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Wayne Hemingway, Charlie Higson, Jo Whiley join GameCity Prize jury

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Wayne Hemingway, Charlie Higson and Jo Whiley have been announced as GameCity Prize jurors.

The panel also includes Sherlock actress Louise Brealey, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, film producer Lord David Puttnam CBE, as well as Samira Ahmed, Ekow Eshun and Lucy Kellaway.

Jo Whiley

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Charlie Higson looks happy at the London 'Fast Show' premiere

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Announced last night (May 16), the GameCity Prize judging panel will debate the cultural significance of nominated video games. The prize will be awarded during this year's GameCity7 festival in Nottingham.

All releases from June 1, 2011 to June 1, 2012 are eligible to enter, regardless of format or budget. Entries can be made by visiting the GameCity Prize website.

Minecraft won last year's prize, which was presented by Labour MP Tom Watson.

GameCity director Iain Simons expressed his delight with the diversity of the jury, before revealing that this year's prize would feature a public consultation period once the nominees were in place.

"I am absolutely thrilled with this year's jury. To draw such culturally-significant individuals together to celebrate and reward the very best video games is a bold statement about how seriously the medium is considered.

"The GameCity Prize is about creating new conversations about video games, and in 2012 we're inviting everyone to join in, discuss and vehemently argue with our jurors," explained Simons.

GameCity7 will take place in Nottingham between October 20 and 27 and features a full day dedicated to Fable creator Peter Molyneux.

The festival also celebrates 30 years of the Commodore 64 and introduces the STEAM School, which aims to teach people the basics of making video games.

Uncharted 3 and Journey were on display at last year's festival, which also featured From Dust creator Eric Chahi.

The list of GameCity Prize jurors and their backgrounds in full:

  • Samira Ahmed: writer and broadcaster
  • Louise Brealey: actress and writer – most recently on our screens alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock.
  • Ekow Eshun: writer, critic and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Dave Gibbons: comic book artist and writer and co-creator of Watchmen
  • Wayne Hemingway: MBE, fashion designer and founder of Red or Dead
  • Charlie Higson: actor, comedian and author
  • Lucy Kellaway: columnist, The Financial Times
  • Lord David Puttnam CBE (Chair): film producer
  • Jo Whiley: disc jockey and TV presenter

    Watch a trailer for upcoming Peter Molyneux release Fable: The Journey below:

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