GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival powered by Nottingham Trent University has announced the shortlist for the second GameCity Prize, an award that aims to celebrate videogames as a cultural artform. From journeys of self-discovery through ancient landscapes to the fun-filled adventures of Super Mario; the pleasures and horrors of love to a digitally-enabled playground game set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, this year’s shortlist covers a diverse array of work.
The seven strong list has been selected by an anonymous academy of industry experts from a longlist of eighteen titles released in the past year. The winning game will be selected by leading figures in their own creative fields including art, broadcasting, comedy, design, fashion, film, literature and music. Chaired by the film maker Lord Puttnam, they are: Lucy Kellaway, columnist with the Financial Times; comic artist and writer, David Gibbons; UK designer Wayne Hemingway; award winning journalist and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed; writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun; the actress Louise Brealey; actor, writer, singer, comedian and novelist, Charlie Higson and BBC Radio DJ and television presenter, Jo Whiley.
The full of shortlisted videogames is shown below. The GameCity Prize was created and launched as part of GameCity6 in October 2011. Minecraft, the open world building title from Mojang founder Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, was the inaugural winner. The winner of the 2012 GameCity Prize will be announced on the 24th October and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details.
The full shortlist for the GameCity Prize:
Catherine – Atlus Persona Games
Fez - Polytron
Johann Sebastian Joust – Die Gute Fabrik
Journey – thatgamecompany
Mass Effect 3 – Bioware
Proteus – Ed Key and David Kanaga
Super Mario 3D Land - Nintendo EAD