The panel before the Awards was often serious and introspective.

And the Awards themselves showed the charming nervousness of game developers who aren’t used to the spotlight.

But the After Party is full of collegiality and general hijinks.

Here’s  Rami Ismail, Best Mobile Game winner for Ridiculous Fishing from Vlambeer, along with Logan Cunningham from SuperGiant Games. Logan was the very first host of the Circle Awards. He rocked it!

The photo is by Victor Kalogiannis.





“The History of Future Folk” is everything an indie movie should be: touching, cool, quirky, inventive. When we discovered that Jay Klaitz, one half of the Sci-Fi inspired duo, played Lester in Grand Theft Auto V, we just had to have them play at the Circle Awards. We’re so very happy that they agreed to perform. They rocked it! Or as they Future Folk would say, “Hondo!”24 (1)IMG_1733

During the course of the week, we’ll publish photos from the 3rd Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards. They’re by Victor Kalogiannis. Here are two shots of the great Steven Ogg, who won the Great White Way Award for Best Overall Acting in a Game for playing the demented Trevor in Grand Theft Auto V. At the After Party, actor Ogg and Circle founder Harold Goldberg discussed the issues surrounding Alberta’s oil sands, which actually was the subject of a fascinating film/game hybrid called “Fort McMoney.”

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The Roundup: The Circle Speaks

Celebrate President’s Day with some Circle reads!

Evan Narcisse of Kotaku talks Threes

Joystiq’s Anthony Agnello has a Tiny Streams on Dungeon of Endless 

Jeff Bakalar has a variety of stories on this week‘s 404 Podcast 

Ben Gilbert talks violence in The Last of Us via Engadget

Samit Sakar of Polygon reports on BitSummit’s announcement at IndieCade East 

Chelsea Stark has games to quench our sadness over Flappy Bird via Mashable 


During a rousing evening full of sly, cutting, rapid fire jokes from Daniel Radosh (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), we presented our nine Critics Circle Awards. Game developers arrived on the cold Brooklyn evening from the U.S., Canada and Switzerland.

In addition to a wild and lively Radosh, the audience was treated to appearances by author Rick Moody and punk rocker Handsome Dick Manitoba (The Dictators), who presented Awards. Music was provided by the wonderfully strange banjo and guitar stylings of Future Folk.

Finally, Irrational Games provided a stirring, exclusive video about the final entry in the BioShock series (BioShock Infinite, Burial at Sea, Episode 2).

Watch the complete ceremony right here.

And now, the winners. Congrats to all of them!

Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Central Park Childen’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game
Super Mario 3D World
Herman Melville Award for Best Writing
The Last of Us
‘A’ Train Award for Best Mobile Game

Ridiculous Fishing

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game
Gone Home
Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game
Bioshock Infinite
Statue of Liberty Award for Best World
Grand Theft Auto V
Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game
Steven Ogg, Trevor, GTA V
Big Apple Award for Best Game
The Last of Us

Last night, it arrived. It was a little late, and I had become concerned. But then, like a shining gem of bits and bytes, there it was.

It took some time to download.

But when I saw what will premiere exclusively tonight at our New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards ceremony, I was, as Jane Siberry once said, bound by the beauty.

I can’t say what it is. What I can say is that it’s a secret surprise from a top tier developer, the best of the best really.

And it tells a story, and what a story!

As a group, we are so proud to have this video for you before anyone else sees it.

If you aren’t joining us at the Awards in Brooklyn tonight, you can watch the ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. right here.

-Harold Goldberg, Founder


It was at during the E3 game show that we knew we had to have Qualcomm Snapdragon as a sponsor.

Outside of the Staples Center, the company had set up a carefully constructed set that paid homage to games – and to other forms of popular art.

Yes, you could indulge in a variety of mobile games at various monitors. That’s a given at E3.

But you could also enter a small theater and watch a scene from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim in highly detailed 4K. The fact that it was running on a Snapdragon processor made it all the more compelling.

That wasn’t all. Outside, you could hear the good-natured rants and ravings of various eSports teams onstage. And later on that same stage David Garibaldi, a fast-paced artist, made paintings to music – each one made in minutes.

As we’ve said before, we don’t bring on just any sponsor to the Circle Awards. It has to make sense. The Snapdragon people look at games as popular art and they mix in other popular art forms  – as they did with such energy at E3 – to prove it.

So, Qualcomm Snapdragon, here’s a hearty welcome to the New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards!


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