The Official Selection for the Extra Credit Innovation Awards

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The Official Selection for the Extra Credit Innovation Awards

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Check out the games vying for the Extra Credit Innovation Awards that will be exhibited in the Extra Credits Awards Theater @ LOGIN 2011.

The Extra Credit Innovation Awards were developed to recognize and celebrate the most creative and cutting-edge developments in games. The games will be on display throughout the day on May 17 at LOGIN 2011 in Bellevue, Washington in the Extra Credits Awards Theater, and the awards ceremony will take place that evening. LOGIN is offering discounted tickets so you can exclusively experience all of the events taking place at the Extra Credits Awards Theater, without having to pay for the entire conference. To learn more about Extra Credits @ LOGIN, click here.

And the Nominees are:

Innovation in Game Design

Innovation in Narrative Delivery

Most Unbelievably Awesomely Fun

Genre Buster Award

Positive Impact Innovator

LOGIN Special Award for Innovation in Multiplayer

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huh, i'd never heard of Q.U.B.E. before but now im intrigued and A Flippin Good Time was aptly named. Still surprised by the complete absence of AAA games

Seeing Mount and Blade Warband up there for unbelievably awesomely fun makes me happy.

Also, for a second I thought Root posted this...

Interesting lineup. I'll need to look into some of those titles.

Also, points awarded for not having Minecraft as a nominee.

go magika! fantastic game that feels like a steal for 10 bucks. fun as hell

Is it bad I've only heard of 3 of those games?

Kelly Helder:
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EDIT: I'm getting a '404 Error: File Not Found' on the 'A Flippin Good Time' link : (

uguito-93:
Still surprised by the complete absence of AAA games

I'm not, given how often someone at The Escapist points out how AAA titles too expensive to afford the risk of serious innovation. (Which is an observation I agree with, by the way.)

plugav:

uguito-93:
Still surprised by the complete absence of AAA games

I'm not, given how often someone at The Escapist points out how AAA titles too expensive to afford the risk of serious innovation. (Which is an observation I agree with, by the way.)

I would have to agree with this. Occasionally you get a good AAA game, but a lot of them are kinda... meh.

Seeing SpaceChem up for two categories makes me a happy chemist.

Regarding A Flippin' Good Time: christ, what a ripoff of VVVVVV that looks like.

Speaking of innovation, that list itself doesn't seem so innovative, with the number of reuses going on for some titles.

Kakashi on crack:

plugav:

uguito-93:
Still surprised by the complete absence of AAA games

I'm not, given how often someone at The Escapist points out how AAA titles too expensive to afford the risk of serious innovation. (Which is an observation I agree with, by the way.)

I would have to agree with this. Occasionally you get a good AAA game, but a lot of them are kinda... meh.

gotta say that thats almost always true, but i thought we would at least get one in the fun category (obviously not in the others)

Unfortunately I don't play any of those. A game doesn't need to be totally original to be good but I'm sure they deserve their awards.

my vote is for magicka

Magicka made the list? That games complete crap. Its nothing new at all.

More proof that Extra Credit needs to be taken very lightly.

Kelly Helder:
Positive Impact Innovator [ul]

  • Terrorist Killer
  • I've never heard of this, but I'm assuming it doesn't do exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin if it's being nominated by EC.

    I see Amnesia up there. Would that be Amnesia: the Dark Descent?

    *wanders off to google*

    some (lots) of the links are broken

    Selvec:
    Magicka made the list? That games complete crap. Its nothing new at all.

    More proof that Extra Credit needs to be taken very lightly.

    If I may ask, sir, why do you find Magicka to be crap? When you say it's nothing new, where have you seen specific design elements in it before?

    Also I must point out that "it's crap" is a universal claim as to the quality of a thing. Magicka clearly isn't universally crap due to the fact that I and others enjoy it. Perhaps what you meant to say is something along the lines of "I found it to be crap", meaning that your statement is your own opinion.

    Positive Impact Innovator

  • Terrorist Killer
  • Interesting...
    Is this game accurately described by the title, or is there more to it? For the sake of my faith in EC, I certainly hope that it's the latter. :P

    Really surprised to see that . . . But that was yesterday didn't get a nod for narrative.

    Selvec:
    Magicka made the list? That games complete crap. Its nothing new at all.

