Annual Game Music Awards 2010: Outstanding Artist Winners
We are proud to present the winners of the Annual Game Music Awards 2010. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year.
Outstanding Contribution by Composer Eastern :: Yoko Shimomura
Yoko Shimomura's music experienced a renaissance this year, as she produced a deep well-rounded scores for Last Ranker and memorable main themes for Xenoblade, between revisiting the worlds of Parasite Eve and Kingdom Hearts.
Outstanding Contribution by Composer Western :: Garry Schyman
With a highbrow sequel soundtrack (BioShock 2), a daring international collaboration (Front Mission Evolved), and an incredible melange of horror and opera (Dante's Inferno), Garry Schyman's artistic achievements in game music were superlative throughout 2010.
Most Significant Breakout :: Masashi Hamauzu
2010 was the year when veteran Masashi Hamauzu finally gained widespread popular recognition, with the tremendous commercial and critical success of Final Fantasy XIII, and great industry demand following his successful transition from in-house composer to freelancer.
Most Promising Newcomer :: Bear McCreary
In a notable crossover from television to video game music, Battlestar Galactica's Bear McCreary brought his unique brand of dramatic science-fiction music to Dark Void, while showing a genuine passion for gaming classics and chiptunes on its 8-bit spinoff.