Winners of the GAME BAFTA awards


The night of March 16th was an exciting night for gamers as the GAME BAFTA award winners were announced in London.
The award show was hosted by comedian and gamer Dara O’Briain and featured many different categories for the best nominated games of 2010 to compete in. Below are the lists of nominees and winners for each category shown:


The BAFTA for best Action game went to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood beat the likes of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Bioshock 2, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and God of War 3 on the night in order to claim the well deserved BAFTA. In his acceptance speech, Jean-Francois Boivin, assosciate producer of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood said that he felt “really proud to be awarded (the BAFTA) against such incredible competition,” he then went on to thank the academy and Ubisoft for the support.


The winner of the BAFTA for best Family game went to the Xbox 360 motion controlled game, Kinect Sports.Kinect SportsKinect Sports really had its work cut out for it on the night with a list of competitors containing Kinect Adventures, Lego Harry Potter years 1 – 4, Kinectimals, Dance Central and Toy Story 3, but it succeeded in obtaining the BAFTA and making the developers at Rare proud.
When claiming the BAFTA, the unnamed member of theRare development team gave his thanks on behalf of Rare saying, “Thank you on behalf of Rare, we’re very proud and its a great honour to receive this award,” He then went on to comment on the company’s 25 year anniversary commented that, “this is a great way to start the company’s 26th year.”


The next award on the night went to Heavy Rain for Heavy Rain Technical Innovation.
Other nominees in the category consisted of Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach and Kinectimals.
When Collecting the award, Guillaume de Fondaumiere, executive producer for Heavy Rain, said, “The great thing about our tech is that you dont see it, only the emotion,” he then went on to offer his thanks to BAFTA and the 35 man team behind the game.


The next BAFTA award was the award for best Social My Empire<Network Game, this award went to My Empire.
Contendors that missed out on this BAFTA on the night were, Bejeweled Blitz, Farmerama, Fifa Superstars, Zoo Mumba and Zuma Blitz.
Barry Cottle, vice president of EAI (Electronic Arts Interactive) collected the award and gave his thanks to BAFTA and EA, and for something different before leaving the stage he also stated that people can expect the next hit from EAI this summer.



The best Use Of Audio category was up after this, and the BAFTA for this went to Battlefield: Bad Company 2.Battlefield: Bad Company 2<The nominees that Battlefield had to beat for the award were Limbo, DJ Hero 2, Alan Wake, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
When collecting the award, Stefan Strandberg, sound designer for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 expressed his gratitude by thanking all of the Bad Company 2 development team and said that, “It is amazing to be in this competition.”



Handheld games were next on the BAFTA list with the award for the Handheld category going to Cut the rope.Cut The Rope
Cut the rope beat the likes of Sonic Colours, Professor Layton and the lost future, God of war: Ghost of Sparta, Super Scribblenaughts and LEGO Harry potter years 1-4 to win the award, and the team behind the game said that “it is nice for an iOS game to be recognized.”



The next award was the user voted for GAME award which received over 110,000 votes this year. At one point there was only 2000 votes between the top 2, but on the night the award went to Call of Duty: Black Ops.Call of Duty: Black Ops
Others nominees in the category consisted of Limbo, Fifa 11, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Halo: Reach and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Treyarch’s Craig Houston collected the award explaining how “driven by fans” they are and that “(they) listen all the time,” he then went on to thank Treyarch and Activision before leaving the stage.



Another sound-based award was next on the list with the BAFTA for Original Music. This award went to Heavy Rain.Heavy Rain
Other original music containing nominees were Mass Effect 2, Alan Wake, Fable 3, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and James Bond 007: Blood Stone.
Guillaume de Fondaumiere for Heavy Rain simply offered his thanks to everyone on the team before leaving the stage for the second time of the night.



The BAFTA for best Strategy game was awarded next with trophy going to Civilization V.Civilization V
Other nominees featured in the strategy category were Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Fallout: New Vegas, Plants vs Zombies (XBLA), Fifa Manager 11 and Napoleon Total War. Dorian Newcomb and Brian Wade of Firaxis Games took to the stage in order to claim the award, saying, “it’s a huge honour to be recognized by BAFTA” and thanking Sid Meier – creative director, 2KGames, Steve Martin – the company president and of course, the team.


The BAFTA for Artistic Achievement was the next to be awarded, and this went to God of War 3 which had a budget of $44 million.God of War 3
Nominees for this category consisted of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Limbo, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Mass Effect 2 and Heavy Rain.
When collecting the award, Stig Asmussen, the director of God of War 3 said that he was “happy for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of all the hard work” that went into the game, he then thanked his team and the academy.


The next award was a special one known as the BAFTA Ones To Watch award in assosciation with Dare to be Digital, this was awarded to Twang.Twang
The other ones to watch on the night were Mush and Sculpty, but ultimately That game studio’s Twang beat them to the prize. That game studio developers thanked everyone involved in the competition including their competitors for the positive feedback.



Gameplay was the next category to be awarded, and the BAFTA for this went to Super Mario Galaxy 2.Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2
managed to best the likes of Mass Effect 2, God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Limbo and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood on the night to win the award. Thanks were offered on behalf of Nintendo and Shigeru Miyomoto (Miyomoto-san) – the creator of Mario and Link – for the award.




The BAFTA for Sport followed this and was awarded to F1 2010 – the owner of the most complicated weather system ever featured in a racing game.F1 2010
the nominee lineup for the sport category contained International Cricket 2010, Fifa 11, Football Manager 2011, Gran Turismo 5 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2011.
When collecting the award, the F1 2010 development team said that, “It’s a huge honour for codemasters to win, we put our hearts and souls into this,” and “this is only the beginning.”



Multiplayer was the next BAFTA category up for grabs, and this was awarded to Criterion’s Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Other nominated titles for the award consisted of Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Halo: Reach and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
Craig Sullivan, creative director for Criterion and Matt Webster, producer for Criterion took to the stage to claim the award and explained that they weren’t expecting to win and that it’s “all about being a family and working together” before giving their thanks and sitting down again.


Next up was the BAFTA for the Story category, the winner of this was the hatrick hero of the night – Heavy Rain.Heavy Rain
The other nominees for this category were Fallout: New Vegas, Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Bioshock 2.
Guillaume de Fondaumiere got very emotional when collecting this award despite it being Heavy Rain’s 3rd BAFTA of the evening, he explained this as being due to the story being personal and inspired by the birth of his first son. He then thanked his wife and the team behind the game one more time before leaving the stage.


The big one was next on the list with the BAFTA for Best Game being announced, the winner of this award went to Mass Effect 2.Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 took on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Heavy Rain, Limbo, Fifa 11 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 to claim the title of best game.
EA’s John Goddard collected the award and explained that the team is making sure that Mass Effect 3 will exceed Mass Effect 2, he then thanked the studios and teams in Edmonton and Montreal before taking his seat again.


The final BAFTA of the night was the Fellowship award, and this was given to Peter Molyneux of Lionhead Studios.Peter Molyneux at the BAFTAs
An emotional Peter said, “it’s amazing to start a tiny company with someone called Glenn in guildford, and then stand up here in 20 years with all you amazing people.” He went on to thank everyone that he has worked with and his family, before apologizing multiple times for all of the broken promises he has made in the past, admitting that he made most of them up on the spot to stop journalists from falling asleep.
He didn’t forget the publishers in his speech, thanking publishers such as Ea, Activision and Microsoft, and then he continued by expressing his gratitude to the fans of his work before saying that he really wants to work harder than he’s ever done.


So there you have it, the winners of the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards (GBAVGAs?) in 2011, but do you think that they are deserved winners? Let us know in the comments!

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