Revenge is a dish best served cold, or at least that seems to be the modus operandi of Andrew Prahlow, composer of the soundtrack in the Outer Wilds. The hit indie title is up for the award of "Fresh Indie Game" at The Game Awards, which happens to be sponsored by none other than Subway. As fate would have it, Prahlow was fired by Subway when he was 19 because he was making sandwiches "too slow." Oh, how the tables have turned.
The annual Game Awards, which will be held on December 13th this year, features a category called Fresh Indie Game. This category recognizes a new independent studio that released its first game during the year of the awards show. One of the nominees is Mobius Digital, developer on the Outer Wilds.
The game is an open-world exploration action-adventure title about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop. The game gives players 22 minutes to explore the planet before the local sun goes supernova and kills everything. Anything players learn during that time will help them in subsequent playthroughs so they are better able to alter the outcome. The game has already won the Best Indie Game award at the Golden Joystick Awards and was nominated for five other categories, including Best Storytelling and Best Visual Design.
I was fired from Subway when I was 19 because they said I made sandwiches too slow. Please vote for Outer Wilds so I can prove my worth to them. https://t.co/ED4yu5l6mN— Andrew Prahlow (@andrewprahlow) November 20, 2019
Due to the coincidental nature of the sponsored award, Prahlow is urging the game's fans to vote for Outer Wilds so he can "prove [his] worth to them." It's an interesting way to get back at your employer, but let's face it - many of us have daydreamed about doing something similar. We just haven't come quite this far in our endeavors. Do it for the rest of us, Andrew.
Other nominees include the games Disco Elysium, Gris, My Friend Pedro, Slay the Spire, and fan-favorite Untitled Goose Game. While the gameplay of Outer Wilds is gripping and quite different than anything recently seen, the same can be said for our favorite Goose (which is bound to give Andrew a run for his money). Even if Outer Wilds doesn't win, the fact that it's been nominated is karma for Subway's treatment of Prahlow.
Regardless of what happens at the awards in December, a great number of people probably wish they could feel as triumphant as Andrew does right now. Should Outer Wilds win the award, we can't even imagine what that will feel like for him. All we can do is live vivaciously through him and hope we will live to see something similar happen to us.