Thursday, January 28, 2016

Whose Gonna Win in Games at Annie Awards 43

The animation industry's Annie awards are taking place early next month. Each year the award show amazes at its strange proceedings of things going wrong or strange behavior...or just the results and nominees. TTDILA loves the award show and that almost every year we attend the award winners in the video game category forget to show up to pick up their award.

This year the choices in the category of Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game are very strange again.
  • Armikrog - Pencil Test Studios, Inc. - Lead Animator: Mike Dietz Character: All Characters
  • Evolve - 2K Games - Character Animator: David Gibson, Character: Daisy, Goliath, Kraken
  • Invisible, Inc. - Klei Entertainment Inc. - Character Animator: Bruce Chang, Character: Decker, Central, Nika, Guards
Armikrog is a puzzle solving PC game coming from the creator of Earthworm Jim. The look is done in claymation, giving it an aesthetic that does stand out among current titles.

Evolve is a multiplayer game that work better as a concept. From some of the people who gave us Left 4 Dead comes a game where you could fight monsters or plays as a monster and evolve to kill those hunting you. We got sick of it quite quickly.

Invisible, Inc. is a stealth game. I haven't heard much buzz about it, but it's in positive standing on Steam. It does have an eye capturing look and sense of style that I think will be overlooked when people see big monsters.

Easily, Evolve will win as it probably has the most name recognition and looks the newest. We doubt 2K will attend or the other two nominees will. And as always we will like watching how the presenter handles it.

There's a list of other categories to check out, were hoping for Moonbeam City for Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production, but know it has very little chance.

Ugg, the animated movies this year are just...ehhh.

Adventure Time is up for only one thing, but it was one of it's worst seasons last year. Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Adventure Time - Episode: The Diary - Cartoon Network Studios - Writer: Kent Osborne, Writer: Pendleton Ward, Writer: Jack Pendarvis, Writer: Jillian Tamaki, Writer: Adam Muto

The 43rd Annual Annie Awards will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. The award ceremony begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. Sadly, VIP tickets are sold out for the before and after-party. You can still attend the ceremony or watch the live stream.