Last night marked the 10th Annual New York Game Awards, hosted by none other than former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé. He and fellow host Harold Goldberg (former editor-in-chief of Sony Online Entertainment and a prolific journalist) honored multiple titles in accordance with the New York Videogame Critics Circle, of which Goldberg is president and founder.
Among the multiple winners, none stood taller than Supergiant Games’ Hades. Nominated in many categories, it took home five awards total, including both Indie and overall Game of the Year. This also included wins for its writing and music, and recognition of Supergiant’s longtime voice, Logan Cunningham.
It wasn’t the only winner you can find on Nintendo Switch, though. Nintendo’s own Animal Crossing: New Horizons took home the Best Kids Game award. While I won’t argue with that categorization, the fact I, an adult by all legal metrics, have spent too many hours chasing balloons so I can build a pretty piece of furniture speaks volumes on the game’s universal appeal as well.
The full list of 2021 New York Game Awards winners can be found here:
- Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year: Hades
- Statue of Liberty Award for Best World: Ghost of Tsushima
- Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game: Hades
- Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game: Half-Life: Alyx
- Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game: Hades
- Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game: Genshin Impact
- Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game: Hades
- Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake: Final Fantasy VII: Remake
- Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game: Logan Cunningham as Lord Hades / Poseidon / Achilles / Charon / The Storyteller / Asterius in Hades
- Shea Stadium Award for Best Esports Event: Overwatch League
- Captain Award for Best Esports Team: Red Bull OG: CS:GO
- Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism: Jason Schreier for his story in Kotaku: As Naughty Dog Crunches on The Last of Us, Developers Wonder How Long This Can Last.
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