GAME BRITISH ACADEMY VIDEO GAMES AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Wednesday 11th March/...Tonight, Steven Spielberg claimed his third BAFTA mask, but this time it was not for a film but for his début as a games creator with his Boom Blox winning the BAFTA in the Casual category, outplaying Guitar Hero, LittleBigPlanet, Singstar Vol 2, Wii Fit and Buzz! Quiz TV.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which plunges its players into the frenzied epicentre of a 21st century war zone won for Gameplay, Story&Character and also proved to be the public's game of choice, winning the GAME Award of 2008 with a record 60,000 gamers casting their votes this year. The shortlist of titles in the public award category were derived from the top-selling games sold in GAME stores in 2008. 

The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, were hosted by games aficionado Dara O'Briain who described  these times as a 'Golden Age' for video games. Consoles like the Wii, and handheld devices like the PSP, DS and iPhone have revolutionised the gaming world and made games accessible to all ages, making what was once described as a rather solitary hobby for teenage boys into a very social and stimulating leisure pursuit for the whole family. This year's winners certainly showcase the creative innovation taking place in the games sector.

Dead Space, the bone-chilling, deep space, horror survival game took the coveted BAFTA mask in both sound categories (Use of Audio and Original Score) evoking a genuinely scary atmosphere onboard the game's deserted space ship.  One of the most fiercely contended awards, Artistic Achievement, went to the stitched and glued 3D world that is LittleBigPlanet while the Technical Achievement BAFTA went to Spore, which allows players to control the development of a species from its beginnings as a single cell organism, to an intelligent and social creature, a tribe, a civilisation and then once uploaded to the internet, interacting with other civilisations. 

In the Strategy category, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, the latest iteration of a game which first appeared 15 years ago, proved that strategy games requiring clever thinking, tactical planning and logistical exploration are as compelling today as they were last century.

FIFA 09 and Football Manager took on Wii Fit, but it was Race Driver: GRID which outraced the monster trucks and rally cars of Motorstorm Pacific Rift and the off-road quad bikes of PURE to claim the BAFTA for Sport. 

Left 4 Dead took the BAFTA in the Multiplayer category, Fable II won in Action and Adventure, while Professor Layton and the Curious Village was victorious in the Handheld category.  This year's highly-prized Best Game went to Super Mario Galaxy which fought off very stiff competition from Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare, Fable II, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV and Rock Band.

The Academy is keen to nurture and encourage the up-and-coming stars in games, as well as recognising those at the peak of their talent. This year's ceremony also included The BAFTA Ones To Watch Award. Working with the University of Abertay and its Dare To be Digital competition, this award was contended by three groups of university graduates who had each designed a new game prototype. The winning game was Boro-Toro, designed by a team calling themselves DarkMatter Designs.

The climax of the evening saw Jonathan Ross present the Academy's highest honour, the Fellowship, to one of the founding fathers of the video games industry, electrical engineer, entrepreneur and founder of Atari inc, Nolan Bushnell. Credited by many for kick-starting the video games revolution, his Pong was the first videogame to achieve widespread popularity in both the arcade and home console markets. 

In an exclusive Q&A at BAFTA on March 19, Nolan Bushnell will discuss the past, present and future of social gaming*.

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(**For full winners list - see below.)

NOTES TO EDITORS

About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the UK's leading organisation dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the fields of the moving image.

About the judging process:

Games were entered by developers and publishers into all the categories listed in this release and were initially voted on by BAFTA games members and  approximately 200 additional industry experts via a secure website.  The titles garnering the most votes went through to the category-specific juries who received the games approximately six weeks prior to making their nominations. Each juror signed confidentiality papers and cast their votes in writing. The results in each category are not known until the envelope is opened on the night.

* The Nolan Bushnell Q&A takes place at BAFTA from 6pm, Thursday 19 March (tickets£7.50, please book in advance. Price includes champagne reception. BAFTA members free). Go to www.bafta.org/whats-on or contact Dave Green on 07742 711026 or 0207 734 0022.

About GAME:

GAME is Europe's leading specialist retailer of pc and video game products. Since the start of trading in 1991 with 11 stores in the UK, it has grown both organically and through acquisition to a chain of over 1,300 outlets in January 2009. It operates stores in ten countries, supported by eCommerce websites. Online retail is located at www.game.co.uk.

About the GAME Award of 2008

Each panellist was sent a list in advance of the top selling games sold in GAME stores in 2008 and selected their top 10 plus up to three more suggestions of their own.  These results were collated and a shortlist of 20 was drawn up. The panel then convened on January 22 2009 at BAFTA and after various stages of discussion, reached a shortlist of 10 for the public to vote upon. Voting took place at www.baftagameaward.com and was open to anyone to vote from around the world between February 10 - midday on March 7. More than 60,000 votes were cast.

For further corporate information, log onto www.gamegroup.plc.uk.

 

About the GAME Award of 2008 The panel: Johnny Minkley - Eurogamer, Alex Wiltshire - Edge, Steve Boxer - The Guardian, Jason Bradbury - The Gadget Show, Jonathan Weinberg - News of the World, Adam Rosser - Radio Five Live, Michael French - MCV&Develop, Martin Stanford - Sky News, Ross Atherton - PC Gamer, Jon Hicks - Official X Box Magazine, Tom Clark - Official Playstation magazine, Neil Long - Official Nintendo magazine, Nick Cowen - The Daily Telegraph, Keith Chegwin - gamer,  Rhianna Pratchett - writer and freelance Margaret Robertson.

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Nominated - normal type

Winners - bold type

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ACTION&ADVENTURE

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space

Glen Schofield, Chuck Beaver, Bret Robbins

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Fable II

Development Team

Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Prince Of Persia

Ben Mattes, Jean-Christophe Guyot

Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Tomb Raider: Underworld

Development Team

Crystal Dynamics/Eidos

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

Assassin's Creed

Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais

Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space

Ian Milham

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Gears of War 2

Development Team

Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios

LittleBigPlanet

Kareem Ettouney, Mark Healey, Leo Cubbin

Media Molecule&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Yoji Shinkawa

Kojima Productions/Konami Digital Entertainment

BEST GAME

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Fable II

Development Team

Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studio

Fallout 3

Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo, Gavin Carter

Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Rock Band

Alex Rigopulos, Eran Egozy, Mike Dornbrook

Harmonix Music Systems/MTV Games

Super Mario Galaxy

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

CASUAL

Boom Blox

Steven Spielberg, Louis Castle, Amir Rahimi

Electronic Arts LA/Electronic Arts

Buzz! Quiz TV

David Amor, Andrew Eades, Lee Clare

Relentless Software&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Guitar Hero: World Tour

Development Team

Neversoft/Activision

LittleBigPlanet

Mark Healey, Dave Smith, Pete Smith

Media Molecule&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

SingStar Vol. 2

Vera So, Gillian Connole, Kevin Mason

SCE London Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Wii Fit

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

GAMEPLAY

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Left 4 Dead

Gabe Newell, Mike Booth, Chet Faliszek

Valve/Valve

Mario Kart Wii

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

Rock Band

Alex Rigopulos, Dan Teasdale, Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom

Harmonix Music Systems/MTV Games

Super Mario Galaxy

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

HANDHELD

Geometry Wars: Galaxies

Development Team

Doublesix/Sierra

God of War: Chains of Olympus

Development Team

Ready at Dawn&SCE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

Patapon

Development Team

Pyramid&SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

Soul Bubbles

Olivier Lejade, Omar Cornut, Frederick Raynal

Mekensleep/Eidos

MULTIPLAYER

Buzz! Quiz TV

David Amor, Andrew Eades, Lee Clare

Relentless Software XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Gears of War 2

Development Team

Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios

Left 4 Dead

Gabe Newell, Mike Booth, Chet Faliszek

Valve/Valve

Mario Kart Wii

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

Rock Band

Alex Rigopulos, Kasson Crooker

Harmonix Music Systems/MTV Games

ORIGINAL SCORE

Assassin's Creed

Jesper Kyd

Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Dead Space

Jason Graves, Don Veca

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Fable II

Russell Shaw

Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3

Inon Zur

Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks Europe

LittleBigPlanet

Kenneth Young, Mat Clark, Daniel Pemberton

Media Molecule&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Harry Gregson-Williams

Kojima Productions/Konami Digital Entertainment

SPORTS

FIFA 09

Andrew Wilson, David Rutter, Gary Paterson

EA Canada/Electronic Arts

Football Manager 2009

Development Team

Sports Interactive/SEGA

Motorstorm Pacific Rift

Development Team

Evolution Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment

Pure

Development Team

Black Rock Studios/Disney Interactive Studios

Race Driver: GRID

Development Team

Codemasters Studios/Codemasters

Wii Fit

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

STORY AND CHARACTER

Assassin's Creed

Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais

Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Fable II

Development Team

Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3

Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo

Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Mass Effect

Casey Hudson, Drew Karpyshyn, Derek Watts

Bioware/Electronic Arts

STRATEGY

Advance Wars: Dark Conflict

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3

Development Team

EA Los Angeles/Electronic Arts

Ninjatown

Brandon Curiel, Jeremy Pope, Shawn Smith

Venan in conjunction with Cashmere Productions&Shawnimals/SouthPeak Games

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

Development Team

Firaxis Games/2K Games

SOCOM: US Navy Seals Tactical Strike

Development Team

Slant Six Games&SCE Foster City Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise

