‘Idol Master,’ game maker Hino nominated for CEDEC Awards

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“The Idolmaster” videogame and game producer Akihiro Hino were among those nominated for the fourth Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC) Awards, its organizer Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) said.

The CEDEC will take place this year at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 bay area on Sept. 6-8.

The CEDEC is a large-scale convention for the computer entertainment industry, which is actively expanding its scale in recent years to include related fields.

One of the highlights of the convention, the CEDEC Awards honors developers of video games and other computer-based entertainment services and technologies. The CEDEC Awards has attracted attention since its establishment in 2008 as there are no other awards of this nature.

This year, the Nomination Committee has chosen five individuals and groups for their outstanding work from each of five categories: Programming/Development Environment, Visual Arts, Sound, Network and Game Designs.

The winners will be decided through voting by CEDEC participants and the Advisory Board.

The winners will be announced at the award-giving ceremony on Sept. 7. The winners of the Special Award and Writer’s Award, which will be given to the author of a game-related publication, will also be revealed.

The CEDEC Awards reflects the trend in the recent computer entertainment industry and technologies.

Among those nominated in the Programming/Development Environment category are Hirokazu Kato, a professor at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology whose research has contributed to the widespread use of augmented reality (AR) technologies.

A project team responsible for the development of Akara 2010, a computerized shogi system that bested a female professional shogi player last year, was also nominated in the same category.

The production team at Namco Bandai Games Inc. responsible for the Xbox 360 version of the Idolmaster” videogame was mentioned in the Visual Arts category for their expertise to recreate anime-like characters in 3-D.

Game developer Level-5 Inc. President Hino Akihiro, whose work include “Inazuma Eleven” and “Danboru Senki” (“The Little Battlers”) videogames, was mentioned in the Game Designs category. Hino also attracted attention for his involvement as chief of story composition for “Mobile Suit Gundam AGE” animated TV series.

Visit CEDEC 2011 official website at (http://cedec.cesa.or.jp/2011/en/index.html).

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