Every year, the Game Developers Conference holds awards in celebration of excellence in games. There's the IGF (Independent Games Festival)—you can think of it as something similar to Sundance. There's also the Game Developers Choice Awards. The event was held today, and these are the winners.

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Independent Games Festival

Excellence in visuals art award: Kentucky Route Zero

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Nuovo award: Cart Life

Excellence in audio: 140

Excellence in narrative: Cart Life

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Excellence in technical excellence: Little Inferno

Best student game: Zinith

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Audience award: FTL

Excellence in design: FTL

Seamas McNally grand prize: Cart Life

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Choice Awards:

Best downloadable game: Journey

Best narrative: The Walking Dead

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Best visual arts: Journey

Ambassador of the year award:Chris Melissinos

Technology award: Far Cry 3

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Best game design: Journey

Best handheld/mobile game: The Room

Best audio: Journey

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Pioneer award: Steve Russell

Best debut game: {Subset{games}}

Innovation award: Journey

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Audience award: Dishonored

Lifetime achievement awards: Dr. Ray Muzyka, Dr. Greg Zeschuk

Game of the year: Journey