Britain’s soon-to-be-favourite gaming podcast, The Gamebrit Podcast returns for a 28th episode, and this week we talk gaming and Britain.
We continue to break down the cultural divide between England and Scotland, before getting down to business to talk videogame: Baftas, Lego Rock Band puns, awful segues, franchise sequels and the BBC’s weird upcoming Grand Theft Auto TV thing.
Games discussed this week: GTA5’s heists update, Valiant Hearts, Counterspy, Transistor, Apotheon.
BAFTA are offering independent British game developers the opportunity to exhibit their game at the BAFTA Inside Games Arcade booth at EGX Rezzed in London. The event, which had 75,000 visitors in 2014. runs 12-14th March at Tobacco Dock.
Developers have until February 2nd to submit their game to BAFTA, those picked will have the opportunity to show off their work for free over the course of the three day event. Even if the game has been released, it can provide developers with some much needed exposure in the capital.
Full terms and conditions can be found with including registrations details at the BAFTA site.
Student game developers DOS Studios, picked up the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award at the the British Academy Games Awards thanks to their nomination through the Dare to be Digital contest.
Dare to be Digital is an eight-week student game design contest ran by the Abertay University in Dundee each summer. It is the only way through to a One to Watch Award nomination.
The winning game, Size DOES Matter, is a side-scroling action game for mobile devices in which the player as to match different sized blocks to a continuous series of gaps. It was created by Mattis Delerud, Nick La Rooy, Trond Fasteraune, Silje Dahl and Lars Andersen.
The game also won a £25,000 prize as part of the Channel 4 award at last years Dare ProtoPlay games festival, allowing an updated version of the game to be published later this year by Channel 4.
Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us swept us at this years British Academy Games Awards picking up five of the seven awards for which it was nominated.
The post-apocalyptic survival game picked up awards for best action and adventure title, best story, best audio achievement, best performer (for Ashely Johnson as Ellie) and the nights biggest award, Best Game.
It was a excellent night for British developers with Rockstar also picking up four awards.
The Edinburgh-based developer picked up best British game, best game design, best multiplayer and the BAFTA fellowship award, presented by Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima, for Grand Theft Auto V.
More than a fortnight after the main awards the British Academy of Film and Television Arts begins its countdown for the gaming awards, set to take place on Wednesday, March 12th.
In order to build up excitement for the event, BAFTA released a brief video providing a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation currently underway for the awards and the pre-awards Inside Game event.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the first BAFTA Breakthrough Brits list, in which seventeen up and coming talents within film, television and gaming will be recognised at an event on October 21st.
Working in association with Burberry, BAFTA Breakthrough Brits is an initiative that intends to support and show appreciation for the future of UK television, film and gaming. The seventeen invitees will be given a day of networking sessions and talks from industry figureheads at the BAFTA headquarters in London.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened entries for the British Academy Games Awards in 2014.
The annual awards will consist of 16 categories celebrating the best in videogames, including the Best British Game award introduced last year, the BAFTA Ones To Watch Award — which celebrates emerging talent, and of course the prestigious Best Game award.
BAFTA also announced that this year’s entry period will be extended three months, finishing on 11th November 2013 instead of the previous date of 11th August.
It was a night of sequels as the creme-de-la-creme of gaming were celebrated on Friday night when BAFTA presented the British Academy Video Games Awards.
Hosted by comedian Charlie Higson and Kick Ass writer Jane Goldman, the BAFTAs are the biggest awards in the British video gaming calendar and chooses winners across eighteen different categories.
Portal 2 won the night’s biggest prize, as the acclaimed sequel to Valve’s 2007 puzzle title scooped the best game award. It finished the evening with a hat-trick of awards, also winning the award for best design and best story.
London-based Rocksteady Studios picked up the best action award for Batman: Arkham City, the well received follow-up to Batman: Arkham Asylum, while Mark Hamill, the voice behind the Joker, won best performer.
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Another UK winner was Guilford-based Media Molecule, who won the awards for best family game and best game innovation for LittleBigPlanet 2.
Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 3 was the out-and-out fans favourite picking up the awards for the best online multiplayer and the GAME award, the only award to be voted for by the public. Battlefield completed its own hat-trick, also picking up the audio achievement award.
The annual special award was presented to Markus Persson, the creative mind behind Minecraft, the charming sandbox RPG.
See the rest of the nights winners after the jump.
BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards, with Batman: Arkham City and LA Noire up for the most accolades.
Rockstar’s detective shooter LA Noire joins Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City in leading the nominations with eight each. Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet 2 and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception both have been put forward for six awards.
Gamebrit’s 2011 Game Of The Year, Portal 2 received five nominations.