Wrapup: NY Videogame Critics Circle Awards

by Jill Scharr
   Thanks to everyone who came out to the second annual awards ceremony! The Walking Dead swept the show with four wins: Best Writing, Best Indie, Best Game, and Best Voice Acting for Melissa Hutchison’s Clementine. Journey, Dishonored, The Room, The Unfinished Swan and Sound Shapes were all honored as well. The full awards listing is as follows:
   For best kids game: The Unfinished Swan by Giant Sparrow and Sony
   For best handheld game: Sound Shapes by Queasy Games and Sony
   For best mobile game:  The Room by Fireproof Games
   For best indie game: The Walking Dead by Telltale Games
   For best music: Journey from Thatgamecompany and Sony
   For best new game machine: the PS Vita from Sony
   For best writing: The Walking Dead by Telltale Games
   For best world: Dunwall, from Dishonored by Arkane Studios
   For best voice acting: Melissa Hutchison, for her portrayal of Clementine in The Walking Dead by Telltale Games
   For game of the year: The Walking Dead by Telltale Games
   The evening began with a panel that included Evan Narcisse, Tina Amini, Jason Schreier, Chuck Moran, Scott Alexander, Dan Ackerman, and Russ Frushtick. Moderated by Harold Goldberg, the seven New York City journalists discussed the highs and lows of this year’s titles and achievements, and speculated on the year to come.
   The one thing everyone seemed to agree on?
   They all can’t wait for BioShock Infinite.
   Daniel Radosh, the Emmy award-winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, hosted the evening, delivering a wonderful monologue that poked fun at everything from serialized franchises–“After Halo 3 then we got Halo: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo Wars, Halo Kitty…though I did think that last one was adorable…”– to the big business side of making games–“You can’t recover health by crouching down behind a $75 million dollar loan from Rhode Island.” Radosh also arguably won the unofficial “Best Dressed” category by sporting Clementine’s hat from The Walking Dead, complete with fake blood splatters.
   Other notable guests included Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians and Time Magazine’s book critic, whose brother Austin Grossman was nominated for Best Writing along with the rest of the Dishonored creative team.
   Acclaimed horror filmmakers Larry Fessenden and Graham Reznick were also able to take time out of filmmaking and developing their upcoming survival horror game Until Dawn to present the award for best voice acting.
   And Darren Korb, the composer for the 2011 New York Videogame Critics Circle Award winning Bastion, was there with his band Control Group to close out the evening at the after party.
   Thanks to the NYU’s Game Center for hosting us and to NYU-Poly’s Game Innovation Lab for providing the Pfizer Auditorium and to all the NYU students who came out to the show. We hope to see you next year with more.
The illustrious panel holds court.

The illustrious panel holds court. Photo by Helen Pfeffer.

The Circle takes the stage en masse for the Big Apple Award for Game of the Year.

The Circle takes the stage en masse for the Big Apple Award for Game of the Year. Photo by Helen Pfeffer.

"If they ever do a Hitman reboot where Agent 47 is a geeky jew."

“If they ever do a Hitman reboot where Agent 47 is a geeky jew.” Harold Goldberg, Time’s Lev Grossman and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s Daniel Radosh. Photo by Logan Cunningham.

Russ Frushtick makes a point.

Russ Frushtick makes a point. Photo by Helen Pfeffer

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