Into its 6th year, GameCity video game arts prize, has awarded the Swedish game “Minecraft” the best computer game of this year.
The event took place in Nottingham-UK as the grand finale of GameCity video game culture festival.
Even though Minecraft’s OST was ringing bells in Nitin Sawhney’s mind, a composer who was on the GameCity’s expert’s panel, but eventually it was awarded due to its mood and life expanding possibilities available to its users.
It had two fierce rivals: Valve and Electronic Arts’ Portal 2 and Microsoft’s Ilomilo. But the day belonged to the efforts made by an independent Swedish company “Mojang” in order to develop Minecraft.
“It’s a great honor to be compared to those games,” said Markus Persson, Mojang’s founder.
“Winning this award helps us to try to make Minecraft the best game it can be.”
Players have to build objects out of blocks in an open environment. Minecraft does involve traditional staples of gaming, including night-roaming monsters and the chance to fight multiplayer battles online.
Approx. 4 million people have already bought the game online despite the fact it is a beta version, and the formal version is scheduled to be released next month.
“It (Minecraft) just wasn’t like anything else… it felt like it had an expanding life of its own. It had an organic nature,” one of the judges, Ed Hall said.