A brand new award created to discuss, explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment.
GameCity are launching a prize of international significance. One that’s contemporary, esteemed and provocative – providing a mainstream entry point into videogame culture, and creating an annual benchmark for one of the most significant cultural forms of our age.
Juried by an esteemed group of non-games specialists, each acclaimed within their own fields, the GameCity Prize is a single award which forms the climax of the annual GameCity festival, now in its sixth year. The winner will be unveiled at an exclusive award ceremony on Saturday 29th October.
GameCity Director Iain Simons said, “I’m bored of the debate of whether games are ‘art’ or not – the question isn’t ‘if’ they’re interesting, but ‘how’ and ‘why’. The GameCity Prize is about videogames gaining cultural confidence and expressing their value in something other than financial terms. If games are worth almost £3 billion a year in the UK – then surely they’re worth thinking about too.”
This years finalists:
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Child of Eden
The 2011 Jury:
Jude Kelly OBE (Chair)
Artistic director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, Kelly leads the jury with a background in theatre, and as a longtime proponent of the power and importance of creative outlets in today’s society.
Actor, writer, singer, comedian and novelist, Higson has experienced every form of popular media, and first made his mark on The Fast Show before turning to writing with James Bond novels, and now teen horror. His latest novel, The Fear, is due to be released soon.
Tom Watson MP
Labour MP for West Bromwich East, Watson created Gamer’s Voice to champion the industry in the annals of parliament at a time when games were under intense media scrutiny. A long time supporter on a wide range of other technology based issues, and an accomplished Guitar Hero player.
Producer, composer, musician, Sawhney has won countless accolades, including MOBO and Ivor Novello awards, for his work combining jazz and electronica with Asian influences to great effect. He also created the music for Heavenly Sword, and more recently, Namco Bandai’s Enslaved.
Harvard University graduate, former Senior Editor at Prospect, a Policy Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and now Comment Editor at The Financial Times.
As much a pioneer as a presenter, Hall was at ground zero for some of the biggest changes in popular entertainment today, launching reality TV with Temptation Island and Celebrity Soccer Six. Also n accomplished screen play writer, you’ve probably seen him on former hits including X-Fire, Robot Wars’ Olympic spin-off, Techno Games, To Buy or Not To Buy and most recently as narrator on E4’s Meet the Parents.
Most recently seen playing Madame Kovarian in Doctor Who, Barber is one of Britain’s most distinguished actors. She has appeared in a huge range of film, theatre and television work, including Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Hustle, IT Crowd, My Family and many more.
You Me At Six
A musical tour de force, the contemporary rock band debuted with Take Off Your Colours and most recently Hold Me Down, their 2010 Top 5 Hit album. Winners of Best British Band at the Kerrang! Awards this year, the group are hoping their next album, Sinners Never Sleep, due in stores soon, can build on that success.
David Rowntree is probably best known as the drummer in the band Blur, who formed in Colchester in 1989, and went on to sell over 10 million records. Rowntree wasted his youth writing and playing games for various 80’s microcomputers, but is currently in the final year of his training to qualify as a solicitor. David spends his spare time campaigning for the Labour Party, and playing World of Warcraft.