The 2011 IndieCade Awards were held in Santa Monica last evening and, in a pretty informal event, Phil Fish's Fez
came away with the biggest wins of the night. It received two awards, one for Story/World Design, and the second for the Best in Show prize. Johann Sebastian Joust
, a physical game that challenges players to hold PlayStation Move controllers still while getting audio feedback in musical form, also picked up two awards: one for Best Technology, and another award for Impact on the community.
Tom Sennett's manic Deepak Fights Robots
won the award for best Gameplay Design, Superbrothers' Sword and Sworcery EP
picked up the award for Visuals, and Proteus
, in which players are offered up a musical environment to explore, won for best Sound. Interaction went to German physical game Ordnungswissenschaft
, and the Special Recognition award went to side-scrolling puzzler platformer The Swapper
The ceremony itself was short but wacky. Presenters like Samm Levine and Martin Starr (of TV's "Freaks and Geeks"
), as well as web video stars Team Unicorn
and Sandeep Parikh, cracked sometimes awkward jokes, while the indie developers themselves acted (unsurprisingly) indie. Joust
's team used one of their awards speeches to silently demo the game, and Tom Sennett took the stage to simply announce, "I'm Tom Sennett, and I don't give a fuck!" Fish himself (above) laughed maniacally after winning his second award, and then joked that he thought the Canadian Sword and Sworcery
team was going to win. "Take that, Toronto!" he joked.
We'll be at IndieCade over the rest of the weekend, so stay tuned for more coverage.