As part of its lineup of awards this year, the Independent Games Festival’s Brandon Boyer has just announced that it will feature a new category in narrative excellence.
Boyer elaborates on the decision on the IGF blog:
This may not come as too much of a shock, because it’s something that judges, entrants, and the general public have been asking for for quite some time now. Our initial decision to not add the category was not one we took lightly.
Apparently there was some internal debate about the addition of the new category, particularly due to the fact that the Festival is trying to cut down on categories and pull it back to just the bare basics, but evidently the team felt it an important addition.
Boyer explained that the new ‘Excellence in Narrative’ category will be recognised in much the same way the Game Developers Choice Awards category of the same name is:
innovation, quality, and impressiveness of storytelling in a game, including, but not limited to, scenario, plot construction, story, dialogue, and other major factors.
That’s nice, innit, peeps? That’s nice.