By Nick Capozzoli, NYVGCC Journalism Chair
The Games Journalism Award is given to one journalist or critic for distinguished contributions to the field during the voting year. The selected journalist will have best demonstrated traditional journalistic values, including–but not limited to–work that illuminates, contextualizes, entertains, exhibits lucid writing, sound reasoning, wit, integrity, et alia.
The 2019 Short List
Khee Hoon Chan
Seismic changes which have recently resonated out from the Chinese games scene are affecting those within and without. Chan’s reporting finds both those outside who’ve felt the shocks, and the ones inside, working within their new reality.
We could perhaps append “monetize the rot” as slogan for the decade that was, post-hoc. And to a collectible card game? If it’s not something you might think you care about, Partin–and recent history–will show: every small hustle can be writ large.
Even on our predominantly digital medium, we trace a physical story. “Provenance” is the wonderful word DeSpira uses for this—and reveals it through forensic examinations of old arcade cabinets and archival clippings.
Harwell’s reporting on the use of pregnancy-tracking apps (at Activision-Blizzard among other companies), deftly demonstrates how surveillance capitalism’s ambitions go even beyond cradle-to-the-grave.
If #MeToo were only a declarative (”this happened”) that would be enough. But Penny’s writing draws out its interrogative sense, too: ”…and how much longer will we allow it?” As for the imperative, that should be plain.
The Split-Screen Man, like much of Billy Mitchell’s story, puts me in the mind of The Prestige, and its “Transported Man.” “No one cares about the Pac-Man who goes into the exit on the side of the maze,” you could say. But Harmon’s writing is all care.
See: The Split-Screen Man
Donlan’s enthusiastic imagery brings so much forward from games that one half-wonders whether you’d be doing yourself a disservice by simply playing them, rather than seeing them through his eyes.
See: Night Call Review
For the previous years’ lists, click through the page numbers directly below, which will take you through the nominees by year, starting with 2015.