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NOTE: Public tickets for the event sold out in less than two hours! Some more tickets may be available closer to the date of the event. So stay tuned!

 

The New York Videogame Critics Circle in conjunction with New York University’s Game Center is happy to announce the host and entertainment for its first annual awards ceremony on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cantor Film Center.

Logan Cunningham (the voice of The Narrator and Rucks in Bastion) will host.

Bastion’s Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett will perform music from the game during the event.

“Bastion is not only a terrific game. It features pitch perfect acting by Logan Cunningham and what should be Grammy-nominated music by Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett. We are just extremely proud to have them as part of the program,” says Critics Circle founder Harold Goldberg.

In addition, Bill Plympton, the legendary, twice-Oscar-nominated animator will present an award.

Plympton’s most recent full length masterpiece is “Idiots and Angels.” He was nominated for an Oscar for Short Animation in 1987 for “Your Face” and in 2005 for “Guard Dog.” In the 1990s, Plympton’s work was the subject of a computer game called “Take Your Best Shot.”

Dan Radosh, the Emmy award-winning comedy writer for The Daily Show, will also be one of the presenters.

Radosh himself has written about videogames. One of his last pieces as a journalist was an insightful piece in the New York Times Magazine about Beatles Rock Band. Prior to his stellar work with Jon Stewart, Radosh worked for the groundbreaking Spy magazine and published stories in The New Yorker.

Finally, various members of the Critics Circle themselves will present awards at the ceremony.  “It’s one of those times where I can honestly say that a splendid time is guaranteed for all,” says Goldberg.

A limited amount of tickets to the 1st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards will be presented for free. For a free ticket, RSVP at http://bit.ly/Ay44c7 .

Contact: Dana Whitney, dana@oneprstudio.com

 

 

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We’re proud to present the nominees for the 1st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards:
Big Apple Award – Best Game
Batman: Arkham City
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
L.A. Noire
Minecraft
Portal 2
Saints Row: The Third
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Manhattan Award for Most New York-centric Game
Batman: Arkham City
Crysis 2
Resistance 3
Sideway NY
Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game
Bastion
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
Saints Row: The Third
Serious Sam 3
Battery Park Award: Best Handheld Console Game
Aliens: Infestation
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Rayman 3D
Super Mario 3D Land
Tin Pan Alley Award: Best Overall Music in a Game
Bastion
Catherine
Dark Souls
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
Saints Row: The Third
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The A Train Award Best Mobile/IOs Game
Contre Jour
FIFA 12
Grand Theft Auto III
Infinity Blade II
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Where’s My Water?
Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game
Bastion
Fruit Ninja
Minecraft
Realm of the Mad God
Sideway NY
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
The Binding of Issac
Statue of Liberty Award for Best Open World Game 
Batman: Arkham City
Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
L.A. Noire
Saints Row: The Third
Great White Way Award for Best Overall Acting (Combines Male and 
Female Acting) 
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Mad Man Award – Best Commercial 
Call of Duty: MW3 featuring Jonah Hill
Long Live Play – Michael
Zelda 3DS featuring Robin Williams
Algonquin Roundtable Award for Best Videogame Book
All Your Base Are Belong to Us by Harold Goldberg
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Super Mario by Jeff Ryan
-Harold Goldberg

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For the last year and a half, we have been a collegial group, but almost a secret group as well.

But on February 2, 2012 we will hold our first Game of the Year Awards ceremony in conjunction with NYU’s lauded Game Center.

So, on the eve of the 1st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards, we have decided to reveal the names of our members.

Here we are, in alphabetical order:

DAN ACKERMAN, CNET

LIBE GOAD ACKERMAN, AOL GAMES

LEIGH ALEXANDER, GAMASUTRA (EDITOR AT LARGE), EDGE

SCOTT ALEXANDER, PLAYBOY, AMERICAN PHOTO

RUSS FRUSHTICK, VOX MEDIA

BEN GILBERT, JOYSTIQ

HAROLD GOLDBERG, NPR, BOYS’ LIFE

CRAIG GOLDSTEIN, MTV

LEV GROSSMAN, TIME

STU HORVATH, UNWINNABLE

JORGE JIMENEZ, RAW GAMEPLAY

TRACEY JOHN, FORBES, THE DAILY

RYAN KUO, KILL SCREEN

CHUCK MORAN, UNWINNABLE

EVAN NARCISSE, TIME, KOTAKU

ALEX NAVARRO, GIANT BOMB

CHRIS PLANTE, VOX MEDIA

ADAM ROSENBERG, G4, ROLLING STONE 

SETH SCHIESEL (NON-VOTING MEMBER), THE NEW YORK TIMES

JASON SCHREIER, WIRED GAME|LIFE

SCOTT STEIN, CNET

ANDREW YOON, SHACKNEWS

-Harold Goldberg, Founder

 

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