Revisiting the IGA Winners: A Geeklist of All the Histories/Reviews
A couple of years ago, I wrote histories and reviews of the Spiel des Jahres winners, as I detailed in this Geeklist.Recommend
A few months after I started that project, Greg Schloesser invited me to do a similar series on the International Gamers Award for Counter Magazine.
I've uploaded reviews through 2004 to BGG, and I've written through 2007. I do one entry each quarter for Counter. The series won't be completed for another three years (a daunting task when I think about it), but you can subscribe to the Geeklist if you might want future updates, or check out the series in Counter.
If you have anything to add to the game history, I'd love to see your comments below.
For those of you unfamiliar with the IGA, back in 1999, as the gaming craze that had started in Germany continued to spread around the globe, the Strategy Gaming Society and a prominent group of gamers founded The Gamers’ Choice Award. That award --- which is today called the International Gamers Award (IGA) --- rapidly grew to prominence, and today it is seen as one of the biggest prizes in gaming.
The initial efforts to found The Gamers’ Choice Award were led by Greg Schloesser, a prolific and influential game reviewer from the United States (and today the editor of Counter Magazine). The first awards were given in 2000, with the eligibility period spanning the previous calendar year. Three awards were given per year: one in a multiplayer category, one in a two-player category, and one in historical simulations. The award has undergone a few changes in the decade and half since, though the aims of the award remain the same. The name of the award changed to the International Gamers Award in 2003 after the jury separated from the Strategy Gaming Society. That same year, the jury switched the eligibility period from the calendar year to the fiscal year used by the German gaming market (July to June), awarding an extra multiplayer category award in 2003 to make up for the stub year. The jury ceased designating a historical simulation award after 2009. The makeup of the jury has changed over the years, but its membership still represents some of the most prominent gamers from around the globe.
The nomination and voting procedures are outlined on the jury’s website (http://www.internationalgamersawards.net/).
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