SAN FRANCISCO – Feb. 09, 2009 – Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet leads the nominees for the ninth annual Game Developers Choice Awards with seven nominations, organizers have revealed. Number None’s Braid follows closely with five nominations. Among the nominations for LittleBigPlanet is the coveted Game of the Year award.

Other nominees for that category include Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead, which each received a total of four award nominations, Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto IV, which earned a total of three nominations, and Lionhead Studios’ Fable 2. Winners will be honored at an awards show taking place during the 2009 Game Developers Conference.

The two leading nominees are celebrating a homecoming of sorts with their nominations for the Choice Awards. Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet, made its debut during a keynote lecture at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, while Number None’s Braid was winner of the Innovation in Game Design award at the 2006 Independent Games Festival (IGF), which is also part of the Game Developers Conference.

Produced and hosted by Think Services’ Game Developers Conference and presented by and Game Developer Magazine, the Game Developers Choice Awards honors the developers of the best video games released during the previous calendar year, as well as awarding key figures from the video game community. Other multiple nominees for this year’s event include such diverse and notable titles as Maxis’ Spore, 2D Boy’s World of Goo, Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid 4, Epic Games’ Gears of War 2, and Ubisoft Montreal’s Far Cry 2.

In addition, Special Award recipients already confirmed for this year’s Choice Awards, to be honored in person during the ceremony, include Harmonix Music Systems co-founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy (Pioneers) and game audio advocate Tommy Tallarico (Ambassador).

Winners in all major categories will be honored at an awards show taking place Wednesday, March 25th in the Esplanade Ballroom of the Moscone Center’s South Hall, during the 2009 Game Developers Conference. The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival (IGF), will be hosted by Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer, mastermind behind the critically-acclaimed Full Throttle and Psychonauts .

In addition, organizers are announcing that long-time Game Developers Choice Awards contributors Mega64 will once again produce exclusive video skits to accompany the evening’s entertainment.

“Truly great games are the product of years of hard work by teams of incredibly dedicated and talented developers. It’s an underlying principle of GDC that we recognize these talents and honor their achievements.” says Meggan Scavio, director of Game Developers Conference. “The awards given out at the Game Developers Choice Awards are more than just trophies; they are recognition of great work by the developer community. The open peer-based selection process ensures that the people with the final say are the people who work within the craft of game development, and we can’t wait to see who they choose. Best of luck to all the teams who have gotten this far!”