Gaming

Video Game BAFTA’s 2011

Peter Moleneux (Pic courtesy of BAFTA )

Last week, the Ballroom at Mayfair’s Hilton Hotel was the venue for the Video Game BAFTA’s sponserd by GAME. There was an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation. Dara O’Brien presented the evening and was joined by celebrities such as the legendary Robert Llewellyn, Jason Bradbury, the boys from Blue, Danny Wallace to name but a few.

My personal favourite of 2010, ‘Heavy Rain‘ walked away with 3 awards – Best Technical Innovation, Best Original Music and Best Story. Despite winning three awards of the evening, they were just pipped to the post for Best Game by ‘Mass Effect 2‘. Unsurprisingly, the Best Family Game went to ‘Kinect Sports‘. Kinect, was certainly one of the big winners in 2010 and was certainly a well deserved winner of this category.

The Fellowship Award went to the game designing legend, Peter Molyneux OBE. As one of the most highly regarded and best-known names in the industry, he co-founded Bullfrog Productions back in 1987. He’s the man behind titles such as the Fable series, Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Theme Park and thise games combined have sold around 15 million worldwide

Video Games Awards Winners in 2011

Action

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Gaëlec Simard, Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Artistic Achievement

God of War III

Stig Asmussen, Ken Feldman, Cecil Kim, Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Santa Monica Studio

Best Game

Mass Effect 2

Development Team, Electronic Arts/BioWare

Family

Kinect Sports

Development Team, Microsoft Games Studios/Rare

Gameplay

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Koichi Hayashida, Yoshiaki Koizumi, Takashi Tezuka – Nintendo/Nintendo

Handheld

Cut the Rope

Efim Voinov, Semyon Voinov – Chillingo/Zeptolab

Multiplayer

BAFTA maskNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Development Team, Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Original Music

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson – Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Social Network Game

My Empire

Development Team, Playfish/Playfish

Sports

F1 2010

Development Team, Codemasters/Codemasters Birmingham

Story

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson, Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Strategy

Civilization V

Jon Shafer, Dorian Newcomb, Brian Wade – 2K Games/Firaxis

Technical Innovation

Heavy Rain

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Scott Johnson – Sony Computer Entertainment/Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Use of Audio

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Patrick Bach, David Goldfarb – Electronic Arts/DICE

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award

Twang!

Jocce Marklund, Annette Nielsen, Linus Nordgren, Marcus Heder, Thomas Finlay (That Game Studio)

The GAME Award 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Development Team, Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

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