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2012 IndieCade Announces Award Winners

Posted by Dave Seaman on Thursday, 11 October 2012

Molleindustria’s Unmanned Wins Grand Jury Award and Hokra Wins Audience Choice Award

LOS ANGELES – Oct. 11, 2012 –The 2012 IndieCade has named this year’s award winners, including the Grand Jury Award going to Unmanned, created by Molleindustria. IndieCade recognizes superior examples of story development, visual, technological, audio and all-around independent game titles as well as a creator who has greatly contributed to the independent gaming field.

Ten of the winners, including the Grand Jury Award, were announced at the Red Carpet awards show on Thursday, Oct. 4.  The Grand Jury Award allows IndieCade’s Distinguished Award Jurors to select a game that they feel deserves a special citation for overall excellence. This could be a game that couldn’t fit into any other category, but the Jury each year determines the criteria for assignment of this award. Past recipients could have included Gravitation (2008), Moon Stories (2009), Groping in the Dark (2010) and Fez (2011). This year the jury chose from more than 500 games from 5 different continents.  The winners were chosen by a panel of industry luminaries including: Kellee Santiago, Co-founder and former President of Thatgamecompany; Jonathan Blow, Developer of Braid; J. Stewart Burns, Producer and Writer of The Simpsons and Futurama. On Sunday, Oct. 7 the Audience and Developer Choice Awards were announced at the closing party.

“The IndieCade awards celebrate the unique artistic vision and talent across the spectrum of independent games.  This special event serves as an important platform to support the next generation of independent games, and highlight their incredible quality.” said Stephanie Barish, CEO, IndieCade. “We are honored to have so many outstanding titles in this year’s show and to be able to share them with the thousands of attendees that came to the festival.” 
The game and developer winners this year are:

  • Grand Jury Award: Unmanned- Molleindustria
  • Visuals: Gorogoa-  Jason  Roberts
  • Audio: Dyad- RSBLSB
  • Impact: Reality Ends Here- Jeff Watson and Simon Wiscombe, USC Game Innovation Lab
  • Interaction: Interference –Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman
  • Game Design: Armada D6-  Eric Zimmerman and John Sharp
  • Technology: Vornheim- Zak S.
  • Story/ World Design: Botanicula- Amanita Designs
  • Special Recognition: The Stanley Parable- Davey  Wreden
  • The Trailblazers Award: Elan Lee
  • Developers Choice Award: Renga- wallFour
  • Audience Choice Award:  Hokra- Ramiro  Corbetta
The first annual IndieCade EAST will occur on Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 16 -17, 2013 in New York City at the Museum of the Moving Image.  IndieCade EAST will provide attendees the chance to play some of the 2012 IndieCade finalists, award winners and official selections, watch films about game culture, participate in the first ever IndieCade East Coast Game Jam hosted by Playstation Mobile in addition to hear speeches from game designers, journalists as well as game academics.

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