Video: here’s how BAFTA approaches games and its yearly awards process

BAFTA just held its yearly game awards show last week, during which The Last of Us scooped Game of the Year and four other awards. VG247′s Sam Clay was there to quiz Harvey Elliot; chair of the BAFTA games committee, on just how the judges whittle down the long-list and crown the ultimate winners.


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  • Video: here’s how BAFTA approaches games and its yearly awards process

    BAFTA just held its yearly game awards show last week, during which The Last of Us scooped Game of the Year and four other awards. VG247′s Sam Clay was there to quiz Harvey Elliot; chair of the BAFTA games committee, on just how the judges whittle down the long-list and crown the ultimate winners.

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  • Journey walks home with five BAFTA awards

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  • Gabe Newell to receive BAFTA fellowship

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  • BAFTA 2013 game nominees announced: Journey leads the pack

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  • “Mid-Tier developers will struggle in future,” says Ian Livingstone

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  • Notch to receive BAFTA Special Award

    BAFTA’s announced it’s to reward the Special Award to Mojang’s Markus ‘Notch’ Persson at the BAFTA Video Game Awards next week.

  • BioWare doctors lecture BAFTA on art: watch it now

    BAFTA’s gone up with its annual yearly video games lecture, this time given by BioWare doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk. The pair talk for half an hour before opening up to a half-hour Q&A, chaired by Eurogamer’s Johnny Minkley. The full thing’s over on BAFTA’s site, but there’s a small preview below.

  • Pickford: UK BAFTAS “designed to discourage smaller games”

    Speaking to Spong, iOS developer Ste Pickford has claimed the UK BAFTAs are not suited to the task of awarding excellence in the field of development, saying the entry fee alone “seems designed to discourage smaller games from becoming involved.”

  • LBP2, NFS: Hot Pursuit, Angry Birds among Kids BAFTA nominations

    BAFTA’s announced the list of games nominated within this year’s list of games categories in the Children’s BAFTAs. For best game, the choice is between Kirby’s Epic Yarn, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Pokemon Black & White. In the Kids Choice award, nominations are between Angry Birds Rio, Cut the Rope, FIFA […]

  • BAFTA adds four new games category awards for 2012

    BAFTA has added new categories to its game awards: Debut Game, Online – Browser, Online – Multiplayer and Performer. The Debut award will be handed to a studio releasing its first game during the same year the award is given, and the performance award will be handed to either voice or motion work. The Online […]

  • BAFTA to take video game branch to US

    BAFTA’s just announced that it’s bringing its video games arm to the US.

  • Molyneux wants people to focus more on upcoming talent, likes Minecraft

    Fresh from his BAFTA Fellowship Award last night, Peter Molyneux spoke with IGN about the honor, and how he would like up and coming talent to receive more focus.

  • Mass Effect 2 wins BAFTA for Best Game

    The British game BAFTAs were awarded tonight, and hosted by Dara O’Briain. Lots of people won. Peter Molyneux accepted his BAFTA Fellowship award. It was all very lovely.

  • Peter Molyneux to receive BAFTA Fellowship

    BAFTA’s just confirmed that Lionhead founder Peter Molyneux is to recieve the BAFTA Fellowship award at this year’s Gaming BAFTAs.

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood leads BAFTA nominations

    BAFTA’s announced the full list of nominations for this year’s game awards, with Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood leading the charge with seven.

  • Shigeru Miyamoto’s BAFTA acceptance speech

    Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage at the BAFTA awards tonight to accept the Fellowship Award.

  • BAFTA Winners: Uncharted 2 takes four awards, Batman gets Best Game

    Uncharted 2 walked off with Best Action Game at the BAFTA awards this evening, beating out Assassin’s Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Modern Warefare 2, inFamous, and Left 4 Dead 2. It also took the awards for Use of Audio, Original Score and Story. It’s up for nine awards tonight. The running list of winners […]

  • PSA: Gaming BAFTAs take place tonight

    You probably can’t remember things too well. Good thing we can, otherwise we wouldn’t have remembered to remember to tell you that the Gaming BAFTAs take place later tonight.

  • Miyamoto to be presented with the BAFTA Fellowship Award on March 19

    Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is to receive the Fellowship at this year’s GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.

  • Uncharted 2 has sold over 3.5 million units worldwide

    Earlier in the month when January’s NPD’s were revealed, SCEA’s Jack Tretton mentioned that Uncharted 2 had almost reached the 3 million units sold mark. Well, now it has surpassed that grand figure, having moved over 3.5 million units worldwide.

  • 2009 BAFTA Games Awards to be broadcast live on internet

    BAFTA has confirmed to that its 2009 Games Awards will be broadcast live via the internet for the first time.

  • Molyneux announces Natal support for Fable 3 [Update]

    Update: Minkley’s confirmed it. Original Story: If a tweet from UK industry money man and Gamesbrief founder Nicholas Lovell’s to be believed, Peter Molyneux tonight confirmed that Fable 3 will feature Natal support. Said the note: “Fable 3 will have Natal support. Is that an announcement? #molyneux” Molyneux dropped the nugget in a BAFTA lecture […]

  • Cecil and Gibbons to host Beneath a Steel Sky BAFTA lecture

    Charles Cecil and Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons are to host a BAFTA talk titled “Reinventing A Gaming Classic: iPhone “Beneath A Steel Sky” on October 5. The present and future of narrative-based gaming is the order of the day, and there’s a chance to get stuff signed by the luminaries on the night. The session […]

  • London Games Conference to “tackle biggest issues facing publishers and developers today”

    Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the Shadow Minister for Culture have each been announced to speak at the London Games Conference on October 27 at BAFTA. According to the press release, the conference “will tackle the biggest issues facing publishers and developers today: How to strengthen relationships with their playing customers and how to sell products […]

  • Nolan Bushnell is “a big believer in Wii”

    In a long chat with Kikizo, Nolan Bushnell’s reiterated just how big a fan of Wii he is. “I’m a big believer in the Wii. I love the physicality of the Wii controller, and how you can get the feeling of throwing a bowling ball or swinging a golf club. Those are the kinds of games I […]

  • Bushnell: Online gaming is “not cool”

    Pong creator Nolan Bushnell said at a BAFTA talk last night that online gaming was “not cool,” claiming that face-to-face interaction was the future of games. “Social is buying someone a drink,” he said. “Sitting in a dark room in your underpants talking to thousands of people might seem social, but it’s not cool. The […]

  • COD4 reaches 11 million unique players on Xbox Live

    Infinity Ward’s Rob Bowling revealed during his acceptance speech at the BAFTAs last Tuesday night that Call of Duty 4 has raked-in 15 million unique online players since launch. The split is heavily skewed towards Live. “I’m delighted that we just reached 11 million unique players on Xbox Live and we’ve got over 4 million […]