The GameCity Prize launched last year, mooted as the equivalent of the Mercury, Turner and Booker prizes for gaming. It aims to acknowledge games of "cultural validity, accessibility and all round champion the industry".
The GameCity7 judges asked for nominations from users, either in the form of an essay, music or art to recognise their nominee. From those nominations, a list has been assembled of 18 titles released over the last year.
The GameCity Prize 2012 nominee longlist:
- Bastion - Supergiant Games
- Catherine - Atlus Persona Games
- Contre Jour - Chilingo
- Dark Souls - From Software
- DayZ - Dean 'Rocket' Hall
- Dear Esther - thechineseroom
- English Country Tune - Increpare Games
- Fez - Polytron
- FIFA 12 - EA Canada
- Fingle - Game Oven Studios
- Johann Sebastian Joust - Die Gute Fabrik
- Journey - thatgamecompany
- Mass Effect 3 - Bioware
- Proteus - Ed Key & David Kanaga
- Skyrim - Bethesda Game Studios
- Spelltower - Zach Gage
- Super Mario 3D Land - Nintendo EAD
- Waking Mars - Tiger Style Games
Over the next few weeks, the GameCity Academy will narrow down the longlist to seven finalists, followed by a jury decision on a final winner. The GameCity Prize 2012 winner will be announced during GameCity7 on October 24.
The jury is comprised of Lord David Puttnam, Dave Gibbons, Ekow Eshun, Charlie Higson, Louise Brealey, Lucy Kellaway, Samira Ahmed, Wayne Hemingway and Jo Whiley.
Minecraft by Mojang was the winner of the first GameCity Prize last year in Nottingham.
Watch a trailer for Minecraft below: