (AL), Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Beaver County Times (PA), Birmingham News (AL), Boston Herald (MA), Bridgeport Post Telegram (CT), Bridgewater Courier News (NJ),, CiN Weekly, Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH), CNN,,, Computer Gaming World, Computer Graphics World, Contra Costa Times, Copley News Service, Dallas Morning News (TX), Denver Post (CO), Digital Journal, Durham Sun Morning Herald (NC),, Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff-Davis Media), Erie Times (PA),, FHM, Gainesville Sun (FL),,,, Gannett News Service, Gear,, Jackson Clarion Ledger (MS), Kids & Computers, Kidzworld Media, Kingsport Times (TN), KNTV, LA Weekly, Las Vegas Review Journal (NV), Lexington Herald Leader (KY), Lone Pine Capital, Los Angeles Times, Marin Independent Journal (San Francisco), Marin Independent Journal, Marquee, Maryville Times (TN), Minneapolis Star Tribune (MN), National Post, National Public Radio, NBC, New York Post (NY), PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer,, Play Magazine, Public Radio International, Pueblo Star Journal Chieftan (CO), Salon, Salt Lake Deseret News (UT), San Jose Mercury-News, Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC), St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Stuff Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, The New York Times, The Ottawa Citizen, The Regina Leader-Post, The Tenessean, The Vancouver Sun, The Washington Post, Tifton Gazette (GA), USA Today,, Ventura County Star(CA), Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ZDNet, and many more.

    About NAVGTR Corp.

    NAVGTR Corp. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting and recognizing the developments and achievements of the interactive entertainment industry for public awareness and education. In addition to the annual awards, the academy's future goals include acknowledging, documenting, and/or memorializing industry leaders and historical events through educational and informative television specials or videos, as well as efforts to preserve the history of interactive entertainment through the development of archives in public libraries and universities. (

