And the winner is… The BAFTA Game Awards

Unlike in the US, where the only videogame award ceremonies are ridiculous (Spike’s VGA’s) or not televised (the Game Developers Choice Awards), the Brits actually have a respectable, relatively well-publicized event to honor the best the industry has to offer.

The categories are a little weird – there’s an award for best “gameplay” for example, and things are generally separated by genre, which is a smart, if occasionally pretty bizarre way to go about things, but hey, they did a good job.

I can’t say I disagree with much of anything on here: my personal favorite from 2010, Mass Effect 2, won the highest honor, and the flawed-but-revolutionary Heavy Rain won for “Best Story” and “Technical Innovation”.

Here’s the whole list, from Gamasutra:

Action
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
Gaelec Simard – Ubisoft

Artistic Achievement
God of War III
Stig Asmussen, Ken Feldman, Cecil Kim – 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
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Development Team – Electronic Arts/Criterion Games

Original Music
Heavy Rain
Normand Corbeil – Sony, 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, 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, Quantic Dream & XDev Studio Europe

Use of Audio
Battlefield: Bad Company: 2
Patrick Bach, David Goldfarb – Electronic Arts/DICE

Ones To Watch Award
Twang!
Jocce Marklund, Annette Nielsen, Linus Nordgren, Marcus Heder, Thomas Finlay (That Game Studio)

GAME Award
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Activision Blizzard UK Ltd/Treyarch

9 Responses to “And the winner is… The BAFTA Game Awards”

  1. Labreya March 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen a list of awards for games that I honestly can’t argue with. Hell, I don’t like Mass Effect, but I wouldn’t argue it recieving a “Best Game” reward,

    Really glad Hot Pursuit won best multiplayer. The Autolog really is something innovative and it’s nice to see it win an award.

    To me, it’s a list that says “Best by technical execution” and not “Best by popularity”.

  2. Greg March 18, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Great to see Heavy Rain getting so many accolades. It’s my personal favorite of 2010.

  3. Plum March 18, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    The GAME Award is a public voted award. I’m not a fan of Black Ops personally, but given the sales figures it clearly hit the target it was aiming for and obviously a lot of people enjoyed it. You can see the other GAME nominees here:

    http://www.bafta.org/awards/video-games/game-award-2010,1646,BA.html

    I imagine that Black Ops getting that award will annoy a lot of commenters but the public award will go to the game that has the best mass market appeal. Other nominees in the list might be technically better or more fun, but Johnny Average is not going to vote for a game that he’s never played.

  4. Smouticus March 18, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Not only is this a thoroughly sensible set of awards to give out, but it was also good to see this get some positive reports in the media.

    It beats the usual ‘hyper-violent video games and space lesbians are ruining our children’ level of reportage.

  5. Smouticus March 18, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Not only is this a thoroughly sensible set of awards to give out, but it was also good to see this get some positive reports in the media.

    It beats the usual ‘hyper-violent video games and space lesbians are ruining our children’ level of reportage.

  6. Bishop201 March 18, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Agreed!!!

  7. DeviousAlpha March 18, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    What exactly is the “GAME Award”?

    Did game, the sales company give a special award to black ops? That game deserves nothing…

  8. BlackAdderBG March 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Strategy
    Civilization V

    Yeah….sure why not,its not “Best Strategy” category,just random strategy game.

  9. phasefx March 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    Here’s another one (I see now also referenced in the Gamasutra article):

    http://www.interactive.org/
    http://www.interactive.org/awards/2011_14th_awards.asp

    Action Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption
    Adventure Game of the Year: Limbo
    Family Game of the Year: Dance Central
    Fighting Game of the Year: Super Street Fighter IV
    Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
    Outstanding Achievement in Animation: God of War III
    Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Red Dead Redemption
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering: Red Dead Redemption
    Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play: Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty
    Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Heavy Rain
    Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Limbo
    Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack: Rock Band 3
    Outstanding Achievement in Story: Mass Effect 2
    Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Heavy Rain
    Outstanding Character Performance: Red Dead Redemption – Rob Wiethoff as John Marston
    Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Heavy Rain
    Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
    Sports Game of the Year: FIFA Soccer 11
    Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Star Craft II: Wings of Liberty
    Casual Game of the Year: Angry Birds HD
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Red Dead Redemption
    Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
    Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
    Social Networking Game of the Year: Cityville

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