BAFTA Video Game Awards

The BAFTA Video Games awards happened last night (sponsored by GAME).

I don’t have too much to say on the topic. I like the idea of an awards ceremony for games and I’ve attended several events held by BAFTA which leads me to believe their interest and commitment to games is genuine.

Click on to find out what went on last night.

The live stream kicked off at 9. You may be surprised to hear that I wasn’t invited. Your normal games related ‘celebrities’ were in attendance. Johnathan Ross, Johnathan Ross’ wife, The Saturdays(?) and Dara O’Briain. Dara was there to do more than hand out an award or two as he hosted the event and, with his love for video games well documented, he was able to crack a joke or two about the subject. Well done him.

With that out of the way, here’s the winners from last nights award-a-ma-bob;

  • ActionBatman : Arkham City
  • Artistic Achievement – Rayman Origins
  • Audio Achievement Battlefield 3
  • Best GamePortal 2
  • Debut Game – Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • DesignPortal 2
  • FamilyLittleBigPlanet 2
  • Game InnovationLittleBigPlanet 2
  • Mobile & HandheldPeggle HD
  • Online – BrowserMonsetermind
  • Online – MultiplayerBattlefield 3
  • Original MusicL.A. Noire
  • PerformerMark Hamill in Batman : Arkham City
  • Sports/Fitness – Kinect Sports 2
  • Story – Portal 2
  • Strategy – Total War : Shogun 2
  • BAFTA Ones To Watch – Tick Tock Toys
  • GAME Award of 2011 – Battlefield 3

No massive surprises. I’m pleased to see Mark Hamill get an award for his work in Arkham City. I’m at a point now where I can’t imagine anyone else voicing The Joker. The ‘GAME Award’ comes as no big surprise as it was voted for by the public. Given COD’s rather negative public reception this year, and the fact a lot of people play Battlefield 3, this was kind of a no-brainer. Skyrim’s complete absence in the winner’s circle is something of a shock though. People have been speculating that the fact it was a buggy mess for a long time could have affected its chances. It’s either that or an allergy to elves. Both are acceptable reasons.

As I said in the intro, I’m all for this type of event. Anything that raises awareness for games (in a positive light) is good news. Speaking of which, I’ve just seen Markus Persson, sitting with his BAFTA, on Saturday morning news explaining what Minecraft is and why games are great and aren’t about killing people. It’s also been a chance to get away from the doom and gloom that seems to be surrounding the UK games industry at the moment. Which is what we need if you ask me.

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