2014 SXSW Gaming Awards Finalists

Listed below are all finalists for the 2014 SXSW Gaming Awards. With the exception of the finalists in the last two categories (the Texas Arts Achievement Award and the Gamer's Voice Award), all finalists below represent titles that were released in the calendar year 2013. Vote for your favorite of these games via the online ballot ASAP! Public voting runs until 11:59 PM CST on February 21, 2014. In addition to public voting, input from our industry judges determines the final winner in each of these 14 categories.

Also, be sure to attend the special ceremony at 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 8 at the Long Center to see which of the finalists in each of the categories below comes out as the ultimate winner. SMOSH and iJustine will serve as co-emcees for this fun-filled ceremony

Game of the Year Award
Awarded to 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies gaming excellence. These games represent the best in gaming achievement.

Excellence in Gameplay Award Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in gameplay mechanics. These games are amongst the most memorable and fun; the cream of the crop.

Excellence in Art Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in art. These titles are beautiful, engaging, and visually amazing.

Excellence in Animation Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in animation.

Excellence in Technical Achievement Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in technical achievement.

Excellence in Narrative Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in game narrative.

Excellence in Design and Direction Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in design and direction.

Excellence in Gaming Marketing Award
Awarded to 2013’s most memorable marketing campaign for a game title or hardware or company.

Excellence in SFX Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence game sound effects.

Excellence in Musical Score Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it is used to progress the narrative of a game.

Convergence Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence and pure crossover appeal through multiple mediums.

Cultural Innovation Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that most challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character or gameplay.

Best Multiplayer Game Award
Awarded to the 2013 indie or mainstream game that exemplifies excellence in multiplayer gaming.

Texas Arts Achievement Award Annual award a Texas-based studio or company for their achievements in game development, and its role in progressing game development awareness in Texas.

SXSW Gamer’s Voice Award
Awarded to the favorite indie game in the Indie Corner Showcase, by gamers on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor