New York City continues to push to be the center of the universe as they even have their own Game Awards. The aptly named ‘New York Game Awards’ (NYGA) were held in the Abrons Arts Center in Manhattan and featured a number of categories. With ones like ‘The Big Apple Award’ or ‘Statue of Liberty Award’ there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind which city gave out these prizes.
The NYGA are held by the New York Videogame Critics’ Circle. The organization acts as a ‘Writer’s Union’ for gaming critics. Their website goes on to say:
“We will try to make sure that writers are paid and that writers receive answers from editors to their well-thought-out queries. We will also communicate with publicists who won’t answer game critics’ queries in a timely manner.”
They also hold events such as NYGA which they hope to ‘lift the genre [of video games] to popular art.’ And the organization gives back to the community with a partnership with The DreamYard Project to offer mentoring, lectures, and job information to students living in the Bronx.
The awards and the recipients from the 6th year of the event are listed below:
Big Apple Award for Game of the Year
Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game
Andrew Yoon Legend Award
Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism
Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best VR Game
A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game
Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game
Rich Sommer, Firewatch
Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game
Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game
Central Park Zoo Award for Best Kids Game
Statue of Liberty Award for Best World
Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game
Fan Vote: The Ebbetts Field Award for Best eSports Team
There’s a nice mix of AAA and indie titles for the winners. And I’m always happy to see my choice for GOTY, Firewatch, represented with even more awards. I wonder if they’ll add a ‘New Yorkiest Award’ next year for the best game to represent NYC. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.