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The GameCity Prize Returns

Annual cultural award ceremony announces longlist nominations

Nottingham (25/09/12)– GameCity, the world’s best-loved videogame culture festival powered by Nottingham Trent University, today announced the longlist of titles nominated for the GameCity Prize 2012. The final shortlist will be announced in the coming weeks, with the award ceremony taking place on the evening of October 24th as part of GameCity7, October 20-27 th. For more details, to organise interviews or request a press ticket to the ceremony, please contact GameCity PR&Marketing Coordinator, Chris White chris@gamecity.org

Created to spark conversations about videogames outside of traditional channels and launched at GameCity6, the GameCity Prize received international recognition, with Markus‘Notch’ Persson’s runaway success Minecraft grabbing the inaugural gong.

Now with the Prize returning, GameCity has listened to the people and added a public consultation period to help inform the voting done by the secret Academy, resulting in the following longlist of nominations;

•? Bastion - Supergiant Games

•? Catherine - Atlus Persona Games

•? Contre Jour - Chilingo

•? Dark Souls - From Software

•? DayZ - Dean“Rocket” Hall

•? Dear Esther - thechineseroom

•? English Country Tune - Increpare Games

•? Fez - Polytron

•? Fifa 12 - EA Canada

•? Fingle - Game Oven Studios

•? Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik

•? Journey - thatgamecompany

•? Mass Effect 3 - Bioware

•? Proteus - Ed Key

•? Skyrim - Bethesda Game Studios

•? Spelltower - Zach Gage

•? Super Mario 3D Land - Nintendo EAD

•? Waking Mars - Tiger Style Games

The above list will be whittled down by the Academy to be announced in the coming weeks, and an esteemed jury of cultural commentators will debate the finalist ahead of the public announcement to be made during GameCity7, on October 24th.

GameCity Director and Prize creator Iain Simons said,“The amazing response from the mainstream media and creative communities last year proved that there was a real gap in the cultural calendar for a Prize like this. As with everything GameCity does, we try and engage as many people as possible in the conversation about videogames.

Creating the public consultation period gave fans of titles the chance to have their voice heard and this is reflected in the incredibly diverse collection of titles in our longlist.”

The jury consists of Lord David Puttnam (Chair), Dave Gibbons, Ekow Eshun, Charlie Higson, Louise Brealey, Lucy Kellaway, Samira Ahmed, Wayne Hemingway and Jo Whiley.

For more details regarding the Prize or to interview any of the jury or its creator, Iain Simons, please contact Chris White, chris@gamecity.org



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