Graduate students of the Masters of Digital Media Program, SuYon Sohn, Bryant Davey and Liam Kelly won best “Student Video Game” for Deguiyu at Saturday’s Elan Awards. The Elans are an international awards show that recognizes and honours the best in Video Games, Animation and Visual Effects.
Deguiyu is the sole Canadian winner at this year's show which saw Left 4 Dead (Valve) take home Best Video Game of the Year plus three other awards and Hayao Miyazaki bestowed with a Lifetime Achivement in Animation Award.
Up against stiff competition, Deguiyu vied against fellow MDM student production The Booty Bandit and international nominees including Origamee Blue Skies a University of Abertay (Dundee, Scotland) and Number 6 Six Studios from Universitat Pompeu Fabra-IDEC (Barcelona, Spain).
Kelowna based Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney Interactive) took home Best Mobile/Handheld Game. Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Big Fish Games) won Best Casual/Arcade Game. Tom Kenny, the Elan’s hardworking Emcee (and voice of Square Bob Sponge Pants) won Best Voice Over in an Animated Production (all genres). For a full listing of all Elan winners, please visit www.theelans.com
Deguiyu is an innovative ARG (alternate reality game), the first of its kind that blends web content and a console game (Xbox LIve's Community Games Platform). With an e-waste/information control back story, it’s part digital treasure hunt, conspiracy theory and multi-platform experience. True to ARGs, Deguiyu slowly unveils its narrative, clue by clue. The full Deguiyu expereince is only available to members of Microsoft’s Creator’s Club. However for a feel of this intriguing ARG, visit the Deguiyu website.