It was announced today that 2004’s runaway Alternate Reality Game hit “I Love Bees” won the 2005 Webby Award for Best Games-Related website. The Webby Awards are the internet equivalent of the Academy Awards.
A complete list of the winners can be accessed at the Webby website. Congratulations to the entire 4orty2wo Entertainment Team behind I Love Bees! This award is well-deserved.
Recognition for Alternate Reality Games is continuing to build with yet more media-related awards and nominations announced this week.
Regenesis Extended Reality won the FITC Design & Technology Award for Convergence. The FITC is one of Canada’s largest annual new media festivals. You can check out all of the winners at the FITC 2005 Awards website. In addition, ReGenesis Extended Reality was nominated for a Canada New Media Award for a Cross-Platform Project, which is arguably one of the top awards in Canada. The Canadian New Media Awards will honour individuals and companies in 19 categories on May 30th in Toronto. Congratulations, Xenophile Media!
If you missed Regenesis when it originally aired, it’s been announced that Season I will be shown on Canada’s Global Television Network this fall, effectively exposing the series to a much bigger Canadian audience. Additionally, Regenesis is scheduled to air on the Sci-Fi Channel in the UK this summer. Whether or not a replay of the extended reality game will occur in conjuntion remains a mystery at this point, however.
As we previously reported, I Love Bees is up for a 2005 Webby Award, although its run for a People’s Voice Award seems to be undeservedly out of reach at this point. The Webby Award winners will be announced at a gala celebration on June 6th at Gotham Hall in New York City, while the People’s Voice Award winners will be announced on May 3rd.
With all the mainstream recognition ARGs have been getting lately, we can surely look forward to seeing more and more of them in the very near future.
The biggest Alternate Reality Game of the past year, “I Love Bees,” continues to gain major recognition with its just-announced nomination for a Webby Award! Time magazine and the New York Times call the Webbys â€œthe Academy Awards of the Internet.â€
“I Love Bees” is eligible to win two different awards in the â€œGames-relatedâ€ category â€” the official games-related award, and the â€œPeopleâ€™s Voiceâ€ awardâ€¦ which YOU can vote for!
Obviously, we here at ARGN would love to see ILB win this, but to be honest, we’d actually like to see it win the Peopleâ€™s Voice award even more than the official award. We think it’d be really great to show the world that the ARG communityâ€™s voice is loud and strong and bigger and badder than anyone elseâ€™sâ€¦ of course, we already know that because we heard you all singing over those payphones!! So letâ€™s show the rest of the web what we can do.
Voting in the 2005 Peopleâ€™s Voice Awards runs TODAY through April 29. VOTE NOW! Hereâ€™s how:
- Go to http://pv.webbyawards.com/ and click on the â€œRegister nowâ€ button.
- To ensure integrity of the vote, all voters must register. The process takes about 30 seconds (fill out the form). Then youâ€™ll receive a voting link and password via email.
Note: Voters can choose to vote in just one, or some of, or all of the categories. Itâ€™s fine, for instance, to just vote in the â€œGames-relatedâ€ category, which is the “I Love Bees” category.
Extra fun: There is an â€œinstant pollâ€ in voting that gives you the current standings for each site after you vote. We really need to get OUR votes in ASAP so that ILB looks like a contender, and so that other voters are more likely to spread the word. (Right now, ilovebees is in 3rd place out of 5â€¦ how long will it take ILB players to push it to #1? Hmmmâ€¦ letâ€™s find out!)
So what are you waiting for? Go vote!