BAFTA game nominations revealed

BAFTA has revealed the nominations for the GAME British Academy Video Game Awards and most of them aren’t terribly surprising, but it’s not all the usual suspects. Forty-eight different games have been recognized and they cover most bases.

L.A. Noire and Arkham City are leading with eight nominations; just behind them with six are Uncharted 3 and LittleBigPlanet 2; Portal 2 and Skyrim have five; and nipping at their heels is Deus Ex: Human Revolution with four nominations. The rest have between one and three nominations such as Battlefield 3, Rift, From Dust, Skyward Sword, Bastion and Shogun 2, just to name a few.

Four new categories were included in this years awards: Debut Game, Online Browser, Online Multiplayer and Performer. Additionally, there’s a public vote category for the Game of the Year 2011, with the short list already decided by a panel. You can go and vote now and you’ll even be entered into a prize drawing. Unfortunately, the short list contains just what you’d expect and despite the inclusion of Minecraft, it’s pretty lackluster. I couldn’t give a toss about award ceremonies or what game gets what accolade, but it’s still nice to see some of these games and devs getting recognition.

Fraser Brown