A computer game originally created through a AHRC research project has won in six categories at an industry awards ceremony. Dr Dan Pinchbeck and his studio thechineseroom from the University of Portsmouth, has won the TIGA awards.
Dr Pinchbeck from the School of Creative Technologies said “It’s really unusual for a game of this nature to have won so many awards. We’re very pleased with the product, which was originally an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project for the University of Portsmouth. To have seen it grow into an award winning game has been a real journey.”
Dear Esther was developed from an AHRC Research Fellowship. In order to engage the right audience for a discussion about the nature of narrative in videogames Dr Pinchbeck didn't publish an academic paper: he made a game.
The game received awards for Best Action/Adventure Game 2012, Best Debut Game 2012, Best Visual Design 2012, Best Audio Design 2012, Originality Award 2012 and Best Start-up Business 2012.
The TIGA Awards are designed to celebrate creative and technical excellence and to commend business proficiency in the games industry. The awards highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation.
Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO said: “The TIGA Awards demonstrated the creativity and technical excellence of the UK games industry and highlighted some great examples of business professionalism in our sector. The awards have shown that the games development and digital publishing sector is one of our most impressive industries.”
1. A feature detailing he project: Dear Esther: An open letter for story telling in games.
2. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.