A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

Report article RSS Feed Dear Esther wins Best World/Story at IndieCade 2009

The cult Half Life 2 mod picked up the 2009 IndieCade International Independent Game award for Best Story/World at the ceremony in LA last night.

Posted by chineseroom on Oct 3rd, 2009

Writer/producer Dan Pinchbeck and composer/audio designer Jessica Curry from the mod development team thechineseroom picked up the award for Best Story/World for the 2009 IndieCade awards at Sony Pictures in LA last night. 

IndieCade, described by the LA Times as gaming's Sundance Festival, is one of the most prestigious independent gaming events in the world, and showcased some of the most innovative new games being made today. Pinchbeck said "The quality of the finalists was just amazing - there are some really fantastic games here and we can't believe Dear Esther was selected to win. The competition was really fierce, and so many other games could have walked away with the award and we'd have been happy for them to have taken it."

Dear Esther was the only mod selected as a finalist for the awards, which range from mixed-reality to iPhone apps. A full list of the finalists can be found at www.indiecade.com

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HounderKnight
HounderKnight Oct 4 2009, 1:55am says:

Well-deserved. Congratulations :D

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.Haru
.Haru Oct 4 2009, 4:10am says:

Congratulations :)

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Squiggers
Squiggers Oct 4 2009, 4:58am says:

Nice one guys, very well deserved. Thumbs up!

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c3lhas
c3lhas Oct 4 2009, 7:17am says:

Congratulations, and well done :)

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HandSolo
HandSolo Oct 4 2009, 8:56am says:

Wow amazing that a mod wins best world/story

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DazJW
DazJW Oct 4 2009, 1:42pm says:

Thoroughly-deserved, congratulations.

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Arvind
Arvind Oct 4 2009, 1:53pm says:

Congratulations, and keep the cool (and atmospheric) stuff coming!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Oct 4 2009, 1:57pm says: Online

Awesome guys. And congratz!

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wiredgear
wiredgear Oct 4 2009, 3:52pm says:

Well deserved. Congrats! I can see more awards in the near future.

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johnnoz
johnnoz Oct 4 2009, 10:00pm says:

awesome work guys!

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Projectionist
Projectionist Oct 6 2009, 7:33pm says:

Great news

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MRP_REMEDY
MRP_REMEDY Dec 4 2009, 9:06pm says:

Wouldnt expect anything less. This has and always will be amazaing

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