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Melbourne Queer Games Festival 2020 award-winning, shortlisted titles named

The Melbourne Queer Games Festival 2020 has announced shortlisted and award-winning titles, calling this year “the strongest collection of queer games we have ever received.”

The following games have been shortlisted:

  • A story about you by Niamh Noble
  • baked:magic by Red Chan
  • Bloodsucking Blues by Elliot Rex White
  • Charles 2.0 by Wolfscade
  • Demon Kiss by Foleso
  • Distortion Nation by TangledVirus
  • Family Dinner by Tom Hosford
  • first date/can’t relate by Ruqiyah
  • flaming/million by Nilson Carroll
  • I can’t cry? by Taylor McCue
  • Marigold by Cervine Prince
  • Newfound Courage by Curtis Campion
  • Queer Space Pirates by Nathaniel Bott
  • Royal Match by Dave Pickett
  • when I was a boycow by Sean Wejebe
  • Yearning: A Gay Story by Bob Conway

While the following titles have won Bronze, Silver, Gold or Technical Achievement medals:

  • MQGF 2020 Bronze  – Monster Sweethearts by Sam
  • MQGF 2020 Bronze  – Queering Spacetime by Toto Lin
  • MQGF 2020 Silver – Spring Leaves No Flowers by kc
  • MQGF 2020 Technical Achievement – Retrace by Els White
  • MQGF 2020 Gold – If Found… by Llaura McGree

Next, the MQGF Jury Award “for a game that is fearless about the freedom, limitless and undefinable strangeness of queer” was issued to Lezborado for Queer Olympix – Cosmic Room.

Finally, the 2020 Emerging Developer Award — and a $500 USD cash prize — was bestowed upon Tiffany McFarlane and Sean Wejebe for Dear Gregorie, Dear Accordio.

“This year was the strongest collection of queer games we have ever received,” Festival Director, Luke Miller, asserted. “The breadth and quality of the games in the scene is so exciting. It really is an amazing year for LGBTI games and we can really recommend people seeking out and playing some!”

For more on each title, please head to the Melbourne Queer Games Festival website. Moreover, a full showcase of games can be found right here.

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