It is hard to believe we are five years live here on but to celebrate we are currently organising the annual birthday.

This event will take place on a Friday at the end of April and this year will move to Dublin Institute of Technology. Final details to be confirmed.

The event will involve some high profile speakers from the games industry and the annual awards ceremony.

While we are busy sourcing speakers and sponsorships for the annual awards you have a role to play too. We would like you to go to the birthday shindig thread on the forums – – and make your nominations. Please also tell us why you want to nominate someone.

The main categories are:

1. The Newbie award
a person who joined the boards in the past twelve months but who has already made a significant contribution to the life and info on the website…not necessarily the most frequent number of posts…

2. The Stamina gd/ie Hall of Fame award
a person who signed up to the forums near the launch date in April 03 and has just kept posting…can only be won once.

3. The Salmon of knowledge award
For the selfless posting of gems of experience and information.

4. The Humour award
self-explanatory really – for the funniest post/posts to

5. Gd person/group of the year
For their contribution to the growth of the industry and the wider games community as well as – from April 06 – april 07. Can be a person or group.

A neutral panel will decide on the winners!

Nominations will close on Monday the 21st of April.

Previous Winners:

1. Newbie –
2007 – Paul Murphy (eDen) – student in Ballyfermot Senior College
2006 – John Molloy (nifty) student in Ballyfermot Senior College
2005 – Stéphane Ambrosini (steph)
2004 – Ivan McCloskey (kyotokid)

2. Stamina –
2007 – David McGovern (Nooptical), PopCap Games, joined Feb. ’04.
2006 – Dave Kearney (skyclad)
2005 – Damian Furlong (Omen) with a special runners up award to Ronny Southwood (ronny)
2004 – Peter McNally (pete)

3. Salmon of Knowledge –
2007 – Simon, (Gizmo) student, computing, DCU.
2006 – Malachy Duffin (Mal) CanDo
2005 – Tony Kelly (Idora) (Torc Interactive/Nephin)
2004 – Michael Griffin (Kapooki)

4. Humour –
2007 – no award – no-one funny enough!
2006 – Ivan McCloskey (Kyotokid)
2005 – Peter McNally (Pete) or his Hoffness..(Torc Interactive/Instinct Technology )
2004 – Ian Hannigan (e-Spatial/Nephin)

5. Person/ group of the year
2007 – Demonware
2006 – Demonware
2005 – IGDA Ireland committee.
2004 – Tony Kelly

Reports of previous events and winners can be found here:
2003 – the launch –
2004 –
2005 –
2006 –
2007 –