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KLDC 2021 - JUDGES' CHOICE AWARDS
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INTRODUCING: THE 2021 KAIZO LEVEL DESIGN CONTEST JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS



First, a quick expression of gratitude from myself and the judges - it has been a very involved few months for all of us outside of Super Mario World, before even considering how strong and demanding the overall entry pool of levels was. Thank you all for your patience as we put the final touches on the full scoresheet, and I promise you the full results are coming soon.

Individual judges are encouraged to talk about their scores and their favorite levels once the contest is over and results are posted. This year, while judges were discussing their plans to do just that, we found a common desire to showcase levels in ways that didn’t fit the normal category of award or trophy, but that judges all agreed deserved to be mentioned in some way. Even though we designed our scoresheet to recognize overall level design, we can’t help but take stock of the work on things that we can’t directly assign points in our rubric and try to celebrate them.

To that end, all four judges decided to come together and create the JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDS. Think of it as a “shout-out” from the judges on something that otherwise wouldn’t have been mentioned in their comments.

A few clarifiers before we reveal:
  • These awards were determined by consensus of the judges
  • Awards were chosen on a purely qualitative bases - score was not a factor in the selection of these awards
  • Judges were free to submit as many categories and submissions for consideration as they wished
  • Individual judges are free and encouraged to recognize additional categories and levels of their own choosing as they see fit. These are just the ones that were consensus picks.


And now, presenting the 2021 KLDC Judges’ Choice Award recipients:



FAVORITE LORE
Recognition of the theory-crafting and worldbuilding behind the level


  • Nirv - JerryWest 60 Footer

  • Daizo Dee Von and Farolicious - Mario’s Spike Trek



FAVORITE BRAIN TEASER
Recognition of level design and creative efforts forcing the player to apply lateral thinking

  • MiracleWater - Gate Crashers

  • Lazy - 810TOXIN



FAVORITE BOSS
Recognition of creating an end-level fight of unique design and execution

  • Gutawer - Khizome

  • KevinM and Dogemaster - Extended Athletics



FAVORITE "WTF" MOMENT
Recognition of singular events within levels that demand attention and defy explanation

  • xHF01x - Not Cataclysm

  • Heraga and TheBiob - Virtual Insanity



FAVORITE NON-LEVEL PRESENTATION
Recognition of excellence in title screen, overworld and credits design


  • MistaX88 - The Bee’s Knees

  • AmperSam - Brutalism, or...



THE POGYO AWARD
Recognition of excellence in unique usage of cape in kaizo level design


  • DJLocks - Flipper

  • idol - Hand of Metamorphosis



THE VALDIO AWARD
Recognition of excellence in introductory-difficulty kaizo level design


  • ShaoShao - Water Castle

  • FerpyMcFrosting - Mono No Aware

  • Kitikuchan - Wario’s Kaizo Mine



THE CHRISG___ AWARD
Recognition of excellence in intermediate-difficulty kaizo level design


  • elusive - Yellow Switch

  • CircleFriendo - Magic Library

  • FYRE150 - Filtration System



THE ft029 AWARD
Recognition of excellence in advanced-difficulty kaizo level design


  • FrozenQuills - the state of indiana

  • NerDose - Columnae Herculis

  • MDBattlefrog - Constellation



Congratulations to all of the recipients, and thank you all again for your hard work! Stay tuned for final results soon!

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Can we just make this a thing for all future contests? These are actually are a very nice way of highlighting very specific parts of entries that make them stand out, which isn't communicated (arguably at all) with actual results since it's very linear last place vs first place. I'm not saying results should be replaced with this, but the JUDGES' CHOICE AWARDS is a nice way of knowing entries are going the right direction.

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I agree with that. It highlights entries that are interesting for X Reason and I think that this is what The People want!
I'm honored in a strange way. This is pretty funny. I am glad to see "lateral thinking" celebrated.
I love it. Thank you for doing this!

I'm also honored to bring lore (sillines) into this contest #smrpg{haha}

P.D: Thank you judges and organizers, you are the real choice award.
Congratulations fellow contestants.

This is a nice detail. I'm excited to see the results soon.
Please bring those up more frequently!
This is a great way to highlight various entries from the contest. Just as many others have said here, I'd like to see these more in the future. However, if there were to be more of these down the road, I'd like the categories to be surprises.
love this presentation! Hope to see more of those videos in future!
tea! 🙊

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Congratulations to everyone who won a Judges' Choice Award!




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Congratulations to everyone who won an award! This was a cool idea.
CONGRATS TO ALL THE AWARDEES!!!


The Judges' Choice Award is a very cool idea and I can't wait to see how it goes not just for future KLDCs, but for other LDCs like VLDC, CLDC, OLDC, BLDC and beyond!
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