This year, Game Chef took place simultaneously in four languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, and English. Each of those language communities chose a 2013 winner.
After the winners were announced, all four were translated into a shared tongue, and an international committee of judges set to reading them. Finally, a 2013 World Champion is ready to be announced.
The four games were:
- Paper Tigers, a satirical game about political campaigning and untrustworthy finger puppets. English winner.
- Pulse, a game about traveling through time ripples to investigate the circumstances that led up to a single moment. Brazilian winner. (note: start on the last past, read backward.)
- inabsentia, a game about a single person returning to earth long after the human race left and other creatures took over. Italian winner.
- The Little Emotions Hunters, a game about children scouting for feelings and emotions in the countryside, and bringing them back to the emotionless adults who need them. French winner.
All four of these games are amazing and exciting. They each bring something compelling to the table. But our secret international judging cabal has finally settled on a world champion…
I’m so excited to try it, and get into some cerebral time-skipping investigations!
Whew! Another great year of Game Chef wraps up with the posting of the final judging results. Congratulations to the winner and everyone else who participated. Thanks for the biggest year of Game Chef yet! Special thanks also to Mike Holmes, who came out of retirement as Master Chef to share his wisdom one more time, and to our Italian counterparts—Giulia Barbano and Mario Bolzoni—for holding things down on the Italian-language forums. I’m looking forward to playing some of these games this coming summer!
Apologies for the delays, but Mike and I have finally gotten on the same page. I’m just editing our comments right now and will post them tomorrow. I would post them today, but it’s my 30th birthday and it just ain’t happening. We very much enjoyed reading all of the finalists and the winning game was both unanimous (crazy, right?) and a landmark for Game Chef in several respects. More tomorrow!
So I went ahead and ran the results of peer-reviewing and voting, despite still missing a couple votes. At this point, the remaining votes will either add a new runner-up or move a runner-up to a finalist, and we will deal with that when and if it happens (only a slight chance of either, I think).
Game Chef 2012 Preliminary Results
Congratulations to all participants and I look forward to begin reviewing the finalists with original Master Chef Mike Holmes. There’s a few games that didn’t make it to the finals that I want to look at too, because they caught my attention, but that’ll have to wait for now.
After a couple of debacles, we’re finally ready to officially kick-off peer-reviewing. One debacle is that the keyboard on my laptop stopped working, so I’m typing this on my girlfriend’s computer, whose “wireless” card has to be manually plugged into the router to get internet access.
The other debacle is that I avoided two problems related to chefs submitting multiple games but fell into a third, unanticipated trap. To quote the former U.S. Secretary of Defense, it’s always those “unknown unknowns” that get ya! Consequently, while nobody is assigned to review their own game, a few games have been assigned to be reviewed by the same person multiple times. If this happens to you, contact me (jaywalt, gmail) and we’ll work something out.
If you happen to be assigned the game of a close friend, or one that you assisted during the design process, there’s already active threads on both Story Games and The Forge for trading review assignments.
If you have any other concerns or issues, please let me know, but be patient! I still have to eat, sleep, and go to work like normal (I know, crazy, right?) and may not be able to address your problem immediately, especially due to my lack of a functional computer.