At the conclusion of IndieCade, the Red Carpet Awards celebrates the best of the selected nominees with a diverse set of awards that highlight everything from technological achievements, to design marvels, to the most well-received of the attendees. At this year’s ceremony, fourteen games were selected for the various awards.
Of these fourteen games, four were from the USC Games Family: Hyper Light Drifter, Infinit-O, Soundstage, and You Must Be 18 Years or Older to Enter, were selected as winners.
Hyper Light Drifter, a 2D action RPG designed by IMGD Alumni Theodore Diefenbach, received Jury Choice Award for it’s fantastic design and amazing gameplay. It is available on Steam, and should be played by everyone.
Infinit-O, an interactive experience engineered by IMGD Instructor Archie Prakash alongside the award winning artist Corazon Del Sol, received the Visual Design Award. The game uses dream-like vignettes to allow the player to explore the creative power of womanhood. More information about this amazing experience can be found here.
Soundstage, a unique virtual reality sandbox where you can play a variety of musical instruments in room-scale VR, was awarded the Audio Design Award. The game was designed by Logan Olson, M.F.A. graduate of IMGD. At USC, he began exploring room-scale with at the USC MxR with the assistance VR luminary Mark Bolas, before moving on to Disney Imagineering. Soundstage is his first independent project.
Last but certainly not least, You Must Be 18 Years or Older to Enter received the Media Choice Award. A secret look into the awkward world of a newly pubescent youth, the self-ascribed “looking-at-porn-for-the-first-time-as-a-kid-simulator” is one of the many games designed by M.F.A. graduate student James Earl Cox III. The game was made as part of his journey to create 100 games in five years. The game is free to play and download at https://seeminglypointless.itch.io/18orolder.
We’re so proud of all the games that were shown, and are thrilled that such a great time was had by all.