    Creative/Technical Categories

    Animation…Cinema - Devil May Cry 3
    Animation…Cinema - God of War - WINNER
    Animation…Cinema - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Animation…Cinema - Psychonauts
    Animation…Cinema - X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse
    Animation…Engine - Burnout Revenge
    Animation…Engine - God of War
    Animation…Engine - Nintendogs
    Animation…Engine - Resident Evil 4
    Animation…Engine - Shadow of the Colossus - WINNER
    Art Dir…Cinema - God of War
    Art Dir…Cinema - King Kong
    Art Dir…Cinema - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Art Dir…Cinema - Psychonauts
    Art Dir…Cinema - We Love Katamari - WINNER
    Art Dir…Engine - God of War - WINNER
    Art Dir…Engine - Killer 7
    Art Dir…Engine - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Art Dir…Engine - Psychonauts
    Art Dir…Engine - Shadow of the Colossus
    Camera Dir…Engine - God of War
    Camera Dir…Engine - King Kong
    Camera Dir…Engine - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Camera Dir…Engine - Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves - WINNER
    Camera Dir…Engine - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
    Character Design - Destroy All Humans!
    Character Design - God of War
    Character Design - Oddworld Stranger's Wrath
    Character Design - Psychonauts
    Character Design - Shadow of the Colossus - WINNER
    Control Design - Guitar Hero - WINNER
    Control Design - Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
    Control Design - Nintendogs
    Control Design - Shadow of the Colossus
    Control Design - We Love Katamari
    Control Precision - Gran Turismo 4 - WINNER
    Control Precision - Guitar Hero
    Control Precision - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Control Precision - Resident Evil 4
    Control Precision - We Love Katamari
    Costume Design - Devil May Cry 3 - WINNER
    Costume Design - Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
    Costume Design - Jade Empire
    Costume Design - Oddworld Stranger's Wrath
    Costume Design - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Direction…Cinema - God of War
    Direction…Cinema - Indigo Prophecy
    Direction…Cinema - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Direction…Cinema - Psychonauts - WINNER
    Direction…Cinema - Ultimate Spider-Man
    Game Design - The Movies
    Game Design - Nintendogs
    Game Design - Resident Evil 4
    Game Design - Shadow of the Colossus - WINNER
    Game Design - We Love Katamari
    Game of the Year - Civilization IV
    Game of the Year - God of War
    Game of the Year - Psychonauts
    Game of the Year - Resident Evil 4
    Game of the Year - Shadow of the Colossus - WINNER
    Game…Classic Revival - Capcom Classics Collection
    Game…Classic Revival - Conker: Live & Reloaded - WINNER
    Game…Classic Revival - Final Fantasy IV
    Game…Classic Revival - Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
    Game…Classic Revival - Wipeout Pure
    Game…Music or Performance - Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3
    Game…Music or Performance - Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat
    Game…Music or Performance - Eye Toy: Kinetic
    Game…Music or Performance - Guitar Hero - WINNER
    Game…Music or Performance - In the Groove
    Game…Orig Action - Destroy All Humans!
    Game…Orig Action - F.E.A.R.
    Game…Orig Action - God of War - WINNER
    Game…Orig Action - Gun
    Game…Orig Action - King Kong
    Game…Orig Action - Psychonauts
    Game…Orig Adventure - Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
    Game…Orig Adventure - Haunting Ground
    Game…Orig Adventure - Indigo Prophecy - WINNER
    Game…Orig Adventure - Shadow of the Colossus
    Game…Orig Adventure - Trace Memory
    Game…Orig Children's - Lego Star Wars - WINNER
    Game…Orig Children's - Lost in Blue
    Game…Orig Children's - Nintendogs
    Game…Orig Children's - Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    Game…Orig Fighting - Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
    Game…Orig Fighting - Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble
    Game…Orig Fighting - The Warriors - WINNER
    Game…Orig Racing - FlatOut
    Game…Orig Racing - Forza Motorsport
    Game…Orig Racing - Jak X: Combat Racing - WINNER
    Game…Orig Racing - Pokemon Dash
    Game…Orig RPG - Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
    Game…Orig RPG - Guild Wars
    Game…Orig RPG - Jade Empire - WINNER
    Game…Orig RPG - Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome
    Game…Orig Sports - Mario Superstar Baseball - WINNER
    Game…Orig Sports - Outlaw Tennis
    Game…Orig Sports - Super Mario Strikers
    Game…Sequel Action - Battlefield 2 - WINNER
    Game…Sequel Action - Call of Duty 2
    Game…Sequel Action - Quake 4
    Game…Sequel Action - Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
    Game…Sequel Action - Ultimate Spider-Man
    Game…Sequel Adventure - Devil May Cry 3
    Game…Sequel Adventure - Fatal Frame III: The Tormented
    Game…Sequel Adventure - Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
    Game…Sequel Adventure - Resident Evil 4 - WINNER
    Game…Sequel Adventure - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
    Game…Sequel Children's - Animal Crossing: Wild World
    Game…Sequel Children's - Kirby Canvas Curse
    Game…Sequel Children's - Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
    Game…Sequel Children's - Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves
