CES celebrates id, but not Sixaxis controller
The US National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last honoured id Software and Sony in an awards ceremony held in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The organisation focussed on the innovation of the Sony PS3 Sixaxis controller (according to a statement from the platform holder), but id Software also landed two Emmy awards for "cutting-edge contributions to rendering technology" and "technological leadership."
The first award was collected by John Carmack for id's "technological leadership in rendering breakthroughs with the Quake technology." The Quake series has been at the forefront of gaming technology since it was first released in 1996. Meanwhile, another award given to Carmack honoured "cutting-edge contributions to rendering technology as the lead programmer on Doom."
So, one award for Doom and one for Quake. Quite a haul. But that isn't the end of the Emmy story, with the awarding body stating that Sony's award was not actually won for the Sixaxis controller, but rather the historical innovation of the Duel-Shock controller.
One blogger who contacted NATAS questioning the logic of the Sixaxis winning ahead of the Wiimote was told: "Sony won for their Dual Shock analog controller," apparently. "The award is from the Video Game Technology Group. It was nominated by our internal group and considered along with the Nintendo D-Pad both of which were considered Emmy worthy for the development of the generation of controllers that followed the classic joysticks."
So, despite Sony claiming victory for the Sixaxis, the award was actually for their previous controller. Relax Nintendophiles, it's all okay. Really.