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The Tragedy of GJ 237b nominated for a Nebula Award

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The Tragedy of GJ 237b, designed by Caitlynn Belle and P. H. Lee, has been nominated for a Nebula Award in the short story category. It was nominated by sf writer Yoon Ha Lee and maybe others. After some debate whether it could qualify as a short story or be excluded because it is a game, it appears the nomination has now been accepted.

You can read about the game and Yoon Ha Lee's nomination on his blog. Ben Lehman reflects about the question whether game texts can be literature on Google+.

The Tragedy of GJ 237b is a "role-playing game for no players", taking sci-fi gaming to an interesting level. The game is available as pay-what-you-want and on medium.com. A French translation is available, too.

I'm not sure I would "play" the game, but I'm glad I read it. It's a short read (just about 700 words), and a good one IMO. I guess you can view it as just a joke, but you could also make the case that not only is it a game that addresses topics like genocide (or, in this case, xenocide) and interaction lacking awareness of differences, but also about the nature of games. You could also celebrate that games are being recognized as literature, and re-read your favorite rpg book.
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