    Game…Sequel Children's - WarioWare: Touched!
    Game…Sequel Children's - We Love Katamari - WINNER
    Game…Sequel Fighting - Fight Night Round 2 - WINNER
    Game…Sequel Fighting - Soul Calibur III
    Game…Sequel Fighting - Tekken 5
    Game…Sequel Fighting - WWE SmackDown! Vs. RAW 2006
    Game…Sequel Racing - Burnout Revenge - WINNER
    Game…Sequel Racing - Gran Turismo 4
    Game…Sequel Racing - Mario Kart DS
    Game…Sequel Racing - Need for Speed Most Wanted
    Game…Sequel Racing - Project Gotham Racing 3
    Game…Sequel RPG - City of Villains
    Game…Sequel RPG - Dragon Quest VIII - WINNER
    Game…Sequel RPG - Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
    Game…Sequel RPG - PoPoLoCrois
    Game…Sequel RPG - X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse
    Game…Sequel Sports - FIFA 06
    Game…Sequel Sports - NHL 2K6
    Game…Sequel Sports - Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
    Game…Sequel Sports - World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International - WINNER
    Game…Simulation Game - Armored Core: Nine Breaker
    Game…Simulation Game - Falcon 4.0: Allied Force
    Game…Simulation Game - Lock On: Modern Air Combat
    Game…Simulation Game - The Movies - WINNER
    Game…Simulation Game - Silent Hunter III
    Game…Special Class - Lumines - WINNER
    Game…Special Class - Meteos
    Game…Special Class - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    Game…Special Class - Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    Game…Strategy - Black & White 2
    Game…Strategy - Civilization IV - WINNER
    Game…Strategy - Darwinia
    Game…Strategy - Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Game…Strategy - Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
    Graphics…Technical - F.E.A.R.
    Graphics…Technical - Project Gotham Racing 3
    Graphics…Technical - Quake 4
    Graphics…Technical - Resident Evil 4
    Graphics…Technical - Shadow of the Colossus - WINNER
    Innovation…Game Play - Lumines
    Innovation…Game Play - The Movies
    Innovation…Game Play - Nintendogs - WINNER
    Innovation…Game Play - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
    Innovation…Game Play - WarioWare: Touched!
    Innovation…Tech - Guitar Hero - WINNER
    Innovation…Tech - The Movies
    Innovation…Tech - Nintendogs
    Innovation…Tech - PlayStation Portable (PSP)
    Innovation…Tech - WarioWare: Twisted!
    Lighting/Texturing - God of War
    Lighting/Texturing - Quake 4
    Lighting/Texturing - Resident Evil 4 - WINNER
    Lighting/Texturing - Shadow of the Colossus
    Lighting/Texturing - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
    Original Musical Score - Advent Rising
    Original Musical Score - Destroy All Humans!
    Original Musical Score - Dragon Quest VIII - WINNER
    Original Musical Score - Jade Empire
    Original Musical Score - Shadow of the Colossus
    Original/Adapted Song - "Greater Lights," Advent Rising
    Original/Adapted Song - "Santa Monica," Indigo Prophecy
    Original/Adapted Song - "Tears of Blood," Magna Carta: Tears of Blood
    Original/Adapted Song - "Menuett," Romancing SaGa
    Original/Adapted Song - "Katamari on the Swing," We Love Katamari - WINNER
    Song Collection - Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
    Song Collection - Guitar Hero - WINNER
    Song Collection - Indigo Prophecy
    Song Collection - Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
    Song Collection - The Warriors
    Sound Editing in a Game Cinema - Call of Duty 2
    Sound Editing in a Game Cinema - Indigo Prophecy
    Sound Editing in a Game Cinema - Oddworld Stranger's Wrath
    Sound Editing in a Game Cinema - Resident Evil 4 - WINNER
    Sound Editing in a Game Cinema - We Love Katamari
    Sound Effects - Call of Duty 2 - WINNER
    Sound Effects - F.E.A.R.
    Sound Effects - God of War
    Sound Effects - Quake 4
    Sound Effects - Resident Evil 4
    Use of Sound - F.E.A.R. - WINNER
    Use of Sound - God of War
    Use of Sound - King Kong
    Use of Sound - Resident Evil 4
    Use of Sound - The Suffering: Ties That Bind
    Lead Performance in a Comedy - Grant Albrecht, "Destroy All Humans!"
    Lead Performance in a Comedy - Richard Horvitz, "Psychonauts" - WINNER
    Lead Performance in a Drama - Terrence Carson, "God of War"
    Lead Performance in a Drama - Thomas Jane, "Gun" - WINNER
    Lead Performance in a Drama - Sharon Mann, "Indigo Prophecy"
    Supp. Performance in a Comedy - Earl Boen, "Psychonauts"
    Supp. Performance in a Comedy - Mark Ivanir, "Psychonauts"
    Supp. Performance in a Comedy - Sherrie Jackson, "Psychonauts" - WINNER
    Supp. Performance in a Comedy - David Kaye, "Psychonauts"
    Supp. Performance in a Comedy - Armin Shimerman, "Psychonauts"
    Supp. Performance in a Drama - John Cleese, "Jade Empire" - WINNER
    Supp. Performance in a Drama - Laurence Fishburne, "True Crime: New York City"
    Supp. Performance in a Drama - Kris Kristofferson, "Gun"
    Supp. Performance in a Drama - Christopher Walken, "True Crime: New York City"
    Supp. Performance in a Drama - Dorsey Wright, "The Warriors"
    Writing in a Comedy - Destroy All Humans!
    Writing in a Comedy - Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
    Writing in a Comedy - Oddworld Stranger's Wrath
    Writing in a Comedy - Psychonauts - WINNER
    Writing in a Drama - God of War
    Writing in a Drama - Indigo Prophecy - WINNER
    Writing in a Drama - Killer 7
    Writing in a Drama - Resident Evil 4
    Writing in a Drama - The Warriors

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