360 & Windows Lead E3 Game Critics AwardsAs the dust settles after the 12th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the winners have already emerged: Windows and Xbox gamers. Yesterday, the E3 Game Critics announced their nominees for the Best of E3 awards, and games on Microsoft’s platforms led this year’s nominations, garnering 52 nominations, more than half of those given. Specifically, Xbox 360 amassed more nominations than Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii combined with a total of 21, while the Windows platform led all platforms with 29 nominations. Additionally, leading the way with the most accolades of any title on the show floor, Microsoft Game Studios (MGS) and Epic Games’ Xbox 360 exclusive title “Gears of War” snagged a total of five nominations including Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best Action Game, Best Online Multiplayer Game and Best Console Game. “Gears of War,” the third-person tactical action/horror game, will be available for Xbox 360 gamers on Emergence Day 2006. “The E3 Game Critics nominations highlight the incredible innovation that’s emerged on the Xbox 360 and Windows platforms,” said Peter Moore, Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft. “This is really just a taste of what’s to come for gamers on Windows Vista and Xbox 360, and these nominations underscore the investment the developers have made in creating incredible experiences for Microsoft’s platforms.” Additionally, the momentum continues to build for Windows Vista, as well. Specifically, Windows Vista showcase titles, “Hellgate: London” from Flagship Studios and Namco Bandai games and “Crysis” from Crytek and Electronic Arts garnered two nominations apiece, while “Company of Heroes” from Relic and THQ and “Flight Simulator X” from MGS snagged one nomination. Windows Vista makes it easier and faster to access games, delivers new levels of detail and depth for gaming graphics, and offers exciting new ways to experience games through online gaming and native support for a wide range of first-class gaming controllers.