Irish animator's video game is the first to ever qualify for an Oscar 3 years ago

Irish animator's video game is the first to ever qualify for an Oscar

This should effectively put the "Are video-games considered to be art?" debate to rest.

An Irish-animator took to Twitter to celebrate the announcement that his video-game Everything has been short-listed for Best Animated Short for the 2018 Academy Awards.

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This is the first time that a video-game has ever qualified for the Oscars, and animator David O'Reilly seemed as surprised as anyone about the announcement:

The game made the achievement by winning a jury prize for animation at the Vienna Shorts Festival, where the judges said: “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.”

As for the game itself, it takes the title quite literally, as it allows you to control everything from a microbe right up to entire planets, all while quotes from famous philosopher Alan Watts plays out over your actions.

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Everything is currently available to play on PS4, PC and Mac.

Clip via PlayStation