Award win for All the Delicate Duplicates

A cutting-edge experiential computer game that will be showcased at this year’s Festival has won a prestigious industry award.

All the Delicate Duplicates was named Best Experimental Game at the inaugural Game Design Awards in Dundee.

All The Delicate Duplicates is a single player first person narrative game that toys with the concept of time. Reality isn’t stable or linear here, but unfurls across a storyworld that bends, flexes and duplicates.

John, a computer engineer and his daughter Charlotte inherit a collection of weird objects from a mysterious relative, that oddly, neither of them can really remember anything much about. Eventually, John and Charlotte start to believe that the objects might be transforming their realities and memories…

Developed by Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell, and commissioned by The Space, the poetic, hybrid language Mezangelle forms a central part of the non-linear language in the game. It remixes the basic structure of English and computer code to create language where meanings are nested inside each other. Players will need to read; re-read; then re-re-read again in order to piece together the unusual truth behind ‘Aunt Mo’.

Mez said: “Andy and I are absolutely thrilled that All the Delicate Duplicates has won the “Best Experimental Game” award at the Dundee Game Design Awards. It’s fantastic to have such a hybrid work (combining both digital literature and an experimental game format) recognised through this award, which in turn boosts us even further to continue on with our AtDD Virtual Reality version that’s currently in development.”

The game has already received several honours for its design and conception, including the 2015 Tumblr International Digital Media Prize and was a finalist in the 2014 BBC Writersroom/The Space Prize for Digital Theatre. This year, the game was shortlisted for both the Judge’s Prize and the People’s Choice Award as part of the 2017 Opening Up Digital Fiction Competition.

A showcase of the game will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Institute, on Sunday 22 October between 3pm and 5pm. Tickets cost £4 and can be booked via this webpage.