Hades just made history by winning the Hugo Award, the first one ever by a video game. Ever since the award’s inception, the committee has never considered a video game for a Hugo before. Meanwhile, it’s only this year that a special category for the ‘best video game’ was added.
While the best video game category is still not permanent on the committee’s list, Hades winning a Hugo Award as the best video game of 2021 is still a commendable feat. Moreover, it’s no less than any permanent category Hugo Award winner.
For the uninitiated, Hugo Awards are annual literary awards recognizing various sci-fi and fantasy works. The awards were incepted in 1953 and are administered by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious awards in the science fiction world, given to works like Dune, Harry Potter books, among others.
Even though Hades is one of the best video games produced in recent years yet Hades winning a Hugo Award came as a surprise. The game had to compete with other fantastic games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Last of Us: Part II, and Blaseball.
Hades’ writer and creative director Greg Kasavin shared his sentiments on Twitter, saying how the writer and his team are honored to have been recognized for the award. Furthermore, he was “grateful” that the Hugo Awards committee is “recognizing work in this category, much less the work we did!”
Wish I could have attended the #HugoAwards in person.
I wasn’t able to make an acceptance speech there on behalf of the team though did have a few words here.
I’m grateful that the awards are recognizing work in this category, much less the work we did! pic.twitter.com/S9bfSp1i8H
— Greg Kasavin (@kasavin) December 19, 2021