AGS Awards

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AGS Awards
Awarded forOutstanding AGS games and game developers
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byAdventure Game Studio
First awarded2001
Websitewww.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/

The AGS Awards are a set of annual awards for video games made with the Adventure Game Studio (acronym AGS) engine to recognize the best graphic adventure games of the year as assessed by AGS video game developers and artists. The awards show celebrates the best developers and achievements in the AGS video-games community, and features top gaming choices by creators and artists. Categories for the awards may vary year from year but overall include Best Game, Best Writing, Best Animation, Best Voice Acting, Best Puzzles, Best Gameplay and Best Music.

History[edit]

The AGS Awards were founded in 2001 and are awarded annually to the best indie point-and-click adventure games of the year. Categories include Best Game, Best Writing, Best Animation, Best Voice Acting, Best Puzzles, Best Background Art, Best Gameplay and Best Music. The AGS Awards are an important barometer for indie adventure games, receiving regular international coverage by sites like Destructoid.,[1] Rock, Paper, Shotgun,[2][3] IndiesGames[4][5] and GameSetWatch.[6][7] Some winners have become immensely popular and commercially successful, such as Primordia by Wormwood Studios,[8][9][10] Resonance by XII Games[11] and Gemini Rue by Joshua Nuernberger.[12] Serving as a springboard for talent.

In 2006, the founders of the AGS Awards announced the nominees and winners on the website www.americangirlscouts.org. Playing into the communities running joke of claiming to be the American Girl Scouts.

In 2014, after considerable discussion and voting, the AGS Awards revamped the categories to reflect the community's increasing interest in variation.[13] Introducing a new category structure:

Overall awards: Best Game Created with AGS, Best Gameplay, Best Writing, Best Puzzles, Best Character. Category awards: Best Short Game, Best Demo, Best Non-Adventure Game Created with AGS. Sound awards: Best Music & Sound, Best Voice Acting. Technical awards: Best Background Art, Best Character Art, Best Animation, Best Programming. Committee decided: Lifetime Achievement, Best Innovation.

Competition Award History[edit]

The game developer with the most AGS Awards won in total is Benjamin Croshaw, with 19 awards won and totaling 44 nominations. The most awards won by any one game was 12 for Resonance.[14]

2012 Awards[edit]

In 2012, Resonance by Wadjet Eye Games won 12 AGS Awards. Setting a record for most AGS Awards ever won by a single game.

Award Winners[15][16]
Best Game Created with AGS
Best Gameplay
  • Resonance
Best Animation
  • Resonance
Best Music and Sound Effects
  • Resonance
Best Voice Acting
  • Resonance
Best Original Story
  • Resonance
Best Programming
  • Resonance
Best Player Character
Best Non-player Character
  • Ben Jordan Paranormal Investigator Case 8: Relics of the Past
Best Puzzles
  • Resonance
Best Short Game
  • ^_^ by Ben Chandler
Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
  • RAM Ghost [BAKE SALE 2012]
Best Dialogue Writing
  • Resonance
Best Character Art
  • Resonance
Best Background Art
  • Resonance
Best Demo
  • Captain Disaster in Death Has A Million Stomping Boots - Demo

2013 Awards[edit]

In 2013, Heroine's Quest by Crystal Shard won a total of 11 AGS Awards.[17] A month later the game was published on Valve Steam.[18]

Award Winners[19]
Best Game Created with AGS
Best Gameplay
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Animation
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Music and Sound Effects
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Voice Acting
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Programming
  • The Art of Dying
Best Player Character
  • The Bum
Best Non-Player Character
  • Educating Adventures of Girl and Rabbit
Best Puzzles
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Short Game
  • Time Stone
Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
  • The Art of Dying
Best Dialogue Writing
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Character Art
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Background Art
  • Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok
Best Demo
  • Troll Song - Verse One - Tech Demo

2014 Awards[edit]

In 2014, the RPG game Quest for Infamy developed by Infamous Quests won in 4 categories including "Best Gameplay" and "Best Puzzles". After the award ceremony, Infamous Quests announced they would be making a prequel and a sequel to the game.[20]

Award Winners[21]
Best Game Created with AGS
Best Gameplay
  • Quest for Infamy
Best Animation
Best Music and Sound
  • Quest for Infamy
Best Voice Acting
  • Blackwell Epiphany
Best Programming
  • Red Hot Overdrive
Best Character
  • Quest for Infamy
Best Puzzles
  • Quest for Infamy
Best Short Game
  • A Date in the Park
Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
  • Red Hot Overdrive
Best Writing
  • Blackwell Epiphany
Best Character Art
  • Blackwell Epiphany
Best Background Art
  • Blackwell Epiphany
Best Demo
Best Freeware Game Created with AGS
  • Mudlarks

2015 Awards[edit]

In 2015, Technobabylon won the most awards of all the nominees, taking home 9. Troll Song: Verse One - Completely Stoned won the Best Demo Awards at the AGS Awards 2015. This was the second time Troll Song has won an AGS Award for Best Tech Demo, with the original tech demo claiming the prize at the 2013 AGS Awards.[22] The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to indie developer Peder Johnsen "for his services with AGS archives, hosting and many other contributions over the years".

