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IGF Winners: The Habitual Voyeur Of What Is Known As...

….Cart Life, which scooped up an an impressive triple-whammy of Nuovo Award, Excellence in Narrative and the coveted Seamus McNally Grand Prize at last night’s Independent Games Festival 2013 awards. The warmest of all congratulations to Richard Hofmeier, whose affecting, brave game is well overdue for this kind of attention.

Also getting gongs are Kentucky Route Zero, Little Inferno and FTL. FTL is also the recipient of a coveted Meero Award For Excellence In Spaceship-Based Death. It just doesn’t know it yet.

Here’s the complete list. Congratulations to all who won, all who were nominated and everyone non-evil in the world, ever.

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)

Nuovo Award ($5,000)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)

Excellence in Audio ($3,000 )
140 (Jeppe Carlsen)

Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)

Technical Excellence ($3,000)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)

Best Student Game ($3,000)
Zineth (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Audience Award ($3,000)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)

Excellence in Design ($3,000)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)

Seamus McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)

Also last night where the Game Developer’s Choice awards, but they were basically (and predictably) still obsessed with Journey. The Walking Dead, Dishonored and Far Cry 3 got some nods too, however, and very impressively FTL broke out of its indie beard’n’big glasses ghetto and bagged the Best Debut award. Here’s another list:

Best Downloadable Game
Journey (thatgamecompany)

Best Narrative
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)

Best Visual Arts
Journey (thatgamecompany)

Ambassador Award
Chris Melissinos

Best Technology
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)

Best Game Design
Journey (thatgamecompany)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
The Room (Fireproof Studios)

Best Audio
Journey (thatgamecompany)

Pioneer Award
Steve Russell

Best Debut
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)

Innovation Award
Journey (thatgamecompany)

Audience Choice Award
Dishonored (Arkane Studios)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk

Game of the Year
Journey (thatgamecompany)

And now I need to spend the rest of today playing FTL again, don’t I? Oh how, I wish I’d summarily executed the rest of RPS in December so I could make FTL game of the year, instead of that Far Cry 3 balls that no-one’s playing any more.

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