Last night saw the event that gamers across the world all look forward to. Will their games get the recognition they deserve, will the under dogs come out on top, or will the whole thing go up in flames?
This years BAFTA’s were a prime example as to how award ceremonies should go, and it’s pretty much indisputable that all the games that won deserved it.
Journey was by far the star of the show, winning a total of 5 awards, including original music, artistic achievement, audio achievement, game design and online multi-player. And I think it’s safe to say that they deserve an award for being good sports, as host Dara O’Briain continually made light hearted comments about the development team throughout the night.
Dishonored also scored big at the BAFTA’s after they took home the award for best game, beating out Journey, The Walking Dead, Farcry 3, Fifa 13 and Mass Effect 3. Farcry 3 however managed to snag the award for best action game, and The Walking Dead winning best story and best mobile and hand-held game with Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett) and Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine) earning nominations for best performers. They were beat by Danny Wallace, who we all know as Shaun from the Assassins Creed series.
Valve creator Gabe Newell, who’s responsible for games such as Half-Life, Portal and Left 4 Dead, received the Games Fellowship award, as well as a standing ovation from the room for his dedication and legendary input for the development of the industry.
Other winners include The Unfinished Swan for best debut game and best innovation, New Star Soccer for Best Sports/Fitness game,
Song Pop for best online-browser game, Star Crossed for the BAFTA’s one to watch, XCOM- Enemy Unknown for best strategy game, Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes for best family game and The Room for best British game.
Mainstream games such as Assassins Creed 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Halo 4 received numerous nominations, but ultimately went home empty handed.