2019 BAFTA Game Awards Nominees Announced

The 2019 BAFTA Game Awards are just a few weeks away so of course, it’s time to look at the nominees for the various categories. If you aren’t familiar with the BAFTA Game Awards they are basically the Oscars for games from the UK. BAFTA also gives out awards for film and television, though those are at different award shows. The President of BAFTA is Prince William, the future King. So yes, this is an incredibly big award show, the most prestigious in the industry. To be nominated the game has to have been made in part in the UK. The games also have to be nominated, a process which many studios either don’t know about or don’t care to go through. As a result, you’ll often see the same studios nominated year after year. So, with all of that in mind, here are the nominees.

 

Elite: Dangerous Beyond Chapter 4 - Mining Changes

 

Artistic Achievement

Detroit: Become Human
Gris
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Audio Achievement

Battlefield V
Detroit: Become Human
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Tetris Effect

 

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

British Game

11-11: Memories Retold
Forza Horizon 4
Red Dead Redemption 2
The Room: Old Sins
Overcooked 2
Two Point Hospital

 

Debut Game

Beat Saber
Cultist Simulator
Donut County
Florence
Gris
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Evolving Game

Destiny 2: Forsaken
Elite Dangerous: Beyond
Fortnite
Overwatch
Sea Of Thieves
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

 

Family

Lego Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee!
Super Mario Party
Yoku’s Island Express

 

Game Beyond Entertainment

11-11: Memories Retold
Celeste
Florence
Life Is Strange 2
My Child Lebensborn
Nintendo Labo

 

Game Design

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
God Of War
Into The Breach
Minit
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Game Innovation

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission
Celeste
Cultist Simulator
Moss
Nintendo Labo
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Mobile Game

Alto’s Odyssey
Brawl Stars
Donut County
Florence
Reigns: Game Of Thrones
The Room

 

Multiplayer

A Way Out
Battlefield V
Overcooked 2
Sea Of Thieves
Super Mario Party
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

 

Music

Celeste
Far Cry 5
Florence
God Of War
Gris
Tetris Effect

 

Narrative

Florence
Frostpunk
God Of War
Marvel’s Spider-man
Red Dead Redemption 2
Return Of The Obra Dinn

 

Original Property

Dead Cells
Florence
Into The Breach
Moss
Return Of The Obra Dinn
Subnautica

 

Performer

Christopher Judge As Kratos In God Of War
Danielle Bisutti As Freya In God Of War
Jeremy Davies As The Stranger In God Of War
Melissanthi Mahut As Kassandra Of Sparta In Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Roger Clark As Arthur Morgan In Red Dead Redemption 2
Sunny Suljic As Atreus In God Of War

 

Ee Mobile Game Of The Year (Voted For By The Public)

Brawl Stars
Clash Royale
Fortnite
Old School Runescape
Pokémon Go
Roblox

 

 

Be sure to check out the BAFTA awards show broadcast online live on April 4th to find out who the winners are.

 

Source: BAFTA Official Site

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2018 BAFTA Games Award Nominations

Today the 2018 BAFTA Games Awards nominations were announced. The BAFTA Games Awards are given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, a charity who promote the arts and are more well known for their work with film and television. The President of the Academy has been Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge since 2010. BAFTAs have been given to films like 12 Years a Slave, The Lord of the Rings (more than one of them), Frozen, and Up. Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Marlon Brando have all been given them as well. In Television, winners include Sherlock and Doctor Who, just to name a couple of shows known globally.

The award given is a BAFTA, a golden mask. This award is given to film, television, and games all the same. In comparison, it’s like if a game won an Oscar. The closest to that we’ve ever seen in the United States was when Civilization IV’s theme song Baba Yetu won a Grammy. The BAFTAs are the only time that games are put on the same level as older media forms and treated as equals. So in my mind, the Game BAFTAs are the most important video game awards of the year.

2018 BAFTA Games Award Nominations

But, there’s a problem with that. You see, not every game can be nominated for a BAFTA. There are rules and there’s an application process that many studios aren’t bothered to do. As a result, you often see the same studios and publishers in the nominations. The biggest rule for qualifying for a BAFTA is that the game was at least in part made in the UK. This often means a lot of games are excluded. Also, many studios who could qualify don’t take part, for whatever reason. I don’t blame the BAFTAs for excluding games that aren’t made in the UK, I’m just pointing out a flaw in them being the most important video game awards.

As I said in just the last paragraph we often see the same studios nominated for games. Frontier has been a common one the last few years, as has Wargaming. This year, however, neither of them are in the nominations. Below is the full list of all the games that were nominated for awards this year. The online, multiplayer games are in green to make them easier to see.

 

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
CUPHEAD
GOROGOA
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY

AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT
CALL OF DUTY: WORLD WAR II
DESTINY 2
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II
UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY

BEST GAME
ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

BRITISH GAME 
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
MONUMENT VALLEY 2
REIGNS: HER MAJESTY
THE SEXY BRUTALE
SNIPER ELITE 4
TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER II

DEBUT GAME
CUPHEAD
GOROGOA
HOLLOW KNIGHT
NIGHT IN THE WOODS
THE SEXY BRUTALE
SLIME RANCHER

EVOLVING GAME
CLASH ROYALE
FINAL FANTASY XV
FORTNITE
OVERWATCH
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE

FAMILY
JUST DANCE 2018
LEGO WORLDS
MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE
MONUMENT VALLEY 2
SNIPPERCLIPS
SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY

GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT
BURY ME, MY LOVE
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
LAST DAY OF JUNE
LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM
NIGHT IN THE WOODS
SEA HERO QUEST VR

GAME DESIGN
ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
NIER AUTOMATA
SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

GAME INNOVATION
GOROGOA
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
NIER AUTOMATA
SNIPPERCLIPS
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

MOBILE GAME
BURY ME, MY LOVE
GOLF CLASH
GOROGOA
KAMI 2
MONUMENT VALLEY 2
STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME

MULTIPLAYER
DIVINITY: ORIGINAL SIN 2
FORTNITE
GANG BEASTS
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
SPLATOON 2
STAR TREK BRIDGE CREW

MUSIC
CUPHEAD
GET EVEN
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

NARRATIVE
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
NIGHT IN THE WOODS
TACOMA
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH
WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS

ORIGINAL PROPERTY
CUPHEAD
GOROGOA
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
NIGHT IN THE WOODS
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH

PERFORMER
ABUBAKAR SALIM as Bayek in Assassin’s Creed Origins
ASHLY BURCH as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn
CLAUDIA BLACK as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
LAURA BAILEY as Nadine Ross in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
MELINA JUERGENS as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
VALERIE ROSE LOHMAN as Edith Finch in What Remains of Edith Finch

One thing that may stand out to you as missing is the MMORPG genre, or even just broadly MMOs. They only very rarely get nominated. In 2017 Final Fantasy XIV was nominated for Evolving Game. In 2015 we saw EVE Online, Runescape, World of Warcraft, and World of Tanks all nominated for the Persistent Games category. In 2014 World of Tanks was the only game nominated that MMOGames would cover. So, as you can see this is an ongoing problem in the BAFTAs. Of course, it isn’t just limited to the BAFTAs, this happens in every game award show. They are, for some reason, considered inferior to other games. It’s also a reflection of the declining market though. Not as many MMOs are being made and not as many are really worthy of winning an award.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of these nominations was seeing Star Wars Battlefront II on the list. Yes, it is for audio