Winners: 2011 New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards

The 1st Annual New York Videogame Critics Circle Awards were distributed last night at New York's Cantor Film Center. 

In addition to some terrific music from Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett from Bastion, a brilliant host in Logan Cunningham, a thoughful appearance from Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, an hilarious presentation from The Daily Show’s Daniel Radosh, the Critics Circle presented 11 Awards for the best games of the year.

The night included two panel discussions, one about the Critic Circle's origins, the other, a lively tete a tete about the year's best games.

Frank Lantz, the director of NYU's Game Center, also spoke about the Game Center's new MFA in Game Design.

Later, members, nominees and winners repaired to the East Village's Scratcher Bar for a rousing after party.

Overall, it was a D.I.Y. kind of night in which all of the Circle's members pitched in to help, a fine evening full of wit, heart, soul and charm.

Here are the winners:

Manhattan Award for Most NY Centric Game

Crysis 2

Battery Park Award for Best Handheld Game

Super Mario Land 3D

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game


A Train Award for Best Mobile Game

Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game

Portal 2

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game


Statue of Liberty Award for Best Open World Game

Saints Row: The Third

Great White Way Award for Best Overall Acting in a Game

Portal 2

Algonquin Roundtable Award for Best Book

All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How 50 Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture by Harold Goldberg

Mad Men Award for Best Videogame Commercial

Long Live Play – Michael

Big Apple Award for Best Game

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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