Posts Tagged ‘bafta’

BAFTA noms: Inside, Firewatch, Dishonored 2, Overwatch

Although the Britain of tomorrow will be merely the county of Kent surrounded by 100-foot high razor wire, I am confident that the BAFTAs will endure forever. Long-established and highly coveted by the black tie crowd, they’re one of those award shows which tend to reward the already successful, which can make them rather safe and predictable. Still, bar a deluge for PS4 system-seller Uncharted 4, this year’s crop of nominations isn’t quite as staid as it might have been.

The darkly delicious platform adventure Inside [official site] is the PC title that scores the most winks. I can get behind that (though John very much would not), but it’s good to see the likes of ABZU, Stardew Valley, EVE Online and Hitman nominated, alongside the more predictable likes of Dishonored 2, Firewatch and Overwatch. Mind you, I think pretty much every game that pierced public consciousness last year has some kind of nod here.
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British Academy Games Awards 2016: All The Winners

The gaming Baftas (which are more properly referred to as the British Academy Games Awards) have concluded and, while I assume a dedicated few will remain on the Twitch chat channel copy pasting “LIFE IS STRANGE” and “UNDERTALE!” into the chat box I suspect others may have missed the show SO! in the interests of keeping you up to date here is the full list of winners:

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Wins For Braben, Mordor And Alien: BAFTA Game Awards

Last night, BAFTA gathered in London to dish out sinister metal masks to a chosen few gamesfolk who had been found worthy of such an honour. I tend to be dismissive of Awards Shows, unless something that I really like wins a tiny trophy – then I’m quite happy and momentarily convinced that the world is just and right. It happened with Cave Johnson at this year’s Academy Awards (I’m ambivalent about Birdman) and at the 2015 BAFTA Game Awards it happened with…Destiny as best game? Oh no. Full results below.

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BAFTA Opens 2015 Young Game Designers Competition

YGD

Heyo – if you don’t follow the BAFTA Games Twitter feed you might have missed this one – the Young Game Designers competition has come round again and is now accepting entries.

The competition is for 10 – 18-year-olds (which I suppose is one definition of young, although I still get ID-ed I’ll have you know) who have ideas for games or fancy trying to make one themselves. Even if that’s not you, I figure you might have some younger relatives or kids of your own who might be interested in taking part.

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BAFTA Chat: A Couple Of Hours With Ken Levine

Last week BioShock’s Ken Levine appeared at BAFTA to give a presentation on “the mission of Irrational Games”, and of course to talk about BioShock: Infinite. This was followed by being interviewed on stage by the very lovely Mr Simon Parkin, for an hour. Why am I telling you? Because you can now watch the entire thing, just below this sentence.

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Doctoral: Bioware Lecture At BAFTA


The Drs Bioware recently lectured at BAFTA in London, talking to the assembled throng about the art of making RPGs, with particular reference to some fairly big games they’ve made recent, the Mass Effects and The Old Republic. They even bravely attempt to answer questions fielded by the BAFTA audience. I’ve posted an except below (via VG247) a more extensive version of the thing can be seen over here on BAFTA Guru. It’s worth a watch.
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BAFTA Publicly Praises Size Five’s Privates

"Thank you for honouring my game about diseased genitals"

If your only exposure to Size Five’s size five Privates is through this esteemed periodical, you may believe that it is little more more than a flimsy excuse for us to make jokes about willies. Not true. Last night, at the British Academy Children’s Awards, Privates won in the ‘Learning – Secondary’ category. This involved beating off competition from the likes of erstwhile Naked Chef and Turkey Twizzler basher Jamie Oliver. You can see footage of Dan Marshall’s acceptance speech and a brief interview by selecting the category on the right here.

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Will Wright Is A “BAFTA Guru”

Be inspired, or else.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts doesn’t just hand out awards these days, it’s also about trying to inspire people to be excellent in the first place. (It is very much the austere British charity version of Bill & Ted’s philosophy.) To help do this they’ve created BAFTA Guru, which gets successful arts types to talk about their work. Most recently the focus on videogames has been turned up, and BAFTA now send word that their games-focused mini-site now hosts videos from Will Wright, David Braben, Peter Molyneux, and others, all talking about things that interest and inspire them in their work. BAFTA says all this is set to expand, and report that “in the New Year users will be able to upload their own content to the site to discuss with others.”

To celebrate this BAFTA have released a (very) brief clip of Will Wright talking about videogame addiction, which you can see below.
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Gongs: BAFTA Video Game Award Winners

The weeping face of a Rockstar fan statue.

Games had their BAFTAs tonight – the British equivalent of the Oscar (in the same way as Diggerland is the British equivalent of Disney World) – and prizes were awarded. It’s super-fabbo that BAFTA recognises games in this way. As much as I’ve written stupid things all the way through this, it’s a mark of legitimacy that is welcome. But who won what, you demand to know, slamming your fist down on the table, scaring a child. For goodness sake, calm down. They’re below.

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Subversion Unveiled


Last night at BAFTA in London the handsome men of Introversion sat on stage to chat about their more recent launch, that of Darwinia+ on XBLA. It’s Darwinia and Multiwinia combined for console-dude fun-times. What was a little more interesting, however, was that they did a demo of their next game, Subversion. Chris admits cheerfully that it’s probably a year until they should be doing a demo… but they did it anyway.
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Obvious Game BAFTA Noms Announced

We don’t have Oscars in the UK. Instead, all the major film directors gather on a hillside in Gloucestershire, and roll enormous wheels of cheese towards the fields below. The director who concusses the most cows (or sheep, but they’re only worth half a point) with his cheese wins a BAFTA. Who can forget the scandal in 2006, when Martin Scorsese knocked out an unprecedented 13 bullocks, but was later disqualified when judges discovered he’d rubbed a particularly drowsy brand of cough medicine into the rind of his Red Leicester? The relatively new game-centric BAFTA competition, however, uses a far less conventional form of judging known as ‘voting.’ How curious. The nominations are in, and they’re a surprising, thrilling roster of snnndszzzzzn. Grummfwhut? Oh, sorry, I fell asleep there.
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If Only We Could Talk To The Introversion…

Now, that would be something. AND IT WILL BE. While the 360 release of Introversion’s Darwinia+ isn’t RPS’ business, their launch event at BAFTA crosses over into our world for three reasons. Firstly, it’s a developer Q&A whose topics include “Which is better, Xbox or PC?”. Well, PC, obv. Secondly, I’m actually the chair and will be both prying truth from the Introversion boys and selecting raised hands from the audience. Thirdly, you get a free drink if you buy a ticket. Yay drinks! Anyway, it’s on February 19th and tickets are available now for a fiver each. Do come.