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Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





The Hugo Awards are presented every year by the World Science Fiction Society during their annual convention to the best works and achievements in speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy in the previous calendar year. They are voted on by the attendees of the convention. They were first presented in 1953, didn't come back in 54, and have been presented every year from 1955 on. They are named for Hugo Gernsback, the editor of the first science fiction magazine Amazing Stories and someone who I think would appreciate this forum:

In addition to their many permanent categories for novels, short stories, series, editors, etc. they occasionally do one-off categories. In the past this has included things such as websites, cover artists, publishers, and other related categories. For 2021 they will present an award for Best Video Game, defined as:

quote:

any game or substantial modification of a game first released to the public on a major gaming platform in the previous calendar year in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects.For these purposes, a game is defined as a work wherein player choice, interaction, or participation significantly impacts the narrative, play, meaning, or experience. A major gaming platform means that the game is available on personal computers such as Windows, Mac, or Linux computers (including, but not limited to, via Steam, Epic,itch.io, browser, or direct download), iOS, Android, Switch, PlayStation, and/or Xbox systems.

The Hugo Study Committee is considering a game/interactive experience category for addition as a permanent award, which would be pretty neat.

Press release:https://discon3.org/wp-content/uplo...rd_Category.pdf
Wikipedia on the Hugo Award: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Award
Hugo Awards by year: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/

As we approach the end of 2020 many people are drawing up their best of the year lists, though we still have a few more high profile releases before year's end (Cyberpunk 2077, for one). What games or expansions of 2020 would you put on the same level of recent Hugo winners such as A Memory Called Empire, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Expanse, and Good Omens?

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Simone Magus
Sep 29, 2020


Bugsnax better win

OgNar
Oct 26, 2002

They tapdance not, neither do they fart

So many things that have been around forever are getting kicked to the curb because they don't know how to integrate themselves into the modern.
Glad to see people that can figure it out.

Arcsech
Aug 5, 2008


My top picks for best video game writing are Disco Elysium and Heaven's Vault, both of which are highly reactive to the player - which I think is a critical component of game writing, because that's what makes the genre of games unique. If a game has a static plot, it might as well be a movie or a book from a writing perspective - just like if a movie has a great plot but lovely cinematography or visual design, it should probably have just been a book.

Disco Elysium in particular seems made for this category, it'll be a travesty if it doesn't win (assuming it's in the eligibility window, not sure how they're handling that).

Arcsech fucked around with this message at 02:35 on Nov 25, 2020

Ryoga
Sep 10, 2003
Eternally Lost

If 13 sentinels doesn't win i will riot.

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007





Arcsech posted:

My top picks for best video game writing are Disco Elysium and Heaven's Vault, both of which are highly reactive to the player - which I think is a critical component of game writing, because that's what makes the genre of games unique. If a game has a static plot, it might as well be a movie or a book from a writing perspective - just like if a movie has a great plot but lovely cinematography or visual design, it should probably have just been a book.

Disco Elysium in particular seems made for this category, it'll be a travesty if it doesn't win (assuming it's in the eligibility window, not sure how they're handling that).

Sadly it came out in October 2019 so it's just outside the window though it did get a Nebula nomination for its year.

New Super Metis
Aug 1, 2014




Oh this is cool, I follow the Hugos every year. Nice to see them expanding into video games too.

Simone Magus
Sep 29, 2020


Outer Wilds didn't come out this year but should win on principle. I think it's probably the best implementation of a sci fi story, especially the "twist"

Libluini
May 18, 2012

Did I predict the future?


Grimey Drawer

Didn't the C#-version of Aurora come out this year? That would be my pick.

Hammer Bro.
Jul 7, 2007

THUNDERDOME LOSER

I was excited to hear this news and sad that Obra Dinn is not eligible. I also just bought new PC components because I'd like to play Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds based on buzz. Also Spiderverse and Good Omens kicked butt, and The Good Place was a Good Show.

Sounds like I'll be following the Hugos more closely for things other than books.

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Super No Vacancy
Jul 26, 2012

yahallo


hmm the best one i have played this year has been ff7r which kind of feels like cheating. enjoying 13 sentinels now but not very far in so it would need to stick the landing

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