Last night at The Carlu in downtown Toronto the fifth annual Canadian Videogame Awards were held, hosted by the wonderfully funny and charming Mark Meer (Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy). This was a unique year for the traditionally annual awards show since not only did it make the coast-to-coast move from Vancouver to Toronto but due to timing, it was host to the awards for both 2013 and 2014 awards. Mostly.
Because the nominations for 2014’s finalists were due in mid-November, several of the year’s largest games didn’t quality, leaving Canadian-made Assassin’s Creed Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Far Cry 4 out of the running entirely. For unknown reasons, Electronic Arts had no games listed a among the initial nominations either despite their strong mobile and EA Sports presence in Canada.
The event itself however, succeeded without a hitch, produced beautifully by Carl-Edwin Michel. Meer and the series of presenters from EP Media, Canadian developers and video game actors (including Elias Toufexis, Jennifer Hale, Kate Drummond, and Roger Craig Smith) kept things moving quick and smoothly despite there being twice the amount of awards to give out.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag took home the most awards for 2013 and Child of Light led the pack in 2014 for another strong showcase by Ubisoft.
2013 Award Winners
|Best Console Game||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag|
|Best Downloadable Game||Guacamelee!|
|Best Game on the Go||Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon|
|Best iOS Game||Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition|
|Best Social/Casual Game||UNO & Friends|
|Best Animation||Batman: Arkham Origins|
|Best Audio||Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon|
|Best Game Design||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag|
|Best Game Innovation||Contrast|
|Best Indie Game||Guacamelee!|
|Best New Character||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Edward Kenway)|
|Best Original Music||Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Power Core by Power Glove)|
|Best Technology||Dead Rising 3|
|Best Visual Arts||Batman: Arkham Origins|
|Best Writing||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag|
|Game of the Year||Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag|
|Fans’ Choice Award||Outlast|
2014 Award Winners
|Best Console Game||Watch_Dogs|
|Best Downloadable Game||Child of Light|
|Best Game on the Go||Skylanders Trap Team|
|Best iOS Game||Hitman GO|
|Best Social/Casual Game||i saw her across the world|
|Best Animation||Child of Light|
|Best Audio||Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry|
|Best Game Design||Hitman GO|
|Best Game Innovation||Super Time Force|
|Best Indie Game||Always Sometimes Monsters|
|Best New Character||Child of Light – Aurora|
|Best Original Music||Child of Light – Aurora’s Theme|
|Best Visual Arts||Child of Light|
|Best Writing||Always Sometimes Monsters|
|Game of the Year||Watch_Dogs|
|Fans’ Choice Award||Dragons: Rise of Berk|
Below is an image from Ubisoft’s table after the show.
The 2014 CVAs were live-streamed on Twitch and will be broadcast on G4 Canada November 29th at 6pm, 9pm and 12am and Sunday, November 30th at 2pm, 7pm and 11pm. For full event information visit: www.canadianvideogameawards.com or follow along on Facebook or Twitter (#CanadianVideogameAwards).
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