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The finalists for the 19th Annual Independent Games Festival have been announced and 30 different titles are up for awards this year.

Leading the pack is Virginia with four nominations out of the seven panel-chosen, software-related categories, including the Nuovo Award for innovation. Hot on its heels are Hyper Light Drifter, Inside, and Event[0] with three noms each. Nominations in all categories can be seen below.

Besides the seven software awards, there is also an Audience Award that is left open to the public (voting will begin by the end of January), and a new award this year called the ALT.CTRL.GDC Award. This new award is being given to the most creative and unique controllers that some developers have created to go along with their games. All awards besides the Audience Award are judged by a group of 340 judges, who looked at over 650 entries this year. After paring down the entries, expert juries comprised of members of the gaming industry are then formed specializing in distinct disciplines for each category and they choose the winners.

It was also announced that this year’s show would be hosted by Nina Freeman, level designer for Fullbright’s Tacoma, and a Nuovo-award winning creator in her own right for her game Cibele.

The IGF Awards will precede the GDC Awards on March 1, 2017, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Here now is the list of awards and nominees at this year’s show.

BEST STUDENT GAME

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Lily, Colors of Santa Luz
  • Un Pas Fragile
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Bamboo Heart

EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • GoNNER
  • Virginia
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Everything
  • Inside

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

  • Imbroglio
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Duskers
  • Overcooked
  • Event[0]
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy

EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE

  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Virginia
  • Orwell
  • Event[0]
  • One Night Stand

EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL ART

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Inside
  • Virginia
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • She Remembered Caterpillars

NUOVO AWARD (INNOVATION)

  • Islands: Non-Places
  • Close
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Oἶκοςpiel, Book I
  • Everything
  • Virginia
  • Mu Cartographer
  • Lieve Oma

SEUMAS MCNALLY GRAND PRIZE

  • Inside
  • Stardew Valley
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Overcooked

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About Ray Carsillo

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Ray has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Find him on Twitter @RayCarsillo

19th Annual IGF Award nominees announced

GDC Awards’ sister show is not to be outdone.

By Ray Carsillo | 01/10/2017 01:00 PM PT | Updated 01/10/2017 01:08 PM PT

News

The finalists for the 19th Annual Independent Games Festival have been announced and 30 different titles are up for awards this year.

Leading the pack is Virginia with four nominations out of the seven panel-chosen, software-related categories, including the Nuovo Award for innovation. Hot on its heels are Hyper Light Drifter, Inside, and Event[0] with three noms each. Nominations in all categories can be seen below.

Besides the seven software awards, there is also an Audience Award that is left open to the public (voting will begin by the end of January), and a new award this year called the ALT.CTRL.GDC Award. This new award is being given to the most creative and unique controllers that some developers have created to go along with their games. All awards besides the Audience Award are judged by a group of 340 judges, who looked at over 650 entries this year. After paring down the entries, expert juries comprised of members of the gaming industry are then formed specializing in distinct disciplines for each category and they choose the winners.

It was also announced that this year’s show would be hosted by Nina Freeman, level designer for Fullbright’s Tacoma, and a Nuovo-award winning creator in her own right for her game Cibele.

The IGF Awards will precede the GDC Awards on March 1, 2017, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Here now is the list of awards and nominees at this year’s show.

BEST STUDENT GAME

  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Lily, Colors of Santa Luz
  • Un Pas Fragile
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Bamboo Heart

EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • GoNNER
  • Virginia
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Everything
  • Inside

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN

  • Imbroglio
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Duskers
  • Overcooked
  • Event[0]
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy

EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE

  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Virginia
  • Orwell
  • Event[0]
  • One Night Stand

EXCELLENCE IN VISUAL ART

  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Inside
  • Virginia
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • She Remembered Caterpillars

NUOVO AWARD (INNOVATION)

  • Islands: Non-Places
  • Close
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Oἶκοςpiel, Book I
  • Everything
  • Virginia
  • Mu Cartographer
  • Lieve Oma

SEUMAS MCNALLY GRAND PRIZE

  • Inside
  • Stardew Valley
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Overcooked
0   POINTS
0   POINTS



About Ray Carsillo

view all posts

Ray has extensive roots in geek culture, as he’s written about videogames, comics, and movies for such outlets as Newsday.com, ESPNNewYork.com, Classic Game Room on YouTube, Collider.com, and Comicvine.com before finally settling into his role as EGM’s reviews editor. His main goal in life? To become king of all geek media, of course! Find him on Twitter @RayCarsillo