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SXSW Gaming Awards 2017 Winners Announced

Austin, TX – March 18, 2017 – SXSW® Gaming Conference and Festival has announced the winners for the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces. The winners in 23 different categories, were revealed during the fourth annual Gaming Awards ceremony, which was hosted by WWE® Superstar Xavier Woods® and popular gaming broadcaster OMGitsfirefoxx.

Award winner highlights include Game of the Year winner Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog); Mobile Game of the Year winner Pokémon GO (Niantic); Esports Game of the Year winner Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment); Tabletop Game of the Year winner Arkham Horror: The Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games); Trending Game of the Year winner Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment); and Fan Creation of the Year winner Brutal Doom 64 (Sergeant_Mark_IV).

Submissions for the SXSW Gaming Awards opened in August 2016 through the official Gaming Awards page and closed in December. Finalists for the SXSW Gaming Awards categories were selected and voted on by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board and select staff, consisting of more than 40 industry experts well-versed in everything gaming and geek culture. Once finalists were revealed, the general public, along with the Advisory Board, were invited to cast their vote on IGN.com to help determine the winners in each category, which were unveiled and honored at tonight’s SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony.

2017 SXSW Gaming Awards Winners:

  • Excellence in SFX
    Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • Excellence in Musical Score
    DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Excellence in Technical Achievement
    Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
  • Excellence in Visual Achievement
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
  • Excellence in Animation
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
  • Excellence in Art
    Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo
  • Excellence in Convergence
    Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games
  • Excellence in Multiplayer
    Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Most Memorable Character
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Nathan Drake
  • Most Promising New Intellectual Property
    Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
    Starbound – Chucklefish Games
  • Excellence in Gameplay
    DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software
  • Excellence in Design
    Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
  • Excellence in Narrative
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog
  • Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
    That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games
  • Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer
    Arena Gods – Supertype
  • Gamer’s Voice Single Player
    Owlboy – D-pad Studio
  • Fan Creation of the Year
    Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV
  • Trending Game of the Year
    Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Esports Game of the Year
    Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment
  • Tabletop Game of the Year
    Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games
  • Mobile Game of the Year
    Pokémon GO – Niantic
  • Video Game of the Year
    Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

The SXSW Gaming Conference & Festival is a unique combination of geek and gaming culture featuring Expos, Awards, and Programming over three days.

For the full list of 2017 SXSW Gaming Award winners, visit gaming.sxsw.com/awards/.

2017 Oscar Nominations Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA — Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 24).

This year’s nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. PT via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy’s digital platforms; a satellite feed and broadcast media.  In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc.  In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees.  All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Monday, February 13 through Tuesday, February 21.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.  The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY – 89TH AWARDS

Picture 

  • “Arrival”
  • “Fences”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hidden Figures”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Lion”
  • “Manchester by the Sea”
  • “Moonlight”

Directing

  • Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival”
  • Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
  • Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
  • Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actor in a leading role

  • Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”
  • Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
  • Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Actor in a supporting role

  • Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
  • Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
  • Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
  • Dev Patel, “Lion”
  • Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Actress in a leading role:

  • Emma Stone, “La La Land”
  • Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
  • Ruth Negga, “Loving”
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Isabelle Huppert, “Elle

Actress in a supporting role

  • Viola Davis, “Fences”
  • Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
  • Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
  • Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Adapted Screenplay

  •  “Lion,” by Luke Davis
  •  “Arrival,” by Eric Heisserer
  •  “Moonlight,” by Barry Jenkins
  •  “Hidden Figures,” by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder
  •  “Fences,” by August Wilson

Original Screenplay

  •  “Manchester by the Sea,” by Kenneth Lonergan
  •  “Hell or High Water,” by Taylor Sheridan
  •  “La La Land,” by Damien Chazelle
  •  “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
  •  “The Lobster,” by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos

Cinematography

  • “Arrival”
  • “La La Land”
  •  “Lion”
  • “Moonlight”
  • “Silence”

Documentary feature

  • “Fire at Sea”
  • “I am Not Your Negro”
  • “Life, Animated”
  • “OJ: Made in America”
  • “13th”

Documentary short:

  • “Extermis”
  • “4.1 miles”
  • “Joe’s Violins”
  • “Watani: My Homeland”
  • “The White Helmets”

Foreign language film:

  • “Toni Erdmann,” Germany
  • “The Salesman,” Iran
  • “A Man Called Ove,” Sweden
  • “Tanna,” Australia
  • “Land of Mine,” Denmark

