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- Eleventh Annual Independent Games Festival Announces Winners as …
- DC Cherry Blossom Festival soon in bloom
- Baton Rouge rocked the largest music festival in nation SXSW
Eleventh Annual Independent Games Festival Announces Winners as …
The winners were announced this evening at the eleventh Annual IGF Awards ceremony hosted by the Game Developers Conference(R) (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The IGF awards are often referred to as the Sundance Festival of the video game industry and offer both global exposure and over $50000 in cash prizes to each year’s winners. Previous breakout IGF award-winners include titles such as Braid Audiosurf Castle Crashers and World f Goo and this year’s awards saw 226 Main Competition entries from all over the world – and over 450 entries in total. ther IGF award recipients for 2009 include Amanita Design’s evocative adventure game Machinarium which took the Excellence in Visual Art Award and KranX Productions’ Musaic Box which won the Excellence in Design Award thanks to its cunning combination of music game and block puzzler. The first ever Innovation (Nuovo) Award honoring a title that advances the art of gaming went to Jason Rohrer’s two-player collaborative title Between while Digital Eel’s BrainPipe received the award for Excellence in Audio and Data Realms’ Cortex Command was recognized for Technical Excellence also picking up the Audience Award after receiving the largest share of thousands of public votes cast at IGF. com in recent weeks.
DC Cherry Blossom Festival soon in bloom
International Herald Tribune
capital becomes awash in a sea of pink. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off March 28 and runs through April 12 with more than a million visitors expected to stroll through the 3700 cherry trees that circle Washington's Tidal Basin and participate in a slew of festival events. Highlights of the celebration include a chance to explore a floating tea house and design your own kirigami structure — which is made of cut paper — as well as see a performance by Japanese sensation and Pittsburgh native Jerome White Jr. White known as Jero in Japan sings “enka” which he has likened to traditional Japanese blues says Maryssa Miller assistant to the cultural attache at the Embassy of Japan. White who is Japan's first black enka crooner grew up not only dancing hip-hop but also singing enka with his Japanese grandmother.
Baton Rouge rocked the largest music festival in nation SXSW
The first week of the festival which is held annually every Spring is devoted to film and interactive media while the second week is all about music. Although the first week is highly revered and saw larger numbers this year than in those past it is the week of music that truly sets the city on fire and is what has elevated the festival to iconic status. Known as one of the music capitals of the world South by Southwest helped propel Austin to the status of a music mecca. Since its inception in 1987 SXSW has grown from 700 registrants to nearly 12000.
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