GamePro Magazine Announces Its 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards Winners! Coveted Awards Reveal Top Winners

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 8, 2003 – IDG Games Media Group, the world's largest interactive entertainment information provider and publisher of GamePro magazine, the world's largest independent multiplatform gaming magazine, today announced its 13th Annual Readers' Choice Awards Winners.

 

Thousands of GamePro's readers participated in the 2002 Readers' Choice Awards that ran in GamePro magazine and on GamePro.com. Winning games are announced in GamePro's May 2003 issue, on sale now on newsstands nationwide.

GamePro readers are the ultimate early adopters of video gaming products and collectively account for $1.9 billion in purchasing power on the gaming sector alone!(1). GamePro's audience of over 3 million readers(2) are the leading opinion-makers and spenders on many consumer products – including video gaming, personal electronics, music, fashion and much more – and greatly influence their peers' purchasing habits. As multiplatform enthusiasts, over 80 percent of the publication's readers own more than one gaming console(3).

Following are the winners by category for GamePro's 2002 Readers' Choice Awards:

Best Action Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (By EA Games – PS2/GameCube/Xbox)

Best Combat Game: Metroid Prime (By Nintendo – GameCube)

Best Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (By Rockstar – PS2)

Best Platform Game: Super Mario Sunshine (By Nintendo – GameCube)

Best Role-Playing Game: Kingdom Hearts (By Square EA – PS2)

Best Racing Game: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (By EA Games – PS2/GameCube/Xbox)

Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (By Midway – PS2/GameCube/Xbox)

Best Brain/Reflex Game: Mario Party 4 (By Nintendo – GameCube)

Best Sports Game: Football: Madden NFL 2003 (By EA Sports – PS2/GameCube/Xbox)

Best Sports Game: Basketball: NBA 2K3 (By Sega Sports – PS2/GameCube/Xbox)

Best Sports Game: Other: Hot Shots Golf 3 (By Sony – PS2)

Best Action Sports Game: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (By Activision – PS2/GameCube/Xbox/PlayStation)

Best PC Game: WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos (By Blizzard)

Best Handheld Game: Metroid Fusion (By Nintendo – Game Boy Advance)

Console of the Year: PlayStation 2

Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (By Rockstar – PS2)

"Every year, GamePro readers look forward to voicing their opinion by participating in the Readers' Choice Awards. These selections represent some of their favorite games, and they are eagerly awaiting all the blockbuster games launching this year," said Wes Nihei, Vice President, IDG Games Media Group and Editor-in-Chief, GamePro magazine. "The 2002 Readers' Choice Award winners are especially significant because many of the games are sequels or based on an established franchise, mirroring the trend across video game publishers' titles."

For a detailed list of winners and runners-up, look in the May 2003 issue of GamePro on newsstands now.

About IDG Games Media Group

Located in Oakland, CA, IDG Games Media Group is the world's premier interactive entertainment publisher for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine, GamePro.com, Code Vault, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper.

GamePro's audience of over 3 million opinion-leading readers has established GamePro as the most popular video game magazine amongst male teens in North America (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2002). GamePro's circulation is 529,043 (ABC Initial Audit Report, three-month period ending January 2002). GamePro is the industry leader among independent multiplatform video gaming magazines. GamePro delivers cutting-edge multiplatform gaming previews, reviews, strategies, cheats, and codes. The magazine's seasoned editorial staff provides its male teen audience with an authoritative source for video and personal computer gaming information.

GamePro.com (http://www.gamepro.com) is the premier online source for gaming information on the Internet. The site delivers around-the-clock coverage of game reviews, previews, and cheats for every major gaming platform. GamePro.com is highly interactive with many popular features, including an online community for gamers that enables its visitors to post user reviews, chat with GamePro's editors and fellow gamers, create online personas, and more.

Code Vault is GamePro's exclusive, monthly publication of video game cheats, tricks, and secrets for all major gaming platforms. All Code Vault codes are GamePro-tested and guaranteed to work. The publication is action-packed with over 3000 codes per issue and is available on newsstands nationwide.

GamePro is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted websites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com

Sources: (1) MRI, 2001, (2) Teenage Research Unlimited, 2002, (3) Harvey Research, 2002