We have this never ending quest for the general populace to accept gaming as a legitimate... something. Art, maybe, or maybe just anything other than a thing that people frown at when they hear it's your hobby.
So now we have a games event at the BAFTAs. This is great news, or at least it should be. The BAFTA awards are generally quite well regarded. Yay, we're all prestigious now! Or not... yeah, they cocked it up.
I used to work in advertising. Specifically, I worked at an agency that prided itself on being one of the most awarded agencies in the world. This sounded impressive at first, but eventually one starts to realise that it's all a load of crap. You pay to enter your work for nomination, and the people doing the judging was often full of planted people all lobbying for specific pieces to win.
But it does create a good show for those who don't know any better. And the BAFTAs would have been a good place for such a good show, if not for the glaring ick.
I won't pick the whole thing apart, just going to focus on one thing.
EXHIBIT A: The nominees for the Strategy category for 2012.
Total War: SHOGUN 2 (winner)
Football Manager 2012
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
The immediate mistake here is that only two of the nominees are actually strategy games. In 2013 it got worse:
EXHIBIT B: The nominees for the Strategy category for 2013.
Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
Football Manager 2013
Great Big War Game
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Ok, half the nominees this year are actually strategy games, so that could be an improvement, but one is an expansion for last year's winner. We got Football Manager again, with a shiny new "2013" to set it apart from last year's entry. The Dark Souls "Prepare To Die" edition makes an appearance this year, as if it's a whole different thing from just plain Dark Souls.
And yeah... Diablo III. I bet everyone's favourite strategy is the one where you go click click click click click click click click click click click.
While I realise there can't be categories for every genre and sub genre of game, some of these are just too much of a stretch.