Six extraordinary games will compete this year for the GameCity Prize, an award which celebrates videogames as a cultural art form.
The shortlist and jury for the prize was announced today during a special event at Antenna in Nottingham, introduced by UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist, Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman and GameCity Director Iain Simons. The GameCity Prize winner will be revealed during the ninth annual GameCity Festival in Nottingham, taking place this year from 25th of October to the 1st of November.
Aiming to take their place alongside past winners Minecraft, Journey and Spaceteam, the shortlisted games are:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo EAD Group No.2/Monolith Soft)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Starbreeze Studios)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
The jury consists of excellent and interesting people eager to explore the creative potential of videogames from outside the worlds of specialist or hardcore gamers:
Samira Ahmed: (chair)Award-winning journalist and BBC broadcaster with a special interest in comics, Westerns and Science Fiction.
Darren Aronofsky: Academy Award-nominated Director of films including Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem For a Dream.
Jeremy Farrar: Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health.
Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter, musician and activist;
Gemma Jackson: Academy Award-nominated Production Designer and recipient of an Emmy Award for her work on Game of Thrones.
Lisa Pollack: Head of New Projects for FT.com, the online presence of The Financial Times.
The evening also revealed a selection of events scheduled for the October Festival. Hiroshi Inukais amazing installation Sports Time Machine will be playable for the first time ever in the UK. At a special event in Nottingham, Mike Bithell will unveil new elements of his highly-anticipated game Volume, and the Festival will climax on the final day with The Sheriff of Nottingham literally laying down the gauntlet in a challenge to the entire city.
The ninth GameCity festival returns 25 October – 1 November 2014.
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