March 11, 2009

Call of Duty 4 Takes Home 3 Baftas

The 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts video game ceremony awarded Call of Duty 4 with three prizes, BBC News reported.

The biggest surprise of the ceremony was the announcement of the premiere award of the evening, given to Super Mario Galaxy for game of the year.

Almost equally shocking was best-selling title GTA IV winning no awards, despite being nominated in seven separate categories.

TV presenters Jonathan Ross and Konnie Huq were among those presenting the fifteen video Baftas this year.

First-person shooter Call of Duty took the awards for Gameplay; Story and Character and was picked as the People's Choice.

Dead Space won for Best Use of Audio and Best Original Score and was the only other title to win more than one award.

British game makers were represented with Codemasters and Lionhead getting awards for their work on Race Driver: Grid and Fable II respectively. Steven Spielberg won an award for his work on casual game Boom Blox for the Nintendo Wii.

Bafta, which has been giving out awards to the games industry since 1998, hands out awards to video games representing "the very best in artistic, creative and technical innovation in video games".

Mock The Week contributor and stand-up comedian Dara O'Briain, an avid gamer himself who describes his playing habits as "midway between hardcore and casual", hosted the event.

A fellowship award was also given to Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and the man who created the first ever mass-market video game, Pong.

Last years even created controversy, as some of the nominated titles had not actually been released yet or completed by the time of their nomination.

This year's ceremony was delayed until March 2009 to avoid clashing with the Golden Joysticks and to give judges more time to rate the games that were nominated.


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