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Posted: 4:09 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

SXSW announces Gaming Awards nominee list 

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"The Last of Us"
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"The Last of Us" is a survival horror game for the PlayStation 3 that takes place years after a pandemic has destroyed much of civilization. It is among the nominees for the first SXSW Gaming Awards, which take place on March 8.

By Omar L. Gallaga

This week, South by Southwest Interactive announced the nominees for its first SXSW Gaming Awards, to be held 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 in Dell Hall at the Long Center. The event is free and open to the public, though early entrance and preferred seating will be given to badgeholders.

Justine Ezarik (better known as iJustine) and Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox of SMOSHwill emcee the awards.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Game of the Year Award

"The Last of Us" – Naughty Dog 

"Grand Theft Auto V" – Rockstar Games

"Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag" – Ubisoft 

"Tomb Raider" – Square Enix Inc.

"Tearaway" - Sony Computer Entertainment America

"Super Mario 3D World" – Nintendo of America 

"BioShock Infinite" - Irrational Games 

"Gone Home" - The Fullbright Company


Excellence in Gameplay Award

"The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds" - Nintendo of America

"Super Mario 3D World"

"The Last of Us" 

"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" - 505 Studios



Excellence in Art Award

"BioShock Infinite"

"Rayman Legends– Ubisoft 


"Kentucky Route Zero" – Cardboard Computer, LLC 

"Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch" - Namco Bandai Games America Inc.


Excellence in Animation Award

"Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch"

"Super Mario 3D World"

"The Last of Us" 


"Tomb Raider"


Excellence in Technical Achievement Award

"Grand Theft Auto V"

"Antichamber" – Demruth

"The Swapper" – Facepalm Games 

"Super Mario 3D World"

"Papa Sangre II" – Somthin’Else 


Excellence in Narrative Award

"The Last of Us" 

"Gone Home"  

"BioShock Infinite"  

"Kentucky Route Zero" 

"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons"


Excellence in Design and Direction Award

"Grand Theft Auto V"


"Gone Home"  

"BioShock Infinite"  

"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons"


Excellence in Gaming Marketing Award

"Saint’s Row IV" – Deep Silver 

"Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag" 

"Ridiculous Fishing" – Vlambeer

"Call of Duty: Ghosts" – Activision (

"The Stanley Parable" - Galactic Café (


Excellence in SFX Award

"Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs – The Chinese Room" -- Frictional Games

"Battlefield 4" – Electronic Arts

"Grand Theft Auto V"

"Forza Motorsport 5" – Microsoft

"The Last of Us"


Excellence in Musical Score Award

"Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch"

"BioShock Infinite"  

"The Last of Us"


"Tomb Raider"


Convergence Award

"LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

"Injustice: Gods Among Us" - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

"The Last of Us"

"The Wolf Among Us – Episode One: Faith" - Telltale Games

The Walking Dead: Season Two – Episode One: All That Remains -Telltale Games (


Cultural Innovation Award

"Papers, Please" – 3909 LLC

"Gone Home"  

"BioShock Infinite" 

"Year Walk" – Simogo

"Guacamelee– Drinkbox Studios 


Best Multiplayer Game Award

"Battlefield 4"

"StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm" – Blizzard Entertainment

"DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients 2)" – Valve 

"Super Mario 3D World"

"Call of Duty: Ghosts"


Texas Arts Achievement Award

Arkane Studios

Galactic Café

Gearbox Software 

Semi Secret Software (

Bioware / Electronic Arts (

Devolver Digital


SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award (voted on by games on the SXSW Gaming expo floor)

"Extrasolar" – Lazy 8 Studios

"KAMI" – State of Play

"MirrorMoon EP" – Santa Ragione 

"Quadrilateral Cowboy" – Blendo Games 

"BROFORCE" – Free Lives 

"Drei "– Etter Studio 

"Gorogoa" -- Jason Roberts

"Tengami" – Nyamyam

"The Novelist" – Orthogonal Games

"Nidhogg" – Messhof LLC

"Rollers of the Realm" – Phantom Compass Inc. 

"Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party" – KnapNok Games

"Paper Sorcerer" – Ultra Runaway Games

"Mushroom 11" - Untame

"Ephemerid" – SuperChop Games

"Hermit Crab in Space" – Golden Ruby Games 

"CAVE! CAVE! DEUS VIDET: Episode 0" - We Are Müesli

"Lost Toys" – Barking Mouse 


"Framed" – Loveshack

"ibb & obb" – Sparpweed

"Secrets of Rætikon" – Broken Rules

"Doggins" – Brain&Brain

"Sully: A Very Serious RPG" – Breadbros Games

"Deck Around" – Deck Around

"Disorder" – Swagabyte Games

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