Inside earns 4 awards as BAFTA winners announced

Eerie puzzle platformer Inside [official site] has nabbed four awards as the winners of this year’s videogame BAFTAs were announced at the annual ceremony in London. Firewatch and Overcooked were also lathered with attention, winning two awards each. But some skinny bum in a dirty shirt called ‘Nathan’ took home the Best Game award for something called Uncharted 4, which is, like, probably not even that cool, chuh.

You can see the whole list of nominees and the resultant winners in plain writing here (winners in bold) or just ignore the chaff and fills your eyes with the hot wheat below. The highlights for us include Overwatch (Best Multiplayer), Virginia (Music) and Cissy Jones, who won Best Performer for her role as Delilah in Firewatch. Long-time designer Brenda Romero also received a Special Award for contribution to the industry.

Here’s the lowdown on the winners, each with a helpful description from us.

Inside – Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative, Original Property

A small boy puts a family of helpless chicks through a thresher and must live with a steadily bloating guilt.

Firewatch – Debut Game, Best Performer

A male life drawing model chases teenage girls through a park, muttering.

Overcooked – Best Family Game, British Game

Three professional chefs are charged with murder after their mate Greg just gets in the damn way all the time.

The Last Guardian – Audio Achievement

A small boy adopts a furry alligator who regards his master with nothing but a vague look of hunger.

Uncharted 4 – Best Game

An unemployed American alienates his partner by insisting he “knows where to find the treasure”.

Rocket League – Evolving Game

Six cars battle for the affection of a beautiful ball, but she can only marry one of them.

That Dragon, Cancer – Game Innovation

Too sad to joke about, sorry.

Pokemon GO – Best Mobile Game

A small boy is forced into the clandestine world of animal fighting and must avoid muggers on a nightly basis.

Overwatch – Best Multiplayer

Twenty-four colourful misfits go on a cruise but are soon pitted against one another in mortal combat.

Virginia – Best Music

A pair of FBI detectives take psychoactive drugs and forget to do their jobs.

Clash Royale – Esports Audience Award

A king swears to protect his kingdom from encroaching invaders, but only if his citizens make enough microtransactions.

There you have it, the full list of winners. We’re happy to see many good PC games in there. The awards organisation will be back next year for more of its two cents’. BAFTA stands for the British Association For Those Awards.

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21 Comments

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    “A small boy adopts a furry alligator who regards his master with nothing but a vague look of hunger.” You clearly only played five minutes of this game.

    Last Guardian was robbed. The music was fantastic, but audio was not even close to its greatest strength. It should have gotten at least a nomination for Best Game and Narrative and it should have won Artistic Achievement.

    • Brendan Caldwell says:

      You’re wrong.

      I have played 0 minutes of this game.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        Or that. Also: alligator?

        Seriously though, this game is amazing. It’s Ico meets Shadow of the Colossus, meets Ghibli. If Hayao Miyazaki made a game about a boy befriending a giant griffin-cat, this would be it.

        • BooleanBob says:

          Meets Black and White with the creature AI replaced by a crumb-laden plate with an IOU folded neatly on top.

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            Ninja Dodo says:

            You don’t know what you’re talking about. Your failing to understand or engage with the game is no reflection on the quality of its AI. Black & White doesn’t even touch it. Trico is a spectacular achievement in melding AI and animation that no other game comes close to.

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            lasikbear says:

            IDK, if you thought that was a seamless integration of AI and animation wait till you see a Tamogatchi. It’s gonna blow ur mind

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            Ninja Dodo says:

            Hilarious.

            Nothing in games is seamless, but you can ask any games animator (I am one incidentally): Trico is a work of art. What Fumito Ueda and his team achieved with that character is extraordinarily difficult and it is by no means perfect, but it is easily the best interactive AI creature ever made in a videogame and I look forward to other studios attempting to reach the same level.

    • welverin says:

      Five minutes is more than enough to make a silly joke.

  2. shagen454 says:

    INSIDE is such a gem. I was excited for Firewatch but after playing through it I wasn’t that impressed with it.

  3. haldolium says:

    Feels good for INSIDE, really deserves the fame.

    I mean what would Mass Effect: Andromeda be today if every involved animator, rigger, lighting artist, technical artist, game desinger and producer would’ve been forced to play through INSIDE once a week?

    link to youtube.com

    :&things

    • shagen454 says:

      LOL, thank you for that link

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      They would’ve had even less time to make the game than they had.

      Games having bugs or lacking polish on release has nothing to do with devs being uninspired or unaware of other games and everything to do with unrealistic deadlines and out of control scope. Everything must always be bigger and shinier and MORE, else what will the gamers say when they get (gasp) *LESS CONTENT* for their $60 dollars? But it must also be perfectly polished and bug-free and released yesterday because HOW DARE YOU delay this game we’ve been waiting for…

      Me, I’m just going to wait until they’ve had time to release some patches and DLC. Plenty of other games to play in the meantime.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Yeah of course they would pick the terrible Pokemon game released this year and not the best one since Silver/Gold.

    Sad to see Hyper Light Drifter not coming home with any awards.

  5. yogibbear says:

    The only dumb thing was the footage they used for Inside when announcing it as a nominee was ONE MASSIVE SPOILER. And yes that one. BAFTA run by idiots confirmed.

  6. golem09 says:

    I don’t understand why naughty dog still gets showered with awards. It’s like giving the Oscar for best picture to Transformers. It’s just excellently made blandness.

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      Thirith says:

      Blandness or not, it’s excellently made. Can’t really say the same for Transformers.

    • pekingduckman says:

      Yeah I’m rather sick of the media bias as well. They are enjoyable games but I fail to see how that they’re more worthy than other excellent games released last year such as Overwatch, Dishonored 2, Doom, Titanfall 2, Dark Souls 3 etc.

  7. Gothnak says:

    The problem with BAFTA that most people don’t understand is that you have to pay to get nominated, and then pay for a table to collect the award. It’s bloody expensive to win a BAFTA.

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