We have some new and exciting award categories this year! For the first time ever, IndieCade will be introducing area specific awards open to all submitted games. Games and artists will be nominated to these new categories from the entirety of event submissions. Here are are the first three of these awards:
Location Based Design
The oncoming frontier of play and experience design includes the amazing worlds of immersive theater, themed experience, virtual and augmented reality spaces, escape rooms and more exploration of bespoke, physical experiences often designed for groups of people and social engagement. The Location Based Design award rewards experiences innovating in these spaces and creating magical new spaces for play.
The Vocal Performance award honors a game with a unique or particularly sublime performance from one or more vocal performers. As games grow in cultural weight and professional development, the field of independent development has involved a larger variety of artist from all disciplines. The brilliant pacing, empathy, and understanding of the best vocal artists have been harnessed this decade to make some of the most arresting play experiences we have ever seen. This award celebrates the vocal casts doing the amazing work in the field of play.
The Social Impact Award honors a game which explores social, cultural, and/or political issues in a whole new way. It may take us out of our comfort zones, and confront us directly on social progress yet to be done, or mark a real change in the industry. Social Impact isn’t simply about diversity or doing good in the world. It can be creating new access points for unlikely players engaging with unlikely topics, new points of connection for people across the globe, or new shared experiences that resonate in our modern culture.
The IndieCade Grand Jury Award represents the best of IndieCade’s best.
This sponsored cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to the game that contains examples of kindness which goes beyond mere dialogue choices and resource management, but which approaches the idea of kindness thoughtfully and sincerely. You can learn more about iThrive HERE and check out their video “What Makes Games Meaningful?” HERE.