I'm wondering what Awards there are within Australia, apart from those at the AGDC and AIE?
Overall awards in Games Development are not really big occasions, I mean even at the GDC in America the awards were very low key, with most people just coming up, going thanks and leaving. Plus there's not enough glitz and glamour at the awards, not like the Oscars and whatnot. I think that has something to do with the amount of female developers in the Industry, and the fact that everyone is dressed casually...
We don't pull the same kind of media exposure as hollywood trash does...so there's no point in having glitz and glamour! Still, I think recognising those in the industry that excel is very important, and awards will probably start showing up more often to reflect that.
I don't imagine that being uptight and 'superficially concious' has anything to do with the value of awards anyway!