Bringing the 2012 Fantastic Arcade to a close, Dennaton’s superbly hyper-violent Hotline Miami was awarded the ‘Most Fantastic’ prize Sunday night, earning it one of the custom trophies above — a real world version of Cory Schmitz’s Fantastic Arcade cabinet, created by Austin’s own Ink It Labs with help from local art-toy studio Shinbone Creative. Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon also earned the festival’s Audience Award, after a weekend of open voting by Fantastic Arcade attendees.
Elsewhere, in an extra-special guest-appearance, Ultima creator, Portalarium founder and real-actual spaceman Richard Garriott handed out the top honor to Fantastic Arcade’s jury-voted top Adventure Time Game Making Frenzy game: Adventure Minute, created by Vlambeer’s JW Nijman and Kitty Calis. Garriott’s prize? A hand-crafted crossbow made by New World Arbalest‘s David Watson, the Austin-based bowyer who served as the inspiration for Ultima series character Iolo.
The full list of Fantastic Arcade 2012 awards for all spotlight games is below the fold, along with the top three winning entries of the Adventure Time Game Making Frenzy.
Most Fantastic Game to be Later Cited By the Mainstream Media As the Reason For a Mass Shooting / Most Fantastic: Hotline Miami by Dennaton
Most Fantastic Reason To Go Cross-eyed / Audience Award: Super Hexagon by Terry Cavanagh
Most Fantastic Temporal Distortion: Super Time Force by Capy
Most Fantastic Indeterminate Nationality Definitely Not Nazis: Luftrausers by Vlambeer
Most Fantastic Way to Learn That If You’re Ever Put In Charge of Anything Important, Everyone Will Die: FTL by Matthew Davis & Justin Ma
Most Fantastic Nutcracker: McPixel by SOS
Most Fantastic Grim Reminder of the Reality of the Military-Industrial Complex and The Effect Upon The Common Man: Unmanned by Molleindustria & Jim Munroe
Most Fantastic Adventure Time Games:
Adventure Minute by JW Nijman & Kitty Calis
Must Party Forever by One and a Half Beards