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Asheron's Call Wins Gaming's Equivalent of the Oscar


At the E3 Gaming Expo, in a ceremony hosted by actor Martin Short, Asheron's Call received the best-game award in the Adventure/RPG category from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), a committee of executives from such prestigious entertainment companies as Sega, Sony, Dreamworks, Simutronics, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Hasbro, among others. The accolade is comparable to the movie industry's Oscar award. You can view the recipients of the various PC awards at the AIAS home site.

Since its debut last November, Asheron's Call has received a number of major honors, including Best-of-Year awards from CNET,, Gamezilla, and Gamer's Voice.


The other "Computer Adventure/Role Playing Game of the Year" nominees AC was competing against were:

  • Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
  • Outcast
  • Planescape: Torment
  • Ultima IX: Ascension

Some other winners at the 3rd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards:

  • Action Game - Half-Life: Opposing Force
  • Simulation Game - Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 Professional
  • Sports Game - FIFA 2000
  • Strategy Game - Age of Empires II: Age of Kings
  • Computer Game of the Year - Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

Asheron's Call was also a nominee in the Online Game category, which was won by Everquest.

At the 4th Annual Awards Asheron's Call was nominated in the newly minted category Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World against Allegiance, Ultima Online: Renaissance, and the winner Everquest: Ruins of Kunark.

At the 5th Annual Awards Asheron's Call: Dark Majesty was nominated for the Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World category against Phantasy Star Online and the winner, Dark Age of Camelot.

At the 6th Annual Awards Asheron's Call 2: Fallen Kings was nominated in the Massive Multiplayer/Persistent World category against Anarchy Online: The Notum Wars, Dark Age of Camelot: Shrouded Isles, Disney's Toontown Online, and the winner The Sims Online.

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