Seumas McNally Grand Prize

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The Seumas McNally Grand Prize is the main award given at the Independent Games Festival, an annual event that takes place during the Game Developers Conference, one of the largest gatherings of the indie video game industry.[1] The award is named after computer game programmer Seumas McNally (1979–2000), founder of independent game development company Longbow Digital Arts. McNally died of Hodgkin's lymphoma shortly after receiving the award in 2000 for his game Tread Marks. The award is given alongside a prize of US$30,000.[2]

Nineteen video games have received the award, and more than 50 have been selected as finalists. Fire and Darkness became the first recipient of the award in the 1999 edition of the Independent Games Festival.[3] The award was split into two for the 2004 and 2005 Independent Games Festival events,[4][5] but was merged back into a single prize in 2006.[6] From 2011 onwards, a list of "Honorable Mentions," composed of games that were not finalists, was introduced.[7] As of 2014, no studio has been awarded the prize more than once.

Gish and Seed are the only games to become finalists in multiple editions of the event. Additionally, Gish is the only finalist to win the prize in a subsequent edition of the festival.[3][4][5][8] FTL: Faster Than Light was the first game to have been both an honorable mention and a finalist, achieving the former in 2012 and the latter in 2013. The Stanley Parable achieved the same feat, becoming an honorable mention in 2013 and a finalist in 2014.[9][10][11] Games do not have to be published in order to qualify for the prize. When Fez won the award in 2012, it was still undergoing pre-release certification.[12]

Recipients[edit]

Year Winner Developer Finalists[a][b] Honorable mentions[c] Ref.
1999 Fire and Darkness Singularity Software N/A [3]
2000 Tread Marks Longbow Games N/A [8]
2001 Shattered Galaxy Nexon
  • Archmage: Stabat Mater
  • Chase Ace 2
  • Hardwood Spades
  • Hostile Space
  • IronSquad
  • SabreWing
  • Strifeshadow
  • Takeda
  • Virtual U
N/A [13]
2002 Bad Milk Dreaming Media N/A [14]
2003 Wild Earth Super X Studios N/A [15]
2004[d] Savage: The Battle for Newerth
and Oasis
S2 Games
and Mind Control Software
N/A [4]
2005[d] Gish
and Wik and the Fable of Souls
Chronic Logic
and Reflexive Entertainment
N/A [5]
2006 Darwinia Introversion Software N/A [6]
2007 Aquaria Bit Blot N/A [16]
2008 Crayon Physics Deluxe Kloonigames N/A [17]
2009 Blueberry Garden Erik Svedang N/A [18]
2010 Monaco Pocketwatch Games N/A [19]
2011 Minecraft Mojang [7]
2012 Fez Polytron [9]
2013 Cart Life Richard Hofmeier [10]
2014 Papers, Please Lucas Pope [11][20]
2015 Outer Wilds Team Outer Wilds [21]
2016 Her Story Sam Barlow [22]
2017 Quadrilateral Cowboy Blendo Games [23][24]
2018 TBD TBD [25]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From 1999 and until 2005, a list of award-specific finalists was not given. Instead, overall finalists were revealed alongside specific award winners.
  2. ^ The list of finalists was split into two—one for each category—in 2004 and 2005.[4][5] The entire list of finalists for both categories is provided.
  3. ^ Honorable mentions were introduced in 2011.[7]
  4. ^ a b The Seumas McNally Grand Prize was split into two categories in 2004 and 2005: "Open Category" and "Web/Downloadable".[4][5] A single award was given again from 2006 onwards.[6]

References[edit]

Specific
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