The UK video game industry's night of respect and respectability has come and has gone with the coveted British Academy of Film and Television (and video games), BAFTA(aVG)s being handed out.
Before anybody gets too blustery about this, we've actually got some insight into how the awards are voted on. We're pleased to be able to report that it's not simply down to a bunch of blokes in suits emailing each other with statements such as, "Er, that Boom Blox
looks Okay, it's Speilberg isn't it? Let's give it to that. See you down The Ship later."
Voting is a secretive process that follows the fact that the judges have actually played the nominated titles and then... actually discuss the pros and cons. By the way, you can see all the noms (as we're sure they're called down in London) right here.
The big winner last night was Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
, and who can really argue with its Best Game and People's Choice. Its Story and Character award could be a little contentious... but only a very little bit.
Not, for example, as contentious as Best Game, which went to Super Mario Galaxy
. It was in a strong field consisting of COD4
, Fable II
, Fallout 3
, Rock Band
, and the expected victor, Grand Theft Auto IV
In a Benjamin Button
at the Oscar's kind of a way, GTA IV
, left the building without an award to its name - despite seven noms.
So, without more ado...Those BAFTA's in FullBest Game:
- Super Mario GalaxyGameplay:
- Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareCasual:
- Boom BloxSports:
- Race Driver: GridStory and Character:
- Call of Duty 4Strategy:
- Civilisation RevolutionBest use of Audio:
- Dead SpaceNew Talent:
- Boro ToroMultiplayer:
- Left 4 DeadBest Technical Achievement:
- SporeOriginal Score:
- Dead SpaceHandheld:
- Professor Layton and the Curious VillagePeople's Choice:
- Call of Duty 4Artistic Achievement:
- LittleBigPlanetBest Action and Adventure:
- Fable II