Last Friday saw the video game BAFTAs take place in London; it is perhaps not the most illustrious of video game awards, having Ant and Dec hand a fellowship award to Shigeru Miyamoto is simply embarrassing, but I must say for once, this year the BAFTAs have properly reflected the games industry, of course there are many games missing off the nominations, but rather than giving the awards to the big games i.e. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the games that strove to be different were instead rewarded for their just causes.
In fact the only award that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 received was the GAME award for 2009, which was decided by public vote. (I however voted for Batman) Why Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 was up for the Artistic Achievement Award is beyond me, however I am very happy for Flower having won; it was a beautiful game.
Left 4 Dead 2 also managed to pick Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 to the post in taking the Best Multiplayer award, alongside FIFA 10 that took the Best Use of Online.
Batman Arkham Asylum scooped up two very prestigious awards of Best Game and Best Gameplay; which was well deserved for the absolute thrill of the fluid combat system that oozed out of Batman.
One rather surprising game to pick up so many awards was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves that picked up Best Action, Best Score, Best Story and Best Use of Audio, which was contending with some very well deserving games.
Of course FIFA 10 won Best Sports, the Handheld award gave Little Big Planet on the PSP some glory, and the great Empire: Total War knocked out some fairly poor competition in Best Strategy
A rather interesting award handed out was the Ones to Watch, which looks solely at Dare to be Digital; a contest in which participants have 10 weeks to create a video game from scratch. This year the award was won by the team; The Butterflyers with their game Shrunk!