Vidgame biz puts a Cap on awards

'Okami,' 'Dead Rising' not eligible for trophies

The videogame biz may not have its Oscars yet, but it does have an awards season scandal.

Game blogs were abuzz last week with the news that “Okami” and “Dead Rising,” two of last year’s critically acclaimed releases, didn’t get any noms for the Interactive Achievement Awards, one of several annual kudofests for vidgames.

According to Japanese publisher Capcom, which put out both games, the reason is simple: It’s not a paying member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, and won’t “pay to play.”

Acad prexy Joseph Olin told GameSpot.com that games from non-members like Capcom were considered as write-ins, but were not formally submitted and not eligible to be presented with a trophy at the ceremony on Feb. 8.

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