The New York Videogame Critics Circle is hosting the 8th Annual New York Game Awards, and along with honoring the best in video games, the Awards will also honor journalists’ best video game writing by awarding the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism, on January 22 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. The New York Game Awards ceremony is hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where attendees will receive four free games.
Presenting the award this year is Chris Suellentrop, the former New York Times video game critic, and now the senior editor for Politico Magazine. Chris also hosts the Shall We Play A Game podcast.
“The Knickerbocker Award has become one of the most anticipated New York Game Awards,” says journalist and New York Game Awards founder Harold Goldberg. “Nick Capozzoli, our journalism team chair, works all year to choose potential nominees. His team whittles down the many possibilities for our general membership to decide upon. It’s a difficult task, because this year has been particularly good for games journalism.”
The Nominees for the 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
The Knickerbocker Award for best in games journalism is open to anyone who has created a journalistic work on the topic of video games during the awards year. Eligible works include, but are not limited to, features, editorials, criticism, news reports, reviews and previews; written, audio, illustrative and video works are all eligible. Circle members are not eligible for the award, nor can Circle members cast a vote for staff at their respective outlets. No prize (financial or otherwise) is associated with the award beyond the New York Game Awards Trophy.
Tickets are now on sale now for the eighth annual New York Game Awards. With the purchase of a $22 tax deductible ticket, attendees will be entertained with live music and comedy from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, watch trailer premiers, meet the world’s greatest game makers and hang with the Legend Award winner herself at the after party. What the New York Videogame Critics Circle earns from ticket sales go directly back into the non-profit organization to help with mentoring, scholarships and workshops in New York City. Additionally, all attendees receive a free gift.
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About the New York Videogame Critics Circle
Based in New York City, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the need for community in the oftentimes cut-throat world of journalism. This multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in New York City. Members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle give back to their communities with programs like the DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx, NY, offering mentoring, internships, lectures, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underprivileged students. The organization also works with The Abrons Arts Center, part of the Henry Street Settlement. There, they hold the annual New York Game Awards, teach courses and bring games and education to community events. They also mentor seniors at O.A.T.S., Older Adult Technology Services, at their tech center in NYC.
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