Gary Richards, Paul Machacek, Joe Humfrey

Rare/THQ

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Assassin's Creed

Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais

Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Fable II

Development Team

Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3

Todd Howard, Guy Carver

Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

LittleBigPlanet

Alex Evans, Dave Smith, Leo Cubbin

Media Molecule&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Spore

Development Team

Electronic Arts Montreal/Electronic Arts

USE OF AUDIO

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Development Team

Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space

Don Veca

Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Gears of War 2

Development Team

Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV

Development Team

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

LittleBigPlanet

Kenneth Young, Mark Healey, Leo Cubbin

Media Molecule&XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Super Mario Galaxy

Development Team

Nintendo/Nintendo

THE BAFTA FELLOWSHIP

Nolan Bushnell

BAFTA ONES TO WATCH AWARD in association with Dare to Be Digital

Boro-Toro

Adam Westwood, Graham Ranson, Yves Wheeler, Matthew Booton, Owen Schwehr (DarkMatter Designs)

Origamee

Richard Barlow, Alberto Fustinoni, Jonathon Holmes, Kevin Dunlop, Jade Law

(Blue Skies)

VegeMe

Guo Lin, Gao Ting, Zhang Jun, Laing Wei, Alexander Syminton

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GAME Award of 2008

(The only award to be voted for by the public)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Infinity Ward/Activision

Fallout 3

Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Software Europe

Gears of War 2

Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV

Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Guitar Hero World Tour

Neversoft/Activision

Left 4 Dead

Valve/Valve

LittleBigPlanet

Media Molecule&XDEV Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Nintendo/Nintendo

Wii Fit

Nintendo/Nintendo

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About BAFTA:

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the UK's leading organisation dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the fields of the moving image. Renowned for its high profile Film&Television Awards ceremonies, the prestigious BAFTA mask has long been seen as a symbol of excellence.

About the judging process:

Games were entered by developers and publishers into all the categories listed in this release and were initially voted on by BAFTA games members and  approximately 200 additional industry experts via a secure website.

The titles garnering the most votes went through to the category-specific juries who received the games approximately six weeks prior to making their nominations.

Each juror signed confidentiality papers and cast their votes in writing. The results in each category are not known until the envelope is opened on the night.

*The Nolan Bushnell Q&A takes place at BAFTA from 6pm, Thursday 19 March, at 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN (tickets£7.50, please book  in advance. Price includes champagne reception. BAFTA members free). Go to www.bafta.org/whats-on or contact Dave Green on 07742 711026 or 0207 734 0022.

About GAME:

GAME is Europe's leading specialist retailer of pc and video game products. Since the start of trading in 1991 with 11 stores in the UK, it has grown both organically and through acquisition to a chain of over 1,300 outlets in January 2009. It operates stores in ten countries, supported by eCommerce websites. Online retail is located at www.game.co.uk.

For further corporate information, log onto www.gamegroup.plc.uk.

About the GAME Award of 2008

Each panellist was sent a list in advance of the top selling games sold in GAME stores in 2008 and selected their top 10plus up to 3 more suggestions of their own.  These results were collated and a shortlist of 20 was drawn up. The panel then convened on January 22 2009 at BAFTA and after various stages of discussion, reached a shortlist of 10 for the public to vote upon. Voting took place at www.baftagameaward.com and was open to anyone to vote from around the world between February 10 - midday on March 7. More than 60,000 votes were cast.

The panel:  Johnny Minkley - Eurogamer, Alex Wiltshire - Edge, Steve Boxer - The Guardian, Jason Bradbury - The Gadget Show, Jonathan Weinberg - The News of the World, Adam Rosser - Radio Five Live, Michael French - MCV&Develop, Martin Stanford - Sky News, Ross Atherton - PC Gamer, Jon Hicks - Official X Box Magazine, Tom Clark - Official Playstation magazine, Neil Long - Official Nintendo magazine, Nick Cowen - The Daily Telegraph, Keith Chegwin - gamer,  Rhianna Pratchett - writer and freelance Margaret Robertson.


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