The game aptly titled Everything has won a jury award at the 2017 Vienna Shorts Festival, which makes it the first video game that will be eligible for an Academy Award.
Everything, as the title suggests, is a game that allows players to, well, control everything. From bears to molecules and even whole galaxies, Everything gives players control of just about anything they can think of. Nothing is safe from your control, not even inanimate objects such as houses or seafaring ships, all is under your control, and everything is waiting to be explored. You would think that the weirdest part of the game is the ability to just about control whatever you like, but for me, it’s the end over end tumbling way in which the animals move that takes the cake.
The news was revealed by the game’s creator David OReilly on Twitter. He mentioned how this is the first time that a game/interactive project has been eligible for an Academy Award. According to the Vienna Shorts Festival, the game won the awards due to it’s strong poetic and philosophical them that encourages players to gain a new perspective on the world.
“The Jury Prize–Animation goes to a film which, beyond being entertaining, has a strong poetic and philosophical theme. It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages to let our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world.”
The reason that the game qualifies even if it is not actually a film is due to the fact that a special rule states that short films who win certain awards may be eligible for an Academy Award.