Months after the finalists were announced, a video game has won a Hugo Award for the first time. Gizmodo reports that Supergiant Games’ Hades won the one-time Best Video Game award, beating Animal Crossing and The Last of Us: Part II, among others. Creative Director Greg Kasavin gave a virtual acceptance speech saying he was “grateful”, the organizers acknowledged the work in the game industry.
Hades has been available since September 2020, shortly before the Hugo Awards unveiled plans for a game category in November of that year. However, it came to PlayStation and Xbox consoles in August. The title has generally received a warm reception through fast roguelike gameplay, a solid narrative element, and mechanics that reward repeated playthroughs.
Whether or not other games receive awards is another matter. There are no plans for a permanent games category yet. However, the Hugo Awards have expanded over the years to include digital content such as podcasts and streaming video. It won’t be surprising if games eventually have a long-term berth, if only because the storylines of fantasy and sci-fi games are getting more sophisticated.
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