When the British Academy Video Game Award nominees were announced last month, Jake thought the Gameplay category sounded rather childish. The awards were held tonight, hosted by Irish Lurch-lookalike Dara O’Briain, and so the winners are in.
Because the British Academy realise the public are generally idiots, there are two categories for best game – the British Academy ‘Best Game’ award, and the ‘GAME Award of 2008’ voted for by the public.
The BAFTA for Best Game, as presented by Kirsty “would” Gallacher, went to Super Mario Galaxy. Didn’t that come out in 2007? Nevermind. Well done Nintendo.
The public voted Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare the winner of the GAME Award of 2008. Wasn’t that out in 2007 too? What’s wrong with these people? Call of Duty 4 also picked up the coveted and mildly childish Gameplay award. Because, when you think innovative gameplay, you think war-based first person shooter… Call of Duty 4 also picked up the Story & Character award… well, ok then!
Other notable winners were Race Driver: Grid for the Sports game award, and Boom Blox for the Casual game award. Maybe I exaggerated when I said notable. Though Professor Layton and the Curious Village picked up the award for best Handheld game. LittleBigPlanet also picked up the Artistic Achievement award, so well done it.
The winner list looks like this:
- Gameplay: Call of Duty 4
- Casual: Boom Blox
- Sports: Race Driver: Grid
- Story and Character: Call of Duty 4
- Strategy: Civilisation Revolution
- Best use of Audio: Dead Space
- New Talent: Boro Toro
- Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead
- Best Technical Achievement: Spore
- Original Score: Dead Space
- Handheld: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
- People’s Choice: Call of Duty 4
- Artistic Achievement: LittleBigPlanet
- Best Action and Adventure: Fable II
- Best Game: Super Mario Galaxy
More of the winners can be seen here.