The 1st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Game of the Year Awards

In conjunction with NYU’s Game Center, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is proud to announce its first Game of the Year Awards. The ceremony will take place at Manhattan’s Cantor Film Center on February 2, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The event will feature members of the Critics Circle themselves -- along with various surprises to be revealed soon.

The New York Videogame Critics Circle is comprised of 22 of the area’s finest writers and critics, from Time to Unwinnable. Here is the complete list of members:

“We’ve been fairly quiet since we began as a very small group. The Circle’s first meeting over a year and a half ago included Evan Narcisse, a few stalwarts, and me. But we’ve grown and evolved since then,” says Harold Goldberg, the group’s founder and author of All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture.

“The Circle began meeting because we feel that the New York critics are sometimes given short shrift by the industry, which is centered on the West Coast. We feel there’s strength in numbers,” continues Goldberg. “We’re giving out awards simply because we all have something to say - not only about individual games, but about this artful medium as a whole.”

The Critics Circle Awards are broken down into New York-centric categories. For example, there’s the Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music and the Statue of Liberty Award for Best Open World Game.

Actually, the videogame industry began in the New York area. William Higinbotham created “Tennis for Two” at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the late 1950s. And Ralph Baer, the inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey, wrote his manifesto for nearly every kind of game we have today at the Port Authority on midtown Manhattan's West Side. “It’s only natural that New York’s Videogame Critics would come together as a force in the place where it all began,” says Goldberg.

More news about the 1 st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards nominees will be forthcoming.

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