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A full two-hour game awards ceremony from 1999 has been shared online


A full-length video game awards show from 1999 has been shared online for what is believed to be the first time.

The Annual Interactive Achievement Awards were run by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and is now known these days as the D.I.C.E. Awards.

Now the Video Game History Foundation has acquired the full version of the awards ceremony and posted it online in full.

The Foundation says it was given the tape by the family of Rita Zimmerer, one of the Academy’s founding advisory board members.

“As far as we know, this has never been available to watch online until now,” it says.

The ceremony, which can be watched on the VGHF website or embedded below, features 30 awards covering a wide range of categories.

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While we won’t give away the winners (they can be found on the Academy’s site if needed), the nominees for Game of the Year were Half-Life, Alpha Centauri, Grim Fandango, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Banjo-Kazooie, Metal Gear Solid and Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

Attendees at the show included developers Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux, Sid Meier, David Perry and celebrities like Sugar Ray Leonard, Ben Stein, Coolio (who presented Best PC Game) and The Wonder Years’ Danica McKellar.

The Video Game History Foundation has shared the video as part of its annual Winter Fundraiser donation drive, where it asks those interested in the preservation of video games to donate to keep the Foundation’s work going.

During the Winter Fundraiser period, a selection of sponsors will double any donations made, enabling the VGHF to earn more funds.