Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) based in Inglewood is a Founded in 1996, non-profit organization that computer and video games supported and the annual symposium DICE Summit organized. Since 1998 it has also presented the DICE Awards (formerly the Interactive Achievement Awards ) and appoints the members of the AIAS Hall of Fame . The AIAS members are experts in the game industry who must meet certain criteria in order to be able to choose the best entertainment software of the year. As of October 2012, the AIAS represented over 22,000 members from the computer game industry.


AIAS was originally founded in 1992 by a small group of Los Angeles- based experts who wanted to help Silicon Valley game developers involve Hollywood actors and other creative professionals in their activities. The AIAS was finally founded in November 1996. The founding managing directors were Marc Teren and Denise Kristie. After Andrew Zucker , a Beverly Hills attorney , became the third executive director, through his efforts, the AIAS became an organization of approximately 500 members and 50 board advisors.

In 1994 the AIAS successfully produced the first televised award show for computer games, Cybermania '94 . This was licensed to TBS for transmission. Cybermania was recorded at Universal Studios and hosted by Leslie Nielsen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas . The second awards in 1995 were broadcast in what was then a burgeoning new medium, the Internet .

After it was determined that the likelihood of similar awards occurring on television was low, at least in the near future, the name of the organization was licensed to a company that is now active as AIAS. Today's AIAS is operated by a different company than those founded by Zucker in 1992, but it has the same intentions and, through licensing in 1996, it uses the same logo and award statue as that of the founders of the original AIAS were conceived. The aim of the AIAS is to promote the computer game industry and its representatives. It has hosted the annual DICE Summit since 2002, during which the DICE Awards (Interactive Achievement Awards until 2012) are presented and the youngest member of the AIAS Hall of Fame is formally honored. The organization also gives scholarships to students.

Supervisory board

The following people represent certain developers and publishers on the AIAS supervisory board:

person Companies
Martin Rae Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (President)
Mike Capps Epic Games
Jay Cohen Proseed Games (AIAS CEO)
Michael Gallagher Entertainment Software Association
Rich Hilleman Electronic Arts
Don James Nintendo of America
Min Kim Nexon America
Ken Lobb Microsoft Game Studios
Seth Ladd Google
Ted Price Insomniac Games (AIAS Vice Chairman)
Frank Pearce Blizzard Entertainment
Brian Reynolds Zynga
Christian Svensson Capcom
Denny Thorley Day 1 Studios (AIAS Secretariat)
Patricia Vance ESRB
Shuhei Yoshida Sony Computer Entertainment

Interactive Achievement Awards

The DICE Awards (until 2012: Interactive Achievement Awards) have been presented every spring since 1998 for the best game releases of the previous year. Similar to the Oscars, the winners are determined by voting by the members. The following games won in the category Game of the Year , whereby the year refers to the year of the event:

year game genre Platforms developer
1998 GoldenEye 007 Ego shooter Nintendo 64 Rareware
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000 The Sims simulation Windows , Mac OS , Linux Maxis
2001 Diablo ii Computer role playing game Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X Blizzard North
2002 Halo: fight for the future Ego shooter Xbox , Windows, Mac OS X Bungie Studios
2003 Battlefield 1942 Ego shooter Windows, Mac OS Digital Illusions CE
2004 Call of Duty Ego shooter N-Gage , Windows, Mac OS X Infinity Ward
2005 Half-Life 2 Ego shooter PlayStation 3 , Xbox, Xbox 360 , Windows Valve
2006 God of War Action adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2007 Gears of War Third person shooter Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Ego shooter PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac OS X Infinity Ward
2009 LittleBigPlanet Jump 'n' run PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2010 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2011 Mass Effect 2 role playing game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows BioWare
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim role playing game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Journey Adventure PlayStation 3 thatgamecompany

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