Best Game Artist: Ken Wong of Monument Valley
Wong is an Australian artist and designer. He has done a huge variety of art
, and was the art director for Alice: Madness Returns.
His work on Monument Valley
is exquisite. The designs follow beautiful color schemes and the character is simple and elegant.
Best Game Writer: Tim Schafer, Broken Age: Act I
Schafer founded Double Fine Productions in 2000, after a career at LucasArts. His company is responsible for Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Brutal Legend, among others. His games are quirky and creative, with strong female characters. Most recently his game Broken Age: Act I depicted Vella Tartine, who is one of the young women offered up as a sacrifice to a giant monster terrorizing the land. She takes matters into her own hands and fights back against tradition.
Best Game Developer: Telltale Games
This year has been really big for Telltale. Previously known for a lot of great gaming gems (Bone, Sam & Max, Back to the Future), they have begun working on huge name video game tie-ins. The company is known for their episodic gaming, which has been a great fit for their new TV show and comic book games. This past year saw the end of The Wolf Among Us, Season Two of The Walking Dead, and the beginning of Game of Thrones.
Best Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
It’s no surprise that the newest installation from Bioware won for Best Video Game. Not only does the developer have a cult following, but all of their games are top notch. Like its predecessors, Dragon Age: Inquisition
offers a wide variety of characters to play, each with their own strong narrative. The game will pull you in with its dialogue, difficult choices, and elegant game play
Best Tabletop/Board/RPG: Shinobi Clans, Posthuman Studios
Who doesn’t love ninjas? In Shinobi Clans, you are the clan master, the one person who must decide the fate of your fellow ninjas. The game allows you to build a powerful following and take down your enemies through politics, and assassination. Posthuman Studio’s strategic card game lets you set spies on two to four other players, ruin their plans for glory, and sabotage their leaders all while building your own empire.
Best Mobile Game: Two Dots, WePlayDots
Who knew a screen full of colored dots could be an adventure? This adorable phone game can be horribly frustrating, and then overwhelmingly rewarding
. Hours spent carefully destroying legions of dots will allow you to advance to even more difficult and wondrous levels. And it’s so gosh darn cute!
Best Game for Non-Gamers: Shinobi Clans, Posthuman Studios
I ask again, who doesn’t love ninjas? If you are looking for a game to play with your non-gamer friends, this is the one for you! You’ll be surprised by how quickly even your closest friends stab you in the back and sabotage your plans for success. The learning curve is fairly forgiving, and the cards are easy to understand.