Special Commendation for Sound
(Trent Reznor/id Software/Activision for PC)
No game programmer envies the idea of competing against John Carmackís latest 3D graphics engine. So imagine the challenge of trying to create a soundscape that not only matches but also compliments Carmackís 3D magic. Leave it to Trent Reznor, frontman for Nine Inch Nails, to meet and exceed that challenge. Reznorís richly textured 5.1 channel soundtrack literally rocked the theater, forming an important part of the ever-so-impressive multimedia assault that was DOOM III. Presented in a special theater at the Activision booth, Reznorís pristinely mixed sound effects and cranked-to-the-max sound system made everything else at E3 sound like an old transistor radio.