Students and faculty celebrated another year’s worth of impressive student game projects last Friday with the presentation of the annual DigiPen Game Awards. The awards were presented by category to the best student games of 2015 created at DigiPen’s Redmond, Washington, campus.
Top honors went to the fantasy-themed junior game project Chronomancers, winner of the Claude Comair Grand Prize for Game of the Year. In that game, four players team up as band of misfit wizards to defeat a series of raid-style bosses.
Runners up for Game of the Year included the senior project Relic, an ambitious 3D action-adventure game developed by a team of 25 students, and Shadow Tag, an innovative 3D shooter created as a solo project by game design student Griffin Dean.
This year’s awards also introduced some new categories, including the Wingman Award, given to the game with the most second-place category finishes without a first-place prize, as well as the Community Service Award. The latter award went to the students of Project Asclepius for their game project Lord of the Bats.
Congratulations to all the students on their amazing projects! Look for these and many more games to appear soon in the DigiPen Game Gallery.
Claude Comair Grand Prize for Game of the Year — Chronomancers
2nd Place — Relic
3rd Place — Shadow Tag
Most Innovative Design — Shadow Tag
Most Addictive — Shadow Tag
Most Poetic Experience — girl, i see right thru u
Best Music — Dischord
Best Spoken Dialog — Relic
Best Sound Design — Dischord
Best Multiplayer Experience — Shadow Tag
Best Artificial Intelligence — Chronomancers
Best Characters — Relic
Best Physics — Chronomancers
Best Graphics Technology — Dischord
Best 2D Visual Design — Book of Dreams
Best 3D Visual Design — Chronomancers
Best Technology — Chronomancers
Best Freshman Game — Super Orc Puncher!
Best Sophomore Game — girl, i see right thru u
Best Junior Game — Chronomancers
Best Senior Game — Shadow Tag
Best Masters Game — Cardboard Kingdom
Wingman Award — ÆON
MJ Quigley Award for Exceptional Contributions to Game Projects — Justin Jacox, Michael Pitaniello, and Grey Davenport
Community Service Award — Lord of the Bats