YINSH amongst the nominees for "As d'Or"
To avoid misunderstandings: "As d'Or" means as much as "Golden
Ace". The list with nominees for As d'Or in France is what the
Auswhalliste for Spiel des Jahres is in Germany. As d'Or has not the
same international radiation as the Spiel des Jahres competition,
but hey, there's a lot going on in France. And it may well be that
the French will eventually catch up with Germans. The many good French
sites that deal with games are proof of that; take a look at Tric
le gars, and Jeuxsoc.
But an even better example of the way they approach games is the organisation
behind the As d'or Awards. The competition is kind of an initiative
of the city of Cannes - you know, the city where all these big festivals
take place. Each year, in February, there's also a games
festival in Cannes. It takes place in the "Palais des
Festivals et des Congrès" and it is 100% free - read:
fully supported and completely financed by the city. It is presented
to the public as a cultural event and it's aim is to make more people
aware of the fact that playing a good game is fun, joyful, satisfying,
and, on top of that, a cultural act, just like reading a book, watching
a movie or going to an exibition. The people behind this games festival
are the same as the ones behind the organisation of the As d'Or competition.
Well, competition may not be their favourite word. Nadine Seul, one
of the leading persons, looks at the list with nominees as a good
way to come to a convincing selection of games. With these games they
will have over 80 activities all over France in the course of 2004
to promote the act of gaming. Wow. If that is the aim, I can only
stress that we are *very* happy to be amongst the nominees.