Gaming greats given a medal of real honour ; Bafta Video Games Awards [Sunday Mirror (England)]
(Sunday Mirror (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE great and the good of gaming gathered in a swanky London hotel on Tuesday night for the ninth annual Bafta Video Game Awards.
Hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain and featuring guests such as Jonathan Ross, it was a star-studded occasion that said much about the increasingly mainstream status of what was once considered a nerdy pursuit.
The big winner of the night was Sony's indie hit Journey, which walked off with five gongs including Game Design and Online Multiplayer. More significantly, the awards heralded a sea change that saw downloadable games trump their big-budget brothers.
Arty PlayStation Move title The Unfinished Swan bagged Baftas for Debut Game and Innovation. Meanwhile, iOS puzzler The Room won Best British Game and insanely addictive mobile title New Star Soccer saw off the likes of FIFA 13 to win the Sports/Fitness category.
It was a remarkable set of results that will have given the movers and shakers in the room plenty to think about given the eye- watering sums of money they're about to plough into nextgen gaming.
Of the AAA titles nominated, only Far Cry 3 (Best Action) and the excellent Dishonored (following up its Sunday Mirror Game of 2012 award with Best Game) came away with honours.
The warmest reception was reserved for Gabe Newell, who was presented with a Bafta Academy Fellowship for his lifetime achievement in games. The Valve supremo has not only been responsible for seminal series such as Half-Life and Portal, but also helped kick-start the digital revolution with the PC- distribution service Steam.
Fittingly, Newell's next major project will bring that platform to the living room via the Steam Box console, meaning there will be even more opportunities for talented indie developers to push the boundaries of gaming in the years to come.
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