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New York Videogame Critics Circle Announces 2022 New York Game Awards Nominees

11th Annual New York Game Awards Will Now Take Place Virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2022) — The show goes on…line! The New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) revealed the nominees for this year’s New York Game Awards, while also confirming the 11th annual show will now be held virtually-only on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. 

“We really wanted to present our fans with a live show this year. However, for health and safety reasons, we are offering a virtual only show again in 2022. We are still absolutely thrilled about having the honor of acknowledging all the incredible work from developers and journalists in 2021,” said Harold Goldberg, president and founder, NYVGCC. “In addition to the list of nominees, we’re still hopeful that many will buy tickets to support our ongoing mission to provide awareness and mentorship for the video game industry, especially among underserved communities.”

Nominees for the 11th Annual New York Game Awards are:

  • Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year:
    • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
    • Deathloop
    • Dorfromantik
    • Halo Infinite
    • Life Is Strange: True Colors 
    • Metroid Dread 
    • Psychonauts 2 
    • Resident Evil: Village
  • Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game:
    • Before I forget
    • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
    • Death’s Door 
    • ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
    • Genesis Noir
    • Little Nightmares 2
    • Sable
    • Wildermyth
  • Herman Melville Award for Best Writing in a Game:
    • Chicken Police - Paint It Red
    • Life Is Strange: True Colors
    • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Persona 5 Strikers
    • Psychonauts 2
    • Resident Evil: Village
    • Strangeland
  • Statue of Liberty Award for Best World:
    • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
    • Chicken Police - Paint it Red
    • Exo One
    • Far Cry 6
    • Monster Hunter Rise
    • Psychonauts 2
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Resident Evil: Village
  • Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game:
    • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
    • Everhood
    • Far Cry 6 - Pedro Bromfman
    • Genesis Noir
    • Life Is Strange: True Colors
    • NBA 2K 22
    • Sable
  • Great White Way Award for Best Acting in a Game:
    • Erika Mori as Alex Chen - Life Is Strange: True Colors
    • Giancarlo Esposito as Antón Castillo - Far Cry 6
    • Maggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu - Resident Evil VIllage
    • Michael Mando as Vaas Montenegro - Far Cry 6 Vaas: Insanity
    • Ozioma Akagha as Julianna Blake - Deathloop
    • Sera-Lys McArthur as Thunderbird - North Star Rainbow Six Siege
  • Coney Island Dreamland Award for Best AR/VR Game:
    • Floor Plan 2
    • Mare - Quest
    • Ragnarock 
    • Resident Evil 4
    • Star Wars Pinball VR
    • Traffic Jams
  • Central Park Children’s Zoo Award for Best Kids Game:
    • Bowser's Fury
    • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
    • Death’s Door
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    • Miitopia
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • A-Train Award for Best Mobile Game:
    • Fantasian
    • Crash on the Run
    • Marvel Future Revolution
    • NieR Re[in]carnation
    • Pikmin Bloom
    • Queen Rock Tour
    • Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes
  • Freedom Tower Award for Best Remake:
    • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
    • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
    • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
    • Resident Evil 4 VR
    • Shadow Man Remastered
    • Super Mario 3D World
  • Captain Award for Best Esports Team:
    • Atlanta FaZe Clan (Call of Duty League)
    • EDward Gaming (League of Legends)
    • Natus Vincere a.k.a. Na’Vi (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    • Team Spirit (Dota 2)
  • Joltin' Joe Award for Best Esports Player of the Year: 
    • Chris "Simp" Lehr (Call of Duty for Atlanta FaZe)
    • Genki "Gen" Kumisaka (Tekken 7 for Donuts USG)
    • Lee "Scout" Ye-chan (League of Legends for EDward Gaming)
    • Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Natus Vincere)
    • Tyson "TenZ" Ngo (Valorant for Sentinels)
    • Xin "Leave" Huang (Overwatch League for Chengdu Hunters)
  • Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism:
    • Rebekah Valentine - Investigative reporting
    • People Make Games - Video series
    • Megan Farokhmanesh - Investigative reporting
    • Zoya Street - Essay
    • Renata Price - Reviews
    • Kirsten Grind, Ben Fritz, and Sarah E. Needleman - Activision/Kotick investigations

NYVGCC will contact ticket holders about refunds for the previously planned in-person show. While tickets are no longer on sale, interested supporters can donate to the NYVGCC and help fund ongoing programs for 2022. Additional donation information is also available at this link. By the way, the sale of 10 $40 tickets covers the cost of having 4 articles written by NYVGCC student interns.

The NYVGCC, a nonprofit promoting awareness of, and education for, video games, writing and journalism in the New York City area, hosts the annual award program to celebrate the industry and its creators from the past year, as well as the students that NYVGCC mentors, and the NYVGCC scholarship programs.

For more information on NYVGCC programs, as well as the New York Game Awards, please check out 

About New York Videogame Critics Circle

Based in Manhattan, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit multicultural organization comprised of 40 of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the nation. Members of the NYVGCC give back to their communities by providing scholarships, mentoring and community outreach to NYC schools students. The New York Videogame Critics Circle sees great benefit in advocating for those who are less fortunate.

NYVGCC offers opportunity beyond just the technical side of gaming to the larger creative impact of gaming careers that involve STEAM (STEM education and the arts). This is done by providing local and nationwide scholarships, mentoring, paid internships and community outreach to underserved NYC schools students, through partnerships with organizations and companies such as Rockstar Games, the DOE (NYC Department of Education), DreamYard Project, and the Bronxwork network of homeless residences. The non-profit collective was recently recognized by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for their positive charitable impacts with city youth, and will be further recognized for their efforts during the virtual awards show. Read more about the NYVGCC’s work here.

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For more information:
Mabel Chung
Zebra Partners on behalf of NYVGCC
[email protected]

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