Nuovo Award Finalists Revealed for 2011 Independent Games Festival

By Ubm Techweb Game Network, PRNE
Sunday, December 19, 2010

Finalists Vying for Video Game Industry's Preeminent Art Prize Compete at 13th Annual Independent Games Festival

SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2010 - The Independent Games Festival (IGF), the prestigious GDC-held video game
industry event highlighting and awarding the talents of independent game
developers, has announced the finalists for the 2011 Nuovo Award, which
honors "abstract, short-form, and unconventional game development."

Some of this year's finalists include unconventional party game Brutally
Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.), first-person dinner simulation
title Dinner Date, Messhof's chunky 2-player fencing title Nidhogg, and
zen-like tree simulation title Bohm.

The Nuovo Award, the top video game art prize, is announcing an increase
to $5,000 for this year's award winner, thanks to the quality of this year's
entries. The winner of the award will be revealed at the Independent Games
Festival Awards on March 2, 2011 at the Moscone Convention Center in San
, during Game Developers Conference 2011. In addition, all Nuovo
finalists will be playable in a special section of the IGF Pavilion on the
GDC show floor from March 2nd to 4th.

Now in its third year, the Nuovo Award allows more esoteric art games
from among the almost 400 IGF entries to compete on their own terms alongside
longer-form indie titles, and has been newly expanded this year to include
eight finalists.

"This year's finalists for the Nuovo Award perfectly embody what this
award was created to celebrate — a set of games that could hardly be more
different from each other than they are from the wider body of entrants in
this year's festival," said IGF chairman Brandon Boyer. "Running the gamut
from quiet reflections on both nature and ourselves, to raucous new-arcade
experiences designed to entertain onlookers as much as the participants of
the game, each finalist showcases the unconventional approach of the indie
community to new forms of play."

The full list of this year's Nuovo Award finalists, with links to
screenshots and videos of the titles on their official entry pages,
is as follows:

- Bohm, created by Monobanda -

("Gives you control over the life of a tree. It's a game based on slow
gameplay and the act of creation.")

- A House in California, created by Cardboard Computer -

("A surreal, narrative game about four characters who bring a house to
life… with environments and activities drawn from a combination of memory,
research, poetry, and fantasy.")

- Nidhogg, created by Messhof -

("A 2 player fencing game with football & platforming elements.")

- Dinner Date, created by Stout Games -

("You play as the subconsciousness of Julian Luxemburg, waiting for his
date to arrive. You listen in on his thoughts while tapping the table,
looking at the clock and eventually reluctantly starting to eat…")

- Loop Raccord, created by Nicolai Troshinsky -

("Manipulate a series of video clips in order to create… continuous

- The Cat and the Coup, created by Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad -

("A documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh,
the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran.")

- Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.), created by
Copenhagen Game Collective -

("A one-button party game for 2-8 players. … rather than let the
computer carry out all the rules, the players are themselves responsible for
enforcing (or not enforcing) the rules.")

- Hazard: The Journey Of Life, created by Demruth -

("A philosophical first person single player environmental puzzle game.
The game presents no goals directly to the player, but they create goals for
themselves based on what they know of the world.")

The Nuovo Award had recommendations put forward by over 150 of the IGF's
Main Competition judges, and the winners picked - via active discussion and
voting - by an elite jury of the video game industry's top thinkers on the
future of art and the video game medium. The jury included previous winner
Jason Rohrer (Between), as well as lauded game creators including Paolo
(Every Day The Same Dream), Ian Bogost (A Slow Year), Daniel
(Today I Die) and more.

In addition to the 8 Nuovo finalists, the jury also awarded honorable
mentions to the following 5 outstanding Nuovo-styled titles which also
deserve recognition: Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games), Faraway
(Steph Thirion), Feign (Ian Snyder), Choice Of Broadsides (Choice Of Games),
Spy Party (Chris Hecker).

The Independent Games Festival, produced by the Game Developers
Conference(R) (GDC) and presented by and Game Developer
Magazine, was established in 1998 by the GDC organizer UBM TechWeb to
recognize outstanding independent game developers, in the way that the
Sundance Film Festival honors the independent film community. Sponsors for
this year's IGF include Crytek, Microsoft, Direct2Drive, TransGaming, DigiPen

For more information on the Independent Games Festival, including a more
detailed statement from the Nuovo Jury and many more details on entrants and
finalists, please visit the official IGF website at
Remaining IGF Main Competition and Student Competition finalists will be
announced in early January 2011.

For those interested in registering for GDC 2011, which includes the
Independent Games Summit, the IGF Pavilion and the IGF Awards Ceremony,
please visit the official Game Developers Conference website:

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