AT A MAZE. / BERLIN 2017 - 6TH INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT VIDEOGAMES AND PLAYFUL MEDIA FESTIVAL
A MAZE. AWARDS 2017 SUBMISSION - FROM DECEMBER 01, 2016 TILL MARCH 01, 2017
Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. 2014 A MAZE. extended the award to three categories and the audience award. 2015 we’ve introduced our fourth category the "Other Dimensions Award” which is dedicated to play in virtual reality.
Now in respect of the forward-thinking and game changing development of the creators some of the 2012 award conditions and categories are not legit anymore. We've decided to adapt on the exciting movement and made some extension: The categories are: “Most Amazing Game Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award”, “Collider Award” and “Audience Award”.
The most amazing trophy consists out of three independent elements: a pink silicone cube, a metal ball and a concrete socket. Thorsten S. Wiedemann, the director of A MAZE. explains: "The pink silicon stands for interactivity and playfulness, the concrete socket for culture and meaning, and the embedded metal ball for connectivity and completeness."
An hand-picked international jury has the honorable task to select the winners of the following categories on-site.
The six categories for 2017 are:
Most Amazing Game Award (3000€)
This award goes to the best game overall - in terms of game play, art, innovation, music, story and interaction. This prize is dedicated to the masterpiece of the award selection, that shows a path we never went before.
Human Human Machine Award (1000€)
This award goes to the best game that can be played by two or more people in the same room (local multiplayer), and includes some digital element – fully analog games won’t be accepted.
Long Feature Award (1000€) NEW
This is the award for complex games and developing virtual reality worlds. Those are the ones, who challenge your life by offering much more than 2hrs game play and immersive storytelling.
Digital Moment Award (1000€) NEW
Poems, Statements, Experimentations, Short experiences - in this category, artists express political messages, comedic life situations and different feelings through the interactive medium.
Collider Award (1000€) NEW
Mash everything! Forster interdisciplinary productions! This is the award for games and virtual reality experiences in collaboration with science, makers, engineers, researchers, theater and writers. It also includes alternative controllers, installations, creative coding, and kick ass tech performances.
Audience Award (no money prize)
The winner will be voted out of the 25 nominees by the public during the course of the festival. Every visitor gets one pink dot to vote for the favourite game at A MAZE. / Berlin.
A MAZE. Awards history (2012-2016)
* The Most Amazing Game Award
This award goes to the best game overall - in terms of game play, art, innovation, music, story and interaction. The prize is dedicated to the masterpiece of the selection. Basically, it is the continuation of the previous A MAZE. Award.
Winner 2016: Cosmic Top Secret by Trine Laier, Mads Lyngvig Jespersen, Lise Saxtrup, Bjørn Svin Winner 2015: Curtain by Llaura McGee
Winner 2014: Perfect Woman by Lea Schönfelder and Peter Lu
Winner 2013: Spaceteam by Henry Smith
Winner 2012: Proteus by Ed Key and David Kanaga
* Human Human Machine Award
This award goes to the best game that can be played by two or more people in the same room (local multiplayer), and includes some digital element – fully analog games won't be accepted.
Winner 2016: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes by Steel Crate Games, Inc.
Winner 2015: Crawl by Powerhoof
Winner 2014: Nidhogg by Mark Essen
* WTF?! Award
The award for games that transport no compromises, reckless art, subversive fun and provoking progression. A MAZE./ is looking for the best glitch, punk, and art games.
Winner 2016: Lieve Oma by Florian Veltman
Winner 2015: Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten
Winner 2014: Fjords by Kyle Reimersgartin
* Other Dimensions Award
Quite a number of independent game developers and digital artists are discovering this technology as a new way of expression. A MAZE. features that passionated evolution and is looking for the total embodiment in the beauty of an other dimension.
Winner 2016: Diorama No.3 - The Marchland by The Shoebox Diorama
Winner 2015: Pixel Ripped by Ana Ribeiro
Introduced in 2014, the audience award will return too. The winner will be voted out of the 20 finalists by the spectators during the course of the festival.
Winner 2016: Genital Jousting: A MAZE. Grand Prize Winning Game by Team Swaffelen
Winner 2015: Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten
Winner 2014: Choosatron by Jerry Belich
More infos about A MAZE. / Berlin: www.amaze-berlin.de
Initiated by A MAZE.: www.a-maze.net