Sound editing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Sully”

Sound mixing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
  • “13 Hours”

Original score

  • Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”
  • Mica Levi, “Jackie”
  • Nicholas Britell, “Moonlight”
  • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, “Lion”
  • Thomas Newman, “Passengers”

Original song

  •  “City of Stars” (“La La Land”)
  • “How Far I’ll Go” (“Moana”)
  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” (“La La Land”)
  • “The Empty Chair” (“Jim: The James Foley Story”)
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (“Trolls”)

Production design

  • “Arrival” (Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte)
  • “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock)
  • “Hail, Caesar!” (Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh)
  • “La La Land” (David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)
  • “Passengers” (Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena)

Visual effects:

  • “Deepwater Horizon”
  • “Doctor Strange”
  • “The Jungle Book”
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Makeup and hairstyling

  • “A Man Called Ove”
  • “Star Trek Beyond”
  • “Suicide Squad”

Costume design

  • Mary Zophres, “La La Land”
  • Madeline Fontaine, “Jackie”
  • Consolata Boyle, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
  • Colleen Atwood, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
  • Joanna Johnston, “Allied”

Film Editing

  • “Arrival”
  • “Hell or High Water”
  • “Hacksaw Ridge”
  • “La La Land”
  • “Moonlight”

Live-action short

  • “Ennemis intérieurs,” Selim Azzazi
  • “La femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten
  • “Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, Kim Magnusson
  • “Sing,” Kristof Deák, Anna Udvardy “Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

Animated Short Film

  • “Blind Vashya”
  • “Borrowed Time”
  • “Pear Cider and Cigareets”
  • “Pearl”
  • “Piper”

Animated Feature Film

  • “Kubo and the Two Strings”
  • “Moana”
  • “My Life as a Zucchini”
  • “The Red Turtle”
  • “Zootopia”

 

Top 5 Horror Movies of 2015

As 2015 is quickly coming to a close, we wanted to take a moment and bring you our top 5 horror movies of the year.

Our #5 pick for the top horror movies of 2015 is a bit of indecisiveness but we just loved all three of them…

5. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse / Krampus / A Christmas Horror Story (Tied)

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These three movies were all great despite some minor issues and, when looked at overall, we liked them evenly. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is the story of three friends, who happen to be scouts, and how they deal with growing up and each other during a zombie apocalypse. Krampus is the latest film from Trick R Treat director Michael Daugherty and deals with a family under siege by the titular Krampus. A Christmas Horror Story is a cool horror anthology flick based around the Christmas holiday directed by Grant Harvey, Steve Hoban, and Brett Sullivan.

Check out our #4 pick on the next page….

2015 DICE Award Nominees Announced

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LOS ANGELES – Jan. 14, 2015 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is proud to honor the year’s finest achievements in video games with nominations for the 18th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show. Academy members begin voting today at Noon PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 5, at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2015 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2015). The Academy also confirmed comedian, podcaster, voice actor and cartoonist Pete Holmes will serve as host.

Fifty-six games received a D.I.C.E. nomination, representing a range of different platforms from teams of developers both large and small.  Leading the charge is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with nine nominations, including Game of the Year. Rounding out the Game of the Year nominations are: Destiny,Dragon Age: Inquisition, Far Cry 4, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  Several games received multiple nods, including: Far Cry 4 with seven; Destiny and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft with six;Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Monument Valley with five each; and inFAMOUS Second Son, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Valiant Hearts: The Great War with four each.

“The Academy is thrilled to have Pete Holmes as our Awards host this year – we are big fans of his work, and look forward to infusing our show with his special brand of humor, wit and whimsy,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “Each year there are so many great games to celebrate, and 2014 was no different – with rich and enveloping experiences to satisfy any demographic and across all platforms. Congratulations to all of our nominees, whose integral work has made a deep impression on our peer panelists – we look forward to unveiling the winners with you all on Feb. 5th!”

The D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will live stream in its entirety beginning at 7pm PT/10pm ET via Twitch at www.twitch.tv/dice.  Also being honored this year as the Pioneer Award recipients are Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, and Al Alcorn, the creator of PONG.

New Award Category:
To reflect the evolving landscape of the games industry, the Academy also introduced a new award category for this year’s D.I.C.E. Awards: the D.I.C.E. Sprite Award.  The D.I.C.E. Sprite Award will be awarded to a game having disproportionate resources for development and exposure (as compared to AAA titles), represent a higher degree of risk tolerance, and advances our industry with innovative gameplay and experiences. Those nominees are The Banner Saga, Hohokum, Monument Valley,Threes!, and Transistor.

The D.I.C.E. Award Nominees:
The following is a partial list of nominees; the complete list of Awards categories, finalists, and game maker credits is available at: http://www.interactive.org/images/pdfs/18th-Annual-DICE-Finalists.pdf

Game of the Year
Destiny
•    Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
•    Developer: Bungie
Dragon Age: Inquisition
•    Publisher: Electronic Arts
•    Developer: BioWare
Far Cry 4
•    Publisher: Ubisoft
•    Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
•    Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
•    Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
•    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
•    Developer: Monolith Productions

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Lumino City
•    Publisher: State of Play Games
•    Developer: State of Play Games
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
•    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
•    Developer: Monolith Productions
Monument Valley
•    Publisher: ustwo
•    Developer: ustwo
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
•    Publisher: E-Line Media
•    Developer: Upper One Games
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
•    Publisher: The Astronauts
•    Developer: The Astronauts

Adventure Game of the Year
inFAMOUS Second Son
•    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
•    Developer: Sucker Punch
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
•    Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
•    Developer: Monolith Productions
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
•    Publisher: Ubisoft
•    Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
•    Publisher: The Astronauts
•    Developer: The Astronauts
The Wolf Among Us
•    Publisher: Telltale Games
•    Developer: Telltale Games

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
•    Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
•    Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Destiny
•    Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
•    Developer: Bungie
Far Cry 4
•    Publisher: Ubisoft
•    Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Titanfall
•    Publisher: Electronic Arts
•    Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Wolfenstein: The New Order
•    Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
•    Developer: MachineGames

Mobile Game of the Year
80 Days
•    Publisher: Inkle
•    Developer: Inkle
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
•    Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
•    Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Kingdom Rush Origins
•    Publisher: Armor Games
•    Developer: Ironhide Game Studio
Monument Valley
•    Publisher: ustwo
•    Develoepr: ustwo
Threes!
•    Publisher: Sirvo LLC
•    Developer: Sirvo/Aeiowu/ BigGiantCircles

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
The Banner Saga
•    Publisher: Versus Evil LLC
•    Developer: Stoic LLC
Hohokum
•    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
•    Developer: Honeyslug
Monument Valley
•    Publisher: ustwo
•    Developer: ustwo
Threes!
•    Publisher: Sirvo LLC
•    Developer: Sirvo/Aeiowu/ BigGiantCircles
Transistor
•    Publisher: Supergiant Games
•    Developer: Supergiant Games

The Academy’s 22,000+ members, comprised of the interactive publishing and development communities, recognize excellence in 23 different interactive game categories in one of the highest forms of recognition in the industry.  Titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels to determine final nominees. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields. Winners are determined as part of a secure voting process and will be revealed on the evening of the show. Included in the Academy’s voting body is the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) – members are invited to vote on the craft categories.

Pete Holmes is a comedian. Maybe you know him from his podcast You Made It Weird. Or The Pete Holmes Show! Or his videos with FrontPage Films. Maybe you saw his hour special Nice Try, The Devil, or his half-hour Comedy Central Presents. Or on Conan. Or Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you saw him on VH1. Or heard him as the e*trade baby or on Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans. Pete also draws cartoons for The New Yorker, wrote for NBC’s Outsourced and FOX’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

To attend the 18th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards or the 2015 D.I.C.E. Summit, please visitwww.dicesummit.org to purchase tickets.

Wargaming Garners Russian GDC Awards

21st May 2012 — Wargaming.net, the award-winning videogame developer and publisher, announced today the company has won several prestigious awards at the Russian game developers conference KRI 2012 that took place in Moscow from May 18 till May 20.

Following its last year’s success, Wargaming.net has taken three prizes, including the Industry Award received for the second year in a row, the Best Developer award, and the Best MMO award won by the company’s highly anticipated MMO action game World of Warplanes.

“We are excited to leave Moscow with three prizes under our belt, just like we were last year,” said Wargaming.net CEO Victor Kislyi. “Even against the toughest competition, we’ve proved that we can develop and support top-notch projects, and I’d like to thank the whole Wargaming.net team for what we’ve managed to grow into.”