GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival, has today announced the shortlist for it's inaugural GameCity Prize. The Prize has been created to discuss, explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment, aiming to be the video game equivalent to the Mercury Music Prize or the Man Booker Prize for literature.

Here at Nintendo Life we feel that video games should be recognised better as an art form: they have a huge impact on our culture and therefore should receive better cultural recognition. GameCity Director Iain Simons said:

Video games are a £3 billion a year industry, offering a richly diverse set of experiences to an increasingly diverse group of people. The GameCity Prize seeks to celebrate, explore and include videogames as an important part of the mainstream cultural conversation. It seems like everybody’s playing, it’s time to get everybody talking.

The shortlist has been selected by an anonymous, international and gender-neutral academy of video game experts, drawn from within and outside the industry. The GameCity prize considers all video games released in a 12 month period, disregarding budget or genre, they are:

  • Minecraft (Mojang/ Mojang)
  • Ilomilo (Southend Interactive/ Microsoft)
  • Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (Superbrothers/ Capybara Games)
  • Pokémon Black (Game Freak/ Nintendo)
  • Portal 2 (Valve/ EA)
  • Child of Eden (Q? Entertainment/ Ubisoft)
  • Limbo (Playdead/ Playdead)

The winner will be selected by a diverse group of non-games specialists, each acclaimed within their own fields. The judges are Jude Kelly OBE (Chair), Artistic Director of the Southbank; Charlie Higson, actor, writer, comedian and novelist; Tom Watson MP, Labour MP for West Bromwich East; Nitin Sawhney, producer, composer and musician; James Crabtree, Comment Editor at The Financial Times; Ed Hall, TV presenter and screenplay writer; Francis Barber, one of Britain’s most distinguished actresses; You Me At Six, the contemporary rock band; and David Rowntree, best known as the drummer from Blur.

The winner will be unveiled at an exclusive award ceremony on Saturday 29th October as part of the GameCity festival, now in its sixth year.

Which do you feel is the stand out winner?