Cactus’ Tuning wins $2,500 Nuovo Award at IGF

on March 12, 2010

“Noted independent developer Cactus [Jonatan Söderström] received the inaugural Nuovo Award for his abstract visual puzzle game, Tuning. The Nuovo Award honors “abstract, shortform, and unconventional game development which advances the medium and the way we think about games.”

The Nuovo Award was judged by a separate, smaller juried panel of notable game and art world figures, including previous IGF Innovation/Nuovo Award winner Jason Rohrer (Passage), Area/Code’s Frank Lantz, N+ co-creator Mare Sheppard, EA division head and art-game creator Rod Humble, and more.”

via IGF.com

“I’m not gonna take up time with ranting,” Cactus said. “I’m just gonna start the party tonight.” Soderstrom played a somewhat surreal music video, and left the stage without another word.

Once a healthy section of the audience started clapping to the beat, session organizer Phil Fish stepped up to the mic and said, “Hey, to everyone sleeping out there — dance party.”

Nobody started dancing, sadly.

via Destructoid

7 Comments

  1. I don’t think this sums up what he did when receiving the award on-stage. I hope someone had a video of it – it was hilarious.

  2. Just found it. Cactus is pretty far into it, but the whole thing is entertaining enough to watch anyway.

    http://gdc.gamespot.com/video/6253471/

  3. GMArcade says:

    The award is at the 30:00 mark.

  4. NessXX says:

    Cactus is epic. Really.

  5. Chronic says:

    His plan was to stand there for as long as possible before he was taken off the mic. But in the end he chickened out and said what he did. In all i found the speech rather funny and i think was the only real big laugh of the awards.

  6. [...] The award which is given to a game honouring “abstract, short-form, and unconventional game development” is has been awarded to a game made in Game Maker for the second year in a row. Last year Catcus picked up the prize with with Tuning. [...]

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