    More proof that Extra Credit needs to be taken very lightly.

    I've had an awesome time with my friends on that game. It's hilarious.

    And are you kidding? Nothing new? I think you're talking about a different game here. I've certainly haven't seen anything like it.

    If this is Terrorist killer, then I have lost all faith in Extra Credits
    Link: http://mostplays.com/play/Terrorist_Killer_23174

    Otherwise the list is good. I like magicka.

    Fate of the World for narrative delivery?
    I bought that game and played through it a couple of times. Sure it was interesting to fiddle around with (albiet nothing I haven't seen before) but was there really narrative to speak of? Certainly there was a message, but message and narratives do not float in the same boat.

    Also, as a note:

    We could only include games that were submitted, so if a AAA company didn't submit we couldn't consider their game no matter how deserving it was.

    bastyaan:
    If this is Terrorist killer, then I have lost all faith in Extra Credits
    Link: http://mostplays.com/play/Terrorist_Killer_23174

    Otherwise the list is good. I like magicka.

    Oh god no. That's not it at all. I only have a link to the game maker file, but http://www.necessarygames.com/weblinks/goto/112

    Hope that clears things up ; )

    restoshammyman:
    my vote is for magicka

    Agreed, it got a bad rap for the multiplayer being unplayably buggy at launch, but that has been resolved. I would love to see it gain the reputation it deserves as an excellent game that is always forcing the player to innovate. Also its funny as hell and is approaching critical meme-mass. Theres an entire Monty Python chapter, an entire Star Wars chapter...

    Extracredits:
    Also, as a note:

    We could only include games that were submitted, so if a AAA company didn't submit we couldn't consider their game no matter how deserving it was.

    What was the variety of games like that were submitted?

    Magicka and A Flippin' Good Time look the most interesting to me.

    Selvec:
    Magicka made the list? That games complete crap. Its nothing new at all.

    More proof that Extra Credit needs to be taken very lightly.

    not new at all?
    name one other game that has the same combat system.
    or anything even remotely close to it.

    Well I'm going to take a look at all these games, that mount and blade looks awesome...Kinda like a total war game...

    Wow, the only games I actually know from that list are Magicka and Amnesia.

    Irridium:
    Seeing Mount and Blade Warband up there for unbelievably awesomely fun makes me happy.

    Me too. Granted, I haven't had much fun with With Fire and Sword yet, but I didn't have fun with Warband at first either, so hopefully, something will just click again.

    It probably doesn't qualify, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the "Must Unbelievably Awesomely Fun" (I think that's a typo, BTW. Seems like "must" should be "most") heading was Saints Row 2. I don't care if it's totally mindless: spraying sewage all over half the city and then running around flashing everyone is loads of fun.
    Anyway, I should check out those three games that did get into that category out. I do play games first and foremost to be entertained, after all. So games that are described as "unbelievably awesomely fun" sound like games I want to play.

    Speakercone:
    If I may ask, sir, why do you find Magicka to be crap? When you say it's nothing new, where have you seen specific design elements in it before?

    Also I must point out that "it's crap" is a universal claim as to the quality of a thing. Magicka clearly isn't universally crap due to the fact that I and others enjoy it. Perhaps what you meant to say is something along the lines of "I found it to be crap", meaning that your statement is your own opinion.

    *sigh*

    His statement already was his own opinion. Unless the thing being discussed literally is feces, we already know that a statement claiming something to be crap is an opinion, because he can't prove that the game is crap any more than you can prove it's not crap. And we can infer from context that it's his own opinion and not somebody else's because he's the one who posted it.

    Next time, just agree politely instead of trying to make everyone you disagree with post redundantly. Or at least quote people who say things like "go magika! fantastic game that feels like a steal for 10 bucks. fun as hell" and tell them to change the way they post as well (even if you agree with them), because the only difference between those two statements is one person liked the game and the other didn't. But both opinions are presented exactly the same way, and only giving the person you disagreed with grief over the way they wrote their opinion is quite unfair.

    Glad to see Mount and Blade on here. I was worried that I was the only one who played it.

    MAGICKA! MAGICKA!

    Great to see love for that game, co-op in it is BRILLIANT. Funny scripts and voice actings, serviceable models. and some impressive particle effects.

    LOVE IT.

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