Indiecade 2012 Winners Announced

All the way back in February this year, I posted this about ‘Indiecade 2012’, or Indiecade, International Festival of Independent Games’ to use its full title. On October 4th the ten winners were announced.

You may already know Molleindustria’s from their infamous now banned iPhone game ‘Phone Story’ which parodies the alleged harsh conditions of people making iPhones.

Scroll down and check out the press release below for the winners, and more importantly check out their games. They won for a reason, people.

2012 IndieCade Announces Award Winners

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

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:

  • Audience Choice Award:  Hokra– Ramiro  Corbetta
  • 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

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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Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife and his player 3. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

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