We’ve brought back
(and added some new ones)
Suitability of visual style · Consistency in visual language · Quality of game environment · Originality/creativity · Innovation · Technical skill · Quality of animation
Level design · Control systems · Innovation · UI/UX · Engagement factor
Quality of story · Coherence of story · Theme · Narrative design (how is the story delivered) · Ludonarrative consistency · Quality/consistency of dialogue
Quality of mix · Quality of sounds · Innovation in approach/technique · Accessibility
Thematic consistency with the story/overall design · Quality of music · Variety/uniqueness · Innovation in approach/technique · Immersion in the game environment · Music complements in-game events/plot
Narrative design · Level design · Sound design · Art/visual style · UX/UI · Technical excellence
Impact · Narrative design (if applicable) · Level design (if applicable) · Sound design · Art/visual style · UX/UI · Technical excellence
This award honours an individual who has helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to advocate for video games.
The Rising Star award honours an individual who have made significant contributions to the Australian Games Industry in the past 1 - 3 years. They have become invaluable members to the community, show great talent in their field, and are constantly working to facilitate a better games community.
This is a new award tied to this year’s GCAP. This award is for an individual within the community who has helped guide the industry in some significant way. This may be someone making great strides in mentorship, someone working in a games adjacent or supporting role, or someone forging a new path that will benefit the whole. Individual awards are nominated by the judging committee and selected by the GDAA. However, if you know someone who deserves recognition in line with these categories, please contact the GDAA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessibility · Representation · Cultural Significance · Technical