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IndieCade Announces 2019 Festival

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IndieCade is returning to Santa Monica and hosting its 12th annual festival on October 10-12 at the Center for Media and Design.  

This year, IndieCade is spotlighting new categories honoring design, performance, adaptation and more. To provide independent developers with the opportunity to be considered for these new Spotlight Awards, IndieCade is extending the submission deadline to Thursday, April 25th. For more information on entry requirements or to submit a recent project, visit: https://www.indiecade.com/submissions.

IndieCade celebrates excellence in achievement annually with a dozen awards honoring top talent across independent gaming. Our New Spotlight Awards for the 2019 festival include:

Social Impact

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 for games encompasses 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.

Performance

The Performance Award honors a game with a unique or particularly sublime performance: voice, motion capture, video, live and more. As games grow in cultural weight and professional development, the field of independent development has involved a larger variety of artists from all disciplines. The brilliant pacing, empathy, and understanding of the best actors have been harnessed this decade to make some of the most arresting play experiences we have ever seen. This award celebrates the performers doing the amazing work in the field of play.

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.

Competitive Design

Athletic and Mental Competition are amongst the oldest pastimes in the world. Experiences designed to create inventive and unique fields for competition, that drive their players to perfect skill and strategy, that breed active and mobile metagames all play to this ancient practice. The Competitive Design award rewards experiences innovating in these spaces and creating magical new spaces for play competition and making us itch to create new organizations of play.

Cooperative Design

Playing with others, driving with friends and allies toward a shared experience is at the heart of many of the experiences we have engaged with over the course of human history. Experiences designed to create inventive and unique interactions that bring us together, working towards a shared goal. The Cooperative Design award rewards experiences innovating in how we play together.

Tabletop Design

Staring across a board, a hand of cards, or even a chaotic pile of detailed paper notes, games played at the table, often with friends, leveraging the imagination of players to create unique and companionable experiences is the heart of games for many of us. The Tabletop Design Award celebrates an indie tabletop games of the year that innovates, surprises, and delights the heart.

Procedural Design

The Procedural Design Award honors a game that leverages randomness and algorithmic content or behavior to create unique and innovative interactions. Procedural Design is a growing skill with new discoveries made in many fields related to game development - graphics, narrative, level design, meaningful randomness, artificial behavior, and more. This award celebrates the amazing design of procedural and random chance that drives amazing discovery in the field of play.

Adaptation

The inspiration for games comes from wildly different sources and places, and games that interpret the world of another piece of media, reflect a documentary of real world systems, or adapt the experience of other places and stories explore the innovative edge of why we play. The Adaptation Award celebrates a game that examines and interprets using the logic of play and the power of interaction.

Returning Jury Awards for the 2019 festival include:

Innovation in Interactive Design

Innovation in Interaction Design honors the specialized artistry and innovation required to engage with games on a new level. This may be in the form of original controllers, unique interface design, or bold new mechanics. At its utmost, the Interaction Award acknowledges a work that asks us to reconsider the ways in which we play.

Innovation in Experience Design

Innovation in Experience Design honors a game that provides a unique, curated experience. This can come in the form of a rich narrative or be entirely 'story-less'. It takes the player on an emotional arc that can't be had anywhere else.

IndieCade Jury Prix

The IndieCade Jury Prix is for a game the jury wishes to confer honor for separating itself from the pack through its craftsmanship, innovation, and /or design.

IndieCade Grand Jury

The IndieCade Grand Jury Award represents the best of IndieCade’s best. This is the one game out of 36 nominees, and the hundreds and hundreds of submissions to the festival, that not only captures how far independent games have come, but how much farther they can still take us. Past winners include Her Story, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, and last year’s Oikospiel Book I.

An international jury comprised of past IndieCade finalists, independent and mainstream game developers, artists, researchers, academics, curators, game writers and journalists will review all submissions and select the 2019 nominated titles and official festival selections. If a game is selected for the festival, the developers will have the opportunity to showcase their title before an international audience, be considered for awards categories and receive two all access IndieCade passes and invitations to events and parties hosted throughout the festival.

For more information, visit: https://www.indiecade.com/


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