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Surprises at the BAFTA awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have awards every year and they’re one of the few mainstream organizations to recognize achievements in gaming. Winning games get a ton of attention, but it’s not just about the exposure. It’s great to see game developers recognized and winning little statues for their incredible creations. This year’s BAFTAs gave recognition to a wide variety of games, but its biggest awards raised some eyebrows.

Here is the full list of winners as reported by the BBC:

  • Best game: Destiny (Bungie)
  • British game: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Debut game: Never Alone (Upper One Games)
  • Story: The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog)
  • Performer: Ashley Johnson for The Last of Us: Left Behind
  • Artistic achievement: Lumino City (State of Play)
  • Audio achievement: Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly)
  • Family game: Minecraft (console editions) (Mojang/4J Studios)
  • Game design: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • Game innovation: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)
  • Mobile and handheld game: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Multiplayer game: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Music: Far Cry 4 (Cliff Martinez, Tony Gronick and Jerome Angelot)
  • Original property: Valiant Hearts (Ubisoft Studios)
  • Persistent game: League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Sport game: OlliOlli (Roll7)
  • Ones to watch: Chambara (Overly Kinetic)
  • Bafta fellowship: David Braben, of Frontier Developments

Ashley Johnson beat out Kevin Spacey for the best performance – it’s her second time grabbing this award for The Last of Us. Monument Valley snagged a whole bunch of awards, and Alien Isolation picked up its expected kudos for audio achievement. The big surprise of the night came in the best game category. Destiny won the award despite being up against games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, Shadow of Mordor, and Alien: Isolation. What were the judges thinking? Destiny has some cool elements and is all about potential, but I wouldn’t give it this award over those other contenders. No way!

Do you agree with these awards or do you think someone was drinking too much of the Activision kool-aid?

Last Updated: March 13, 2015

36 Comments

  1. Jaded_Reprobate

    March 13, 2015 at 11:33

    Destiny for best game…. disconnect much?

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 13, 2015 at 11:38

      Surprises indeed

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    • Metal Rabbit

      March 13, 2015 at 12:10

      MAJOR. Or maybe mainstream just doesn’t care for proper intellectual engagement these days. Can’t fathom why though…

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief

    March 13, 2015 at 11:36

    HUH?

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    March 13, 2015 at 11:38

    • Darthdad

      March 13, 2015 at 11:45

      Yea, he played the little girl. Incredible performance!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        March 13, 2015 at 11:50

        XD

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        • Chaos Lord Norm

          March 13, 2015 at 12:01

          That game can still surprise you.

          Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      March 13, 2015 at 11:46

      Yes, you know that section where you had to defend the line but the clickers just got through?

      Reply

      • CAE9872

        March 13, 2015 at 12:02

        He was in Gears of War? That had clickers too…

        Reply

    • Kikmi

      March 13, 2015 at 14:57

      Matthew got one helluva tan.

      Reply

  4. Pariah

    March 13, 2015 at 11:52

    I smell a pay-off somewhere. And it’s not even local government. Who’d have thunk?

    Reply

    • Gardos

      March 13, 2015 at 11:55

      Word of the day: “thunk”.

      I shall now use that whenever possible. Thank you!

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      • Gardos

        March 13, 2015 at 11:55

        * Thunk you

        Reply

        • Pariah

          March 13, 2015 at 12:00

          thunk
          ~Hillbilly terminoligy for thought
          “Who would have thunk it?”

          Reply

      • Brady miaau

        March 13, 2015 at 12:18

        Grace Under Fire!

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  5. CAE9872

    March 13, 2015 at 12:01

    Well it isn’t that far fetched. There are millions of players out there that love that game. So maybe the panel made up of similar like-minded individuals. The mechanics brilliant; game looks great; it works online which bloody well helps; story atrocious (but not everyone likes a good story in their gaming); levelling system is innovative.

    Am I surprised – yes; scandal of year – no.

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    • Pariah

      March 13, 2015 at 12:07

      Millions? O_o

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      • CAE9872

        March 13, 2015 at 12:08

        Yip millions! You go look at the concurrent players and it is millions; well when I last looked which was about a month ago.

        Reply

  6. Ranting Raptor

    March 13, 2015 at 12:08

    (β€’_β€’) ….. I guess you could say

    ( β€’_β€’)>??-?

    (??_?) …….It was its destiny

    YEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

    Reply

    • CAE9872

      March 13, 2015 at 12:08

      LOL

      Reply

    • Pariah

      March 13, 2015 at 12:12

      Which article did you copy/paste that from?

      Try something new next time. Like your 7 E’s.

      Reply

      • Ranting Raptor

        March 13, 2015 at 12:13

        I actually have the page for this bookmarked lol

        http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/puts-on-sunglasses-yeeeeaaahhh

        Reply

        • Pariah

          March 13, 2015 at 12:15

          hahaha, knew it.

          Reply

          • Ranting Raptor

            March 13, 2015 at 12:20

            πŸ™‚ I shall use it forever!

          • Pariah

            March 13, 2015 at 12:21

            Just like we’ll keep pointing out 7. Like the amount of E’s you typed in that first comment.

            Ah the circle of life.

          • Ranting Raptor

            March 13, 2015 at 12:37

            I shall just continue to ignore 7. I count like this now:

            “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9……”

          • Pariah

            March 13, 2015 at 12:38

            Denial is the first stage of recovery, so that’s ok. πŸ™‚

          • nortee

            March 13, 2015 at 12:44

            I thought that denial is not just one of the *seven* rivers in Egypt… Γ”o

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      March 13, 2015 at 13:08

      You could… but you shouldn’t πŸ˜‰

      Reply

  7. Jonah Cash

    March 13, 2015 at 12:43

    If you played Destiny and were part of the millions who actually LOVED it like I was then this isn’t suppose to be a surprise!! Just the fact that their launch wasn’t a complete and utter nightmare should have gotten them this prize!!

    Reply

  8. James Anderton

    March 13, 2015 at 14:47

    The sound for Alien Isolation was amazing, so at least they got that one right.

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  9. Rob

    March 13, 2015 at 15:52

    Hahaha Dragon Age Inquisition game of the year for sure and OlliOlli best sport game wahahahaha

    Reply

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