LAS VEGAS, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a non-profit media organization, has announced winners for its 13th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology, and production.
Nominations were announced earlier this year at CES by Kate-Madonna Hindes of girlmeetsgeek.com, Tish Trotter of Geek Smash, Larry Hester of Complex Media, Marshall Honorof of Laptop Magazine, and Ivo Lukas of Huffington Post.
The Last of Us won 15 awards including Game of the Year, Art Direction - Contemporary, Camera Direction in a Game Engine, Control Design 3D, Direction in a Game Cinema, Game Design - New IP, Graphics - Technical, Lead Performance in a Drama, Lighting/Texturing, Dramatic Score - New IP, Sound Editing in a Game Cinema, Sound Effects, Use of Sound - New IP, Writing in a Drama, and Outstanding Original Action Game.
Bioshock: Infinite won the following 6 awards: Art Direction - Period Influence, Game Design - Franchise, Song Collection, Supporting Performance in a Drama, Use of Sound - Franchise, and Outstanding Franchise Action Game.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was the third largest winner with 5 awards for Animation, Art Direction - Fantasy, Light Mix Score, Song, and Original Family Game.
Winning two awards each were Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Character Design, Costume Design), The Stanley Parable (Lead Performance in a Comedy, Writing in a Comedy), and Tomb Raider (Control Precision, Dramatic Score - Franchise).
Notable single awards went to The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Rayman Legends, Towerfall, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
For Innovation in Game Technology, the Oculus Rift Development Kit won the award over competition from iPad Air, Ouya, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Palmer Luckey will receive the award.
Honorary awards will be given to Mark Cerny for his role shepherding developer-friendly hardware architecture in PlayStation products, as well as to Anita Sarkeesian for exhaustive research of game tropes in "Damsel in Distress," a YouTube series.
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SOURCE National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers