Inaugural Emotional Game Awards Dish Out Nominees

Emotional Game Awards sounds like it’s right up David Cage’s alley, for better or for worse.

It’s award season today, and despite a much more prominent movie awards group announcing their nominees this morning, that’s not going to necessarily make competitors stay away from sharing their own this week. As noted at IndieGames.com, the inaugural Emotional Game Awards have revealed nominees of their own!

Despite a more crowded group of titles, the Emotional Game Awards are handed out to nominees that the group feels “engender emotions in players, both positive and negative.” Despite a large number of the categories including indie games, including the overall best category, there is a category dedicated to strictly indie games. Other category breakdowns include those for music, mobile & handheld, virtual reality and artistry. Any award ceremony giving shoutouts to games like Life Is Strange, Ori and the Blind Forest and Emily Is Away are cool in my books!

With that, here is the complete list of Emotional Game Awards 2016’s nominees.

Best Emotional Game Nominees

  • Beyond Eyes (Tiger&Squid – Team 17 Digital Ltd)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room – Sony)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment – Square Enix Limited)
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (E-line media)
  • Ori And The Blind Forest (Moon Studios – Microsoft)

Best Emotional Artistic Game Achievement Nominees

  • Beyond Eyes (Tiger&Squid – Team 17 Digital Ltd)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room – Sony)
  • MIND: Path to Thalamus Enhanced Edition (Mind Dev Team – Talking about Media)
  • Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (E-line media)
  • Ori And The Blind Forest (Moon Studios – Microsoft)
  • Sunless Sea (Failbetter Games)

Best Emotional Game Design Nominees

  • Emily is Away (Kyle Seeley)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment – Square Enix Limited)
  • Out of Sight (ISART Digital)
  • Papo & Yo (OS X & Linux) (Minority Media Inc)
  • Star Sky (JMJ Interactive)

Best Emotional VR Game Nominees

  • Home is Where One Starts… (David Wehle)
  • MIND: Path to Thalamus Enhanced Edition (Mind Dev Team – Talking about Media)
  • Sens (Red Corner)
  • The Unknown Photographer (Turbulent – The National FIlm Board of Canada)

Best Emotional Mobile & Handheld Nominees

  • Cloud Chasers – Journey of Hope (Blindflug Studios)
  • Discouraged Workers (Yggdrasil Studio)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Lost in Harmony (Digixart)
  • Out there (Mi-Clos Studio)
  • Spirits of Spring (Minority Media Inc)

Best Emotional Music Nominees

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room – Sony)
  • Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment – Square Enix Limited)
  • Lost in Harmony (Digixart)
  • Lumini (Speelbars – Rising star games)
  • Ori And The Blind Forest (Moon Studios – Microsoft)
  • Void and Meddler (No CVT- Mi-Clos)

Best Emotional Indie Game Nominees

  • Among the Sleep (Krillbite Studio)
  • Emily is Away (Kyle Seeley)
  • Sunless Sea ( Failbetter Games)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Venti Mesi (We are Müesli)
  • Wheels of Aurelia (Santa Ragione)
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