The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today that submissions for the Into the Pixel (ITP) 2013 exhibit are now open.
Through this unique partnership between the ESA and the AIAS, ITP has pioneered digital game art exhibitions and continues to facilitate this valuable conversation between the traditional and digital art worlds.
This year’s esteemed group of jurists:
The AIAS Foundation, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ philanthropic arm, is pleased to announce that submissions for its Randy Pausch Scholarship and Mark Beaumont Scholarship are now open. These scholarships support aspiring game makers in undergraduate or graduate level programs who are planning on pursuing a career in video game development or leadership.
The Randy Pausch scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment like art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.
The Mark Beaumont scholarship, which awards two $2,500 scholarships, was established in 2010 to honor the memory of the previous COO of Capcom North America and Europe, Mark Beaumont. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment such as executive leadership, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.
For more information about the scholarships, qualifications and application forms, please visit our scholarship page. The deadline to apply is June 28, 2013.
Were you unable to watch the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards LIVE last Thursday? Hankering to catch the Awards intro that everyone can’t stop talking about? Don’t worry, the entire awards show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, along with red carpet interviews is available here.
Dying to check out Jenova Chen’s emotional discourse on the making of Journey? Itching to watch Warren Spector discuss his thoughts on the graying of gaming? Catch all of the FULL D.I.C.E. Summit sessions here.
If you don’t have the time to check out the full sessions, but want to get the highlights, make your way to ENTV’s Youtube page to get a brief preview of each of the sessions.
Our annual Into the Pixel auction is underway! The auction is meant to help fund the AIAS Foundation and Into the Pixel’s global tour to share video game art to fans worldwide. Among this year’s art work we have scenes from Journey, Mass Effect 3, Halo 4, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed III, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, among others. Don’t miss out, this auction ends this Wednesday at 3 PM PT!
You can bid on the collection here.
Downloadable games stole the spotlight at this evening’s 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, as the epic Playstation 3 exclusive Journey, from thatgamecompany, nabbed eight awards including Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction. The Walking Dead sauntered home with four awards, including Adventure Game of the Year and Downloadable Game of the Year. Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that are pushing the boundaries of technology, creativity and artistic expression in the worldwide interactive entertainment industry.
Other multi-award winners include Halo 4, honored for visual engineering and connectivity, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown,recognized for its feats in gameplay engineering as well as Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year. The full list of winners illustrates the diversity in interactive experiences available today, including Web-Based Game of the Year SimCity Social, Family Game of the Year Skylanders Giants, Mobile Game of the Year Hero Academy, and Action Game of the YearBorderlands 2.
“For the past 16 years, the D.I.C.E. Awards have brought together the brightest and most creative minds in games to celebrate outstanding achievement in interactive entertainment. This year is no exception as the hottest players representing all facets of the industry - from downloadable to console to mobile games -- took center stage,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “From our many category winners to our distinguished honorees Gabe Newell, Dave Lebling and Marc Blank, we congratulate all the talented developers and publishers whose contributions led to another exceptional year in games.”
Hosted by actor, comedian, television host and Nerdist Chris Hardwick, the D.I.C.E. Awards took place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas during the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2013), which is produced by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in conjunction with PMC/Variety. The event streamed live on MachinimaLive.com, and is now available to view at youtube.com/machinima.
Also during the Awards ceremony, industry legend, Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve Corporation, became the 17th inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, and Infocom co-founders Dave Lebling and Marc Blank received the 2013 AIAS Pioneer Award.
Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. Over a hundred titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. The panels are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women. Each panel is responsible for evaluating one award category. D.I.C.E. recipients are determined by a vote of qualified Academy members. Award voting is confidential, conducted online and supervised and certified by VoteNet Solutions, Inc. The integrity of the system, coupled with a broad-based voting population of AIAS members, makes the D.I.C.E. Awards the most credible, respected and recognized awards for interactive entertainment software.
The complete list of winners, as decided by a peer-based voting system, is as follows:
Action Game of the Year
Mobile Game of the Year
Handheld Game of the Year
Paper Mario Sticker Star
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Outstanding Achievement in Story
The Walking Dead
Outstanding Character Performance
The Walking Dead: Lee Everett
Downloadable Game of the Year
The Walking Dead
Casual Game of the Year
Web Based Game of the Year
Family Game of the Year
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Mass Effect 3
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 13
Racing Game of the Year
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Fighting Game of the Year
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity
Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin’s Creed III
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Adventure Game of the Year
The Walking Dead
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Game of the Year
Click here for the official press release.