The contenders for the 12th Annual Independent Games Festival awards have been announced
today -- you can find the full list of finalists after the jump. In addition to the Seamus McNally Grand Prize (nominees for which include Joe Danger
and Super Meat Boy
), there are specialized categories recognizing excellence in art, design, audio, and technical achievement. There's also the Nuovo Award, which honors "abstract, shortform, and unconventional game development." Previous winners of the Nuovo include N+
co-creator Mare Sheppard and Passage
developer Jason Rohrer.
We find ourselves particularly invested in this year's awards show, as -- deep breath now
-- AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard For Gravity
was nominated for Excellence in Design. We've got, like, a million
jokes we still want to make about that game title, but we're running out of opportunities to do so.