Award Winners[23]
Best Game Created with AGS
Best Gameplay
  • Technobabylon
Best Animation
  • Technobabylon
Best Music and Sound
  • Technobabylon
Best Voice Acting
  • Technobabylon
Best Programming
  • Rogue State
Best Character
  • The Jimi Hendrix Case
Best Puzzles
  • Technobabylon
Best Freeware Game Created with AGS
  • Camp 1
Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
  • Rogue State
Best Writing
  • Technobabylon
Best Character Art
  • Technobabylon
Best Background Art
  • Technobabylon
Best Demo
  • Troll Song: Verse One - Completely Stoned[24]

2016 Awards[edit]

The 2016 nominees were announced on February 6, 2017 via the official website. The game with the most nominations was Shardlight by Wadjet Eye Games with a total of 12 nominations, including Best Game Created with AGS. Wormwood Studio's Until I Have You was nominated in 9 categories and Tales, which won an AGS Award in 2014 for Best Tech Demo,[25][26] was nominated in 7 categories.

Award Winners[27]
Best Game Created with AGS
Best Freeware Game Created with AGS
  • Toffee Trouble in Creamville
Best Gameplay
Best Animation
Best Music and Sound
  • Kathy Rain
Best Voice Acting
  • Kathy Rain (Arielle Siegel, Shelly Shenoy)
Best Programming
  • Until I Have You
Best Character
  • Kathy Rain (Kathy Rain)
Best Puzzles
  • Kathy Rain
Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS
  • Until I Have You
Best Short Game
  • Toffee Trouble in Creamville
Best Writing
  • Shardlight
Best Character Art
  • Kathy Rain
Best Background Art
  • Shardlight

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Destructoid revies AGS Winners". Destructoid. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-04-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "AGS Awards 2010 down to finalists". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2017-02-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Point-click-Vote for the AGS Awards". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "In-Depth: The AGS Awards 2009". www.indiegames.com. 2010-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The 2012 AGS Awards". www.indiegames.com. 2013-03-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Adventurers get AGS Awards". gamesetwatch.com. 2006-03-03. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "AGS Awards 2007 Winners". gamesetwatch.com. 2007-02-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Primordia - Wormwood Studios interview". adventuregamers.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Primordia review". www.indiegamebundles.com. Retrieved 2013-01-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The 2012 AGS Awards". www.indiegames.com. 2013-03-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Brand-New Indie Game Resonance is the Best 1990s Adventure Game I’ve Played in Years" kotaku.com
  12. ^ "Gemini Rue review". PC Gamer. 2013-10-26. Retrieved 2013-11-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ AGS Awards 2014 Category Reshuffle Archived 2017-02-13 at the Wayback Machine Indie Game News
  14. ^ AGS Awards 2012 Results adventuregamestudio.co.uk
  15. ^ "AGS Awards 2012: The Full List of Video Game Award Nominees". adventuregamestudio.co.uk.
  16. ^ The 2012 AGS Awards indiegames.com
  17. ^ Heroine's Quest wins 11 AGS Awards www.indiedb.com
  18. ^ Heroines Quest now on Steam Archived 2017-02-12 at the Wayback Machine indiegamenews.com
  19. ^ "AGS Awards 2013: The Full List of Video Game Award Nominees". adventuregamestudio.co.uk.
  20. ^ Developer Infamous Quests Has Announced Two New Point-And-Click Adventures gamingonlinux.com
  21. ^ "AGS Awards 2014: The Full List of Video Game Award Nominees". adventuregamestudio.co.uk.
  22. ^ Troll Song wins AGS Award 2015
  23. ^ "AGS Awards 2015: The Full List of Video Game Award Nominees". adventuregamestudio.co.uk.
  24. ^ Troll Song wins AGS Award www.gamejolt.com
  25. ^ Best Demo crown for Tales Archived 2017-02-13 at the Wayback Machine www.indiegames.com
  26. ^ AGS Award - Best Tech Demo for Tales, 2014 adventuregamestudio.co.uk
  27. ^ "AGS Awards 2016: The Full List of Video Game Award Nominees". adventuregamestudio.co.uk.

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