Nana Amuah has started a petition at Change.org calling on MidAmeriCon II to run a special Best Video Game Hugo category next year.
That is something the con could do under WSFS Constitution Section 3.3.17 which allows a committee to create one special category.
This was my first year nominating and voting on the Hugo Awards. One thing that bothered me was why video games were not honored. Sure, games can technically be nominated for Dramatic Presentation, but do you actually ever see that happen, as opposed to movies and TV shows? There has been considerable debate over the years about this. There WAS a trial “Best Video Game” category in 2006, but only 58 people nominated for it. However, I believe that we are long overdue for a category like this. Within a decade, games have grown in stature, offering more complex storytelling and gameplay that is resonating with mainstream culture and fandom (including that of SF/F works). This very year we’ve had stellar SF/F games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bloodborne, Kerbal Space Program, Pillars of Eternity, serialized games like King’s Quest and Life is Strange, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. None of these have a significant chance of getting recognition fron the Hugos. You might be thinking that due to recent controversy surrounding the Hugos, that this shouldn’t be a priority. However, more people than ever signed up to the WorldCon to vote this year, which I believe presents an opportunity; there may just be more people that are at least aware of what good games have been released in the speculative genres. That is why I believe that MidAmericon II should, 10 years after the fact, instate an additional one-time category for “Best Video Game” (or if you want to be more formal, “Best Interactive Presentation”)
At this writing the petition has only one signature.
As Amuah mentions, the 2006 Worldcon attempted a special Hugo of this type (“Best Interactive Video Game”), and cancelled it due to lack of response from the voters.
[Thanks to Mark (yes, you, not the other one) for the story.]