Event The ’16 Bit Awards

Playcrafting is proud to present The ’16 Bit Awards, a celebration of game developers! In partnership with Parsons, the New School of Design, this event will include the award ceremony, including musical performances, special guests and surprises. Refreshments and drinks will be served before and after the event while a number of games will be playable onsite too. Attendees will also receive free download codes for participating nominated games. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. Members of the press should email us here to confirm credentials and request a pass.


THE NOMINEESBEST PC/CONSOLE GAME 1979 Revolution: Black Friday by iNK Stories Ayo the Clown by Cloud M1 Blade Ballet by DreamSail Games Linelight by My Dog Zorro Little Bug by Buddy System Vidar by Razbury Games


BlitzKeep by Flint Games LLC Cognition by Lunafive LLC Justice Royale by Zapling Studios Letter Club by Simple Machine Muhammed Ali: Puzzle King by Cosi Productions Orbit – Playing with Gravity by HIGHKEY Games Where Shadows Slumber by Game Revenant BEST STYLE 1979 Revolution: Black Friday by iNK Stories Ayo the Clown by Cloud M1 Blade Ballet by Dreamsail Games Linelight by My Dog Zorro The Low Road by XGen Studios Peter Panic! by James Marion Slime-san by Fabraz BEST VIRTUAL REALITY GAME Kitty in the Box VR by Mokuni LLC Narcosis by Honor Code, Inc. SwingStar VR by Computerlunch Games Three Little Pigs VR by 1st Playable Productions Vistics by Dundee’s Games LLC Zombies Shall Not Pass! by Wengu Hu BEST STUDENT GAME Afterward by Supinfogame – Rubika Cat Commander Z by Subvert Software Cognition by Lunafive LLC DIRE by Foretell Studios Spin Cycle by Eric Teo & Emma Wang Witchualistic by EOS Interactive BEST TABLETOP GAME Complicated Board Game, The Card Game by offcut games Mr. Game! by Game Revenant Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea by Killer Snails Rhyme Antics by Calloway Creative Inc. Snippets by The Master Theorem Games THE RISING PIXEL AWARD This is a special award in recognition of a developer on the rise. The winner will be announced on the night of the event.

2016 GAME CHANGER AWARD RECIPIENTTed PriceTED PRICECEO & Founder, Insomniac GamesTed Price is CEO and founder of Insomniac Games, Inc. – an independent game developer with offices in Burbank, CA and Durham, NC. Insomniac has created several high profile franchises for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – including Spyro the Dragon (PS1) , Ratchet and Clank (PS2, PS3 & PS4), Resistance (PS3) and Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One). So far in 2016 Insomniac has released four games for various platforms including Ratchet & Clank (PS4), Song of the Deep (PS4/Xbox One/PC), Edge of Nowhere (Oculus Rift) and Feral Rites (Oculus Rift). The Unspoken, Insomniac’s third Oculus Rift game and fifth game for the year will be released in December, 2016. The company is currently working on an original Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4. Insomniac’s console games have sold over 45 million units worldwide since the company’s inception in 1994. Ted Price is being honored not only for his contributions to game development and the industry as a whole, but for his award-winning leadership. Insomniac has won numerous local, state and national workplace awards for the unique culture that he has helped cultivate. Ted directs the company’s strategic planning and day-to-day business as well as contributing to its projects. He is also the vice chairman of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

YOUR HOSTMark VigeantMARK VIGEANTComedian & Writer, Upright Citizens BrigadeMark Vigeant is a comedian, writer, director, and performer in New York City. His work has been featured on The A.V. Club, Fusion, Nerdist, The Huffington Post, and Funny or Die. He is currently a writer/actor at the online comedy channel Seriously.TV. You can watch him live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in OSFUG: The Fast F***in’ Sketch Show, which The New York Times lauds as a “…fantastically popular, frantically paced show.” His group, The Trumpet Boys, also enjoyed an eight-month run at the theater. Both groups have performed across the country at festivals including the San Francisco Sketch Fest, Austin Sketch Fest, and Boston Sketch Fest. Mark is the co-author of a comedy book of Dad Poems, Leaves of Grass I Trimmed With My Mower. He is also an active member of the Story Pirates, a non-profit theatre group that turns kids’ original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals. In the summer of 2016, Mark launched The Mark Vigeant Web Ring, a growing collection of web site parodies that each appeal to a different type of Internet user.

PRESENTERSKurt BiegKURT BIEGCEO & Founder, Simple MachineBrian CrecenteBRIAN CRECENTEExecutive Editor, PolygonJane FriedhoffJANE FRIEDHOFFGame Designer & DeveloperSusanna PollackSUSANNA POLLACKExecutive Director, Games For ChangeAlex VlackALEX VLACKVP Creative, EkoGerard WilliamsGERARD WILLIAMSHot97’s Hip Hop Gamer


'16 Bit Awards - musicians(from left to right): Zac Zinger (music director, sax, electric wind instrument), Adam Neely (bass), Luke Markham (drums), Takafumi Suenaga (keyboard).

Music Director and Playcrafting instructor, Zac Zinger (composer for Street Fighter V), is leading our live jazz band for the night! The quartet will be playing popular hits from the games you know and love plus a couple special performances as we hand out trophies to games and developers you’re soon to know and love just as much. 

Check out the event details for their full bios!


For Attendees: 

You must register on Eventbrite. Please include the first and last name of all guests when you RSVP. Your name must be on the list to get past building security. A valid ID will be required for consumption of alcohol at the event.

Join us for the after party!ESCThirty-player multiplayer mayhem with beer and pizza at ESC! 9 East 19th Street, 8th Floor.




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