Inglourious BAFTAs (Game Awards)The biggest British nod to computer games occurred a few days ago on the 19th March - the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards (part of BAFTA). The Playstation 3 did pretty darn well.
My most recent raved about game Flower from ThatGameCompany and SCE Santa Monica Studio won the award for Artistic Achievement. It's great when such a beautiful PS3 exclusive game gets the recognition it deserves. It was also on the shortlist for the best 'Use of Audio' award.
Wiping the floor with the competition and picking up awards for best 'Action' game, best 'Original Score', best 'Story' and best 'Use of Audio' all went to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves from Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio - another PS3 exclusive and described by some as the best looking game ever made.
Both the 'Best Game' award and 'Gameplay' award went to the multi-platform Batman: Arkham Asylum from Eidos/Rocksteady Studios. A great game making fantastic use of the Unreal engine. Uncharted 2 was shortlisted for both of those awards too.
EyePet from SCE London Studio was shortlisted for the 'Family & Social' award but sadly missed out to Wii Sports Resort. I haven't written about EyePet in this blog but it is another technological wonder on the PS3 which my daughter absolutely loves. It takes a bit of practice to get kids to remember to always point the card towards the camera for the augmented reality to work best but it has some brilliant features and mini games.
The PSPs version of Little Big Planet from SCE Cambridge Studio and XDEV Studio Europe won the 'Handheld' award which is great news as it was up against some tough competition including Gran Turismo (also on the PSP), Professor Layton and Pandora's Box and Scribblenauts (both on the DS).
It was great to see that Battlefield 1943 from EA DICE was shortlisted for the 'Multiplayer' and best 'Use of Online' awards (as it is one of my favourite and most played games) along with Uncharted 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
It is a shame these awards don't get the TV spotlight like other award ceremonies do. It would be nice to see the stars of the gaming industry get the same recognition as those in TV and Film. Maybe next year...