2012 and early 2013 have seen some dramatic and positive changes in gaming, culminating with the launch of the Wii U last Christmas and the announcement of the next generation last month with the Playstation 4. In a refreshing change, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have awarded innovators and progressive developers in the 2013 Video Game awards.
Undoubtedly the standout winner was thatgamecompany’s Journey, PSN’s fascinating and experimental masterpiece, which scooped a whopping five wins in different categories. Indeed, not a single major series won awards apart from Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 which grabbed Best Action game, a well-deserved win in a list full of great shooters. In an equally interesting decision, BAFTA named Arkane’s Dishonored as their game of the year. One of the few physical releases with a new IP, Dishonored was one of our favourite games of last year and it is good to see it being recognised.
These awards just go to show that gaming really is moving in new and exciting directions, and we here at DG simply cannot wait to see what the future holds.
THE FULL LIST OF AWARDS:
BEST ACTION – Far Cry 3
GAME INNOVATION – Journey
ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT – Journey
BEST MOBILE AND HANDHELD – The Walking Dead
AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT – Journey
BEST ONLINE (BROWSER-BASED) – SongPop
ONES TO WATCH – Starcrossed
BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER – Journey
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Journey
BEST BRITISH GAME – The Room
BEST PERFORMER – Danny Wallace (Thomas Was Alone)
BEST DEBUT GAME – The Unfinished Swan
BEST SPORT/FITNESS – New Star Soccer
BEST FAMILY GAME – Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
BEST STORY – The Walking Dead
BEST STRATEGY – X-Com: Enemy Unknown
BEST GAME DESIGN – Journey
BAFTA FELLOWSHIP – Gabe Newell (Valve)
BEST GAME - Dishonored