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Fez wins over the audience at Fantastic Arcade

11:00 PM on 09.25.2011 // Allistair Pinsof

Another year of Austin's annual videogame festival Fantastic Arcade has come to an end, but not without a couple winners, losers (haha!), and pissed-off Norwegians. Seriously, don't make eye-contact with them. They will mess your sh*t up.

The biggest winner is also the most predictable one: Fez takes home the Audience Choice Award along with a neat Lego statue. Faraway (by Little--Eyes) won the Best in Show award, which would be pretty impressive if I knew anything about the panel of judges. 

My game of show? GUN BULLET! Pinballz Arcade were nice enough to bring its cabinet to the show and set it on free-play. I played it obsessively over the past couple days. 

Click below for the full list of winners.

  • Best in Show: Faraway by Little--Eyes
  • Audience Choice Award: Fez by Polytron 
  • Most Punished for Lack of Ninjas Award:Radical Fishing by Vlambeer
  • The Bionic Commando Award for Grappling Hook Excellence Award: Capsized by AlienTrap
  • The "You got 2D in my 3D, or maybe 3D in my 2D" Award: Fez by Polytron
  • The Mandlebrot Award: Fract by Phosfiend Systems 
  • The Most Recent Use of Japanese Tradition by Westerners Award: Skulls of the Shogun by Haunted Temple Studios
  • The Implied Cephalopod Intercourse Award: Octodad by Team Octodad 
  • The Teach the Controversy Award: Jesus vs. Dinosaurs by Martin Jonasson, Petri Purho

For those of you foaming at the mouth for some quasi-3D indie-platforming action, word has it that you may have to wait a while longer. Fez is saying, "Screw you" to 2011 and moving to an early 2012 release date. Damn, now we'll never know if it would have outsold Skyrim

Once I get done flunking out of college and typing up some film reviews for Flixist -- which you better read everyday for awesome movie news -- I'll have the rest of my Fantastic Arcade previews up for you all to read, including a first look at Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and what may be Pixeljunk's finest game yet (hint: It's not 4am).


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