Minecraft upstages Portal 2 in arty game prize
Who would have guessed that Minecraft is a work of cultural and artistic significance? Thank goodness we have the judges behind the inaugural GameCity Prize to tell us.
The Prize was announced this weekend at GameCity, a Nottingham-hosted event that is apparently "Europe’s biggest annual videogame culture festival".
Event and Prize are all about "exploring and celebrating videogames as being at the vanguard of inclusive, contemporary creative arts", the festival's director, Iain Simons, said.
Can a game - any game, for that matter - be a work of artistic merit? Is Monopoly a searing critique of the captialist system? Does Battlefield 3 speak of the futility of war? Can Forza 4 be read as a bleak satire on everyman's need to compensate for the unprepossessing nature of his organs of generation?
Maybe not, but Minecraft "perfectly mixes the pleasures of both work and play. See-sawing between boundless fantasy and quotidian reality, it gives you the opportunity to build anything you can imagine," says the GameCity website, and that's why it beat the likes of Child of Eden, Limbo, Portal 2, Ilomilo, Superbrothers and… er… Pokémon Black to the take the Prize.
GameCity Prize judges included a boy band, an MP, one of the funnier Fast Show folks, an FT journalist and one of the less well-known members of Blur. Oh, and the woman with the eyepatch in the last series of Doctor Who. ®
My face when
"Can a game - any game, for that matter - be a work of artistic merit?"
I would imagine this question could only have been asked in a meeting of slightly aged ladies sipping tea and discoursing about the artsyness of Rembrandt, the Royal Marriage and the moral turpitude of the young ones. In the 80s.
FRACKING STUPID QUESTION!!
Dude!? You grew out of Lego?!:(
You have my condolences...
You know nothing
Extremely amateurish? You know absolutely nothing about games, and probably judge them based purely on graphics. Even then you fail to recognise that Minecraft is a stylised game, and its looks are intentional, with the game supporting visual skinning via texture packs.
Its an MMO in all but name, and contains within it a lot of sophistication at all levels, architectural, software, implementation and gameplay. Being the work of a single individual, to succeed so amazingly where so many have failed (often with massive budget backing) is even more impressive.
Notch found a niche and very successfully exploited it with a pretty well stable and impressive offering. You may not enjoy it, but you are a fool to think its mediocre on any level.
Bah - poor mans Dwarf Fortress
I wouldn't try and compare Portal 2 with Mincraft - they're both very different beasts. But for sheer creativity, give my Dwarf Fortress everytime. Yes, you can build mega-constructions but the important difference is 1) You don't have to do all the grunt work yourself - it's what your minions are for and 2) there's a lot more gore.
Have fun watching Strictly Come X Factor
Aaaaah, it's at times like this I look at my own life and realise how lucky I am...