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2014 IGF Nominees Includes Stanley Parable, Papers, Please

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This year the Independent Games Festival celebrates its 16th year, and ahead of the event has announced the nominees for the IGF Main Competition.

More than 650 nominations were entered into IGF this year, with the 375 judges whittling down those choices to the categories of Excellence in Visual Art, Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Design, the Nuovo Award (for innovation) and the Seamus McNally Grand Prize. Previous Grand Prize winners include Cart Life, Fez and Minecraft, and this year’s winner will take home $30,000 in addition to the recognition and acclaim tied to the award.

Mobile mystery Device 6 is nominated for four awards, including Excellence in Visual Art, Narrative and Video. The Stanley Parable has been listed in three categories, while Papers, Please continues to find itself receiving acclaim as a potential winner of four of the awards. The Yahwg may only be nominated in two categories, but it’s still a treat to see it among such prestigious company.

The Grand Prize should be one of the more heated battles of the show, with The Stanley Parable, Don’t Starve, Papers, Please and Device 6 duking it out for top honors among some other top competitors. These games have been on the tips of everyone’s tongues all year, and it’s certainly not surprising to see them held in such high esteem here.

You can view the full list of nominees below, and check out more on the festival (including the honorable mentions) over on the IGF site.

Excellence In Visual Art
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)
The Banner Saga (Stoic)
Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids)
Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
Drei (Etter)

Excellence In Narrative
The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)
Paralect (Paralect Team)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Excellence In Design
TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
868-HACK (Michael Brough)
Mushroom 11 (Untame)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Excellence In Audio
Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

Nuovo Award
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
Luxuria Superbia (Tale of Tales)
Extrasolar (Lazy 8 Studios)
Perfect Woman (Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder)
SoundSelf (Robin Arnott)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Save the Date (Paper Dino Software)
Corrypt (Michael Brough)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

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