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Posted on February 20, 2012 by Jack

As the resident British writer on the site, I feel it is my duty to keep you, dear readers, abreast of just what is happening on the other side of the pond. Late last week, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) released their nominations for their annual British Academy Video Games Awards, due to be held on March 16th in London. The awards will be hosted by Dara O’Briain, an Irish television presenter who, whilst not a household name in the States, is a passionate advocate for videogaming, something not too often seen in the mainstream media. 


Whilst some of the nomination leaders won’t be too much of a surprise (Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Portal 2, Skyrim), I must admit I was a little shocked to see L.A. Noire leading the line with eight nominations, and LittleBigPlanet 2 receiving six. Not that either of them are bad games, but it is nice to see some award shows giving out awards based on technical excellence and artistic merit, rather than sales figures and popularity amongst voters (who are often the public).

A selection of the nominees are listed below:

Artistic Achievement

Batman: Arkham City

L.A. Noire

LittleBigPlanet 2

Rayman: Origins

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception


Audio Achievement

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The Nightjar

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception


Best Debut Game



Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

L.A. Noire




Game Innovation


Child Of Eden

From Dust

L.A. Noire

LittleBigPlanet 2

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword



Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps), L.A. Noire

Mark Hamill (The Joker), Batman: Arkham City

Nolan North (Nathan Drake), Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Stephen Fry (Narrator), LittleBigPlanet 2

Stephen Merchant (Wheatley), Portal 2

Togo Igawa (Diplomat, Advisor and Military General), Total War: SHOGUN 2


Other award up on offer include the more typical categories of  Action, Best Game,  Design,  Family, Mobile and Handheld, Online (both browser-based and multiplayer offerings), Sports/Fitness, Story, Strategy, and the GAME Award of 2011 (Public Voting).

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