The finalists, including Portal 2, Limbo and Minecraft, will be judged by a group of specialists who aren't part of the industry. Judges include Dave Rowntree from Blur and comedian Charlie Higson. The award ceremony will take place on October 29, at the end of the festival.
While it's always good to see video games getting recognition, this award seems to be more about their artistic merit. It's a very narrow way of looking at what is a diverse and vibrant industry. However, one of the jurors, Frances Barber admits to not being a gamer, but rather an artist who is "interested in all forms of cultural expression," so it might make sense that she wouldn't be as interested in a game's mechanics, for instance.
GameCity launches "Turner Prize" of industry awards [GamesIndustry.biz]
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