God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2 nominated for 8th Annual New York Game Awards

Spider-Man Silver Lining Toby Maguire Suit 8th Annual New York Game Awards

The 8th Annual New York Game Awards is headed to the SVA Theatre in New York City on January 22nd, and that means gamers will get the chance to see if their favorite video games will get to win the honor. The event is hosted by the New York Videogame Critics Circle, with categories including Best Game Music, Best Remake, and the main category, the Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year. For the night’s entertainment, there will be live music and comedy from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Aside from the video game nominations for the 8th Annual New York Game Awards, there will be other awards like the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism and the Andrew Yoon Legend Award. The former will be presented by Chris Suellentrop, the former New York Times video game critic and current senior editor for Politico Magazine. The latter award will be given to Jade Raymond, co-creator of the Assassin’s Creed franchise and founder of EA Motive and Ubisoft Toronto studios.

Here’s the list of nominees for the 8th Annual New York Game Awards below:

Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year

  • Monster Hunter: World
  • God of War
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Celeste
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game

  • Nintendo Labo Variety Pack
  • Yoku’s Island Express
  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Moss
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!

A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game

  • Alto’s Odyssey
  • Death Road to Canada
  • Florence
  • Part Time UFO
  • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition
  • Homo Machina
  • Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation

Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best Virtual Reality Game

  • Moss
  • Fire Escape
  • ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission
  • Tetris Effect
  • Beat Saber
  • Firewall: Zero Hour

Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game

  • Celeste
  • Dead Cells
  • Finding Paradise
  • Donut County
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Into the Breach
  • Gris

Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game

  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Tetris Effect
  • Fallout 76
  • Chuchel
  • Far Cry 5

Statue of Liberty Award for Best World

  • God of War
  • Minit
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Far Cry 5
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey

Herman Melville Award for Best Writing

  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • God of War
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1: Roads

Raging Bull Award for Best Fighting Game

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2 Collection
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Diablo III (Nintendo Switch)
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game

  • Christopher Judge as Kratos in God of War
  • Sunny Suljic as Atreus in God of War
  • Laura Bailey as MJ Watson in Spider-Man
  • Roger Clark as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Cali Elizabeth Moore as Abigail Roberts in Red Dead Redemption 2

Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism

  • Anshuman Iddamsetty for his article in The Outline: How Video Games Demonize Fat People
  • Jeremy Young for his Donkey Kong forum inquiry which wiped out Billy Mitchell’s long standing high scores.
  • Megan Farokhmanesh for her story in The Verge: Toxic Management Costs An Award-Winning Game Studio Its Best Developers
  • Kirk Hamilton for his story in Kotaku: Real Guns, Virtual Guns, And Me
  • Giri Nathan for his story in Kotaku: The NBA Really Wants You To Watch People Play A Basketball Video Game
  • Ed Smith for his story in Bullet Points Monthly: Far Cry 5’s Hyper-Videogamification
  • William Audureau, Maria Kalash, Mathilde Goanec and Dan Israel (reporting jointly) for their story in Media Part: Les errements de Quantic Dream, pépite française du jeu vidéo (note: not safe for work photos in article)
  • Cecilia D’Anastasio for her story in Kotaku: Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games
  • Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Aaron Krolik and Michael H. Keller (reporting jointly) for their story in The New York Times: How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Circle members are not eligible for the award, and they can’t vote on a staff belonging to their respective outlets. The award is open to all who have participated in video game journalism during the awards year. The work can be a feature, editorial, criticism, news report, review, preview, etc.

Tickets for the 8th Annual New York Game Awards are now available and cost $22 each. Those who attend will receive four free games, watch trailer premiers and attend the after party. Earnings from ticket sales will go back into the non-profit organization which helps mentoring, scholarships and workshops in New York City.

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