It’s been brought to our attention that N+ is up for some XBLA Awards:
This is awesome news, and we’re totally thrilled. Thank you Microsoft! It’s an honour to have been nominated, and we would love to win!
And that, dear readers, is where you come in. It’s that time again, time to Rock the Vote! Loyal N and N+ fans have a pretty solid history of vote-rocking: they’ve helped us win the 2005 Audience Choice award at the GDC for N, and the 2008 PopVox People’s Choice award for Best Console Game for N+ XBLA. And now, N+ fans with Xbox360s everywhere have the opportunity to help us win one of three awards!
Here’s how to vote (starting Tuesday March 3): http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/events/xblaawards/
Before we continue, we feel it’s very important that you understand we’re not asking you to vote for N+ if you feel there’s a better candidate for the award. By all means, listen to your heart. But if your heart is at all confused, we hope you’ll consider swinging the vote towards N+! 🙂
The awards N+ is up for are:
Best Original Game
Penny Arcade Episode 1
Age of Booty
Now, there’s no way we’ll win this award against huge hits like Braid and Castle Crashers. It’s phenomenal that N+ was nominated, and we really appreciate it, but the competition is just too awesome.
Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Here’s where we’re hoping to shine — N+ Co-op Multiplayer is one of our proudest achievements. It’s surprisingly fun: as gripping and frustrating as Single Player mode, but the addition of multiple players breathes new life into the gameplay and eases the frustration ever so slightly. Plus, designing levels for Multiplayer was extremely satisfying, and by all accounts they are super fun to play through. So we feel we have a good shot at this one!
The last award we’re up for is this:
Best Innovation in XBLA
Braid (time travel)
A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
N+ (level sharing)
Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)
It is a special honour to have been nominated in this category. We really appreciate that — it indicates to us that the value of our level sharing system is still apparent, even though it’s far from what we intended. That is heart-warming! However, there’s no way we’ll win against Braid. Come on, level sharing vs. time travel? No Contest.
That’s it! Congratulations to all the nominees, there are excellent games in each category and we know you voters have quite a task ahead of you.
If you enjoyed N+, please consider voting for us! It would mean a lot. Also, tell your friends!
Again, here’s the link with info on how to vote. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/events/xblaawards/