New York hosts its own video game awards night

New York is celebrating tonight – not just because of a certain sporting achievement, but because the New York Videogame Critics Circle held its first awards ceremony on Thursday night, and these parties tend to rage for days.

As we all know, New York, New York is a special place – so good they named it twice, and so unique that – among other prizes – a statue is presented to the “Most NY Centric Game”.

New York Video Games Critics Circle Awards 2012


As a nice touch, each of the prizes were carefully phrased to encapsulate both the spirit of gaming and the nature of the city itself, something that many award ceremonies don’t think about. None of this “Best FPS” stuff, instead, we have awards based on Battery Park, off-Broadway, Mad Men and the A Train.

So – without further ado, here are the inaugural winners from the New York Videogame Critics Circle awards!

Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game
Super Mario Land 3D

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

A Train Award for Best Mobile Game
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game
Portal 2

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

Statue of Liberty Award for Best Open World Game
Saints Row: The Third

Great White Way Award for Best Overall Acting in a Game
Portal 2

Algonquin Roundtable Award for Best Book
All Your Base Are Belong to Us by Harold Goldberg

Mad Men Award for Best Videogame Commercial
Long Live Play – Michael

Manhattan Award for Most NY Centric Game
Crysis 2

Big Apple Award for Best Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The event itself is organised by the NYVCC, an organisation founded by acclaimed journalist Harold Goldberg. In addition to being a member of the award selection panel Goldberg also picked up a prize himself, for Best Book (awarded to All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture, perhaps the best book title ever). We’re just putting that out there.

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