Brandon Boyer

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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

Adventure Time Mega Mini-Boss Mission Gauntlet by Retora