Gaming BAFTAs

Paul Hearne posted on his blog about the gaming BAFTAs and how Modern Warfare 2, although nominated for nine awards, won none.

Now I know that being nominated, or being a groundbreaking commercial success doesn’t guarantee a win…..but missing out on every category? Surely that’s more bifter than BAFTA? Not a sausage for Hans Zimmerman? A travesty!

So who won what?

From: The winners and nominations for the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards on Friday 19 March.

Action: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Artistic Achievement: Flower

Best Game: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Family & Social: Wii Sports Resort

Gameplay: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Handheld: LittleBigPlanet (PSP)

Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead 2

Original Score: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Sports: FIFA 10

Story: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Strategy: Empire: Total War

Use of Audio: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Use of Online: FIFA 10

Ones To Watch Award: Shrunk!

GAME Award of 2009 (voted for by the public): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Seems like the BAFTA people only had Uncharted 2 to play…..but anyway. Some of these winners, I really don’t agree with.

Action…..Original score…..Use of Audio….for three. But the one I have the biggest issue with is Artistic Achievement. I’ve not played Flower, nor am I familiar with the title so I looked it up on YouTube:

It’s pretty. The grass effect is nice and all that. But what was it up against? Assassin’s Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Streetfighter IV, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I don’t know what the criteria is for “artistic achievement” is but out of all those games one stands out more than the others to me. That title is……Assassin’s Creed II.

I always thought that the core purpose of art was to provoke an emotional response (or outrage if you’re a “modern artist”) which is why I’m surprised that Flower claimed the title for Artistic Achievement. Batman, Modern Warfare 2, and Uncharted 2 all do a very good job of setting the scene and immersing you (the initial Asylum scenes in Batman as pretty disturbing…) but Assassins Creed II pretty much replicates Medieval Italy down to the last pebble. I’ve been to many of the places featured in the game and actually walked in the virtual footsteps of the main character. The only thing that’s missing from the game are the smells (especially on the Venice levels – mmmmm stink!).

In a nutshell, I’m disappointed with the BAFTA choices. Not because Modern Warfare 2 failed to win anything, but because the choices don’t seem to add up.

Does anyone know how the BAFTA peeps make their choices? I’d be interested to know how they arrived at their decisions.

Peas and loaves

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3 thoughts on “Gaming BAFTAs

  1. Ahhh thanks for posting a more detailed view on the results.

    I did a brief one for 2 reasons, 1 being I was on my way out so rushed it on quickly and 2, being new to console gaming I don’t have the knowledge or experience to give a viewpoint seeing as I have played is MW2.

    • Thanks for posting the original discussion, I didn’t even know there were gaming BAFTAs.

      I’m no expert on the world of gaming and have little experience of many of the games listed but some of their decisions smell of haddock.

  2. Well apparently it’s getting bigger every year with more and more ‘stars’ appearing there as well.

    The reason? Well apparently gaming is now the biggest finincial institution in respect of entertainment – who’d have thought it, it even beats music by all accounts but I guess thats probably down to what article you read.

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