Hades becomes the first video game to win a Hugo Award

Prince Zagreus in a promotional image for Hades, surrounded by Bone Hydras.

Picture: Supergiant games

Last year, Supergiant Games’ Underworld, the roguelike inspired by Greek mythology about the son of Hades Zagreus escaping from the underworld, released close to acclaimed universal. If he was not praised for being an inviting stage in the kind roguelike, he was praised for his characters and story. If it weren’t for this, it was for the music, you got the idea. Over a year later and now on all major consoles and PCs, tThe game still has a significant impact, and it will surely still grow bigger because it won a Hugo Award this weekend and is the first video game to do so.

Every year, Hugo prices recognize the best and brightest sci-fi and fantasy literary works. In recent years, they’ve branched out to include categories like Best Fanzine or Best Fancast (podcast or video series, basically). For 2021, the best video game category was created after being started as an idea for years now, according to site announcement back in 2020. Of course, he probably helped that a lot of people had the time to just player video games last year.

Hell ‘ Writer and creative director Greg Kasavin, who was unable to attend the Hugo Awards, took to Twitter to post an acceptance speech on behalf of Supergiant. “We are very grateful that our work on Underworld stood out, ”he said, “and we hope the Hugo Awards continue to recognize incredible work in the video game space. In addition to thanking the staff and their families, he thanked the Greek gods from top to bottom for “having inspired people like us for several thousand years now, and they continue to do so for a long time.”

Underworld had some pretty good competition to beat: Unsurprisingly, the AAA contenders were The Last of Us Part II, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Final Fantasy VII remake. And on the indie side, there was the management of the beloved afterlife Dearing Spiritist and the fake (?) baseball simulation Blasball. This award was created on an exceptional basis, but hopefully it will stay, as video games are a pretty big part of sci-fi and fantasy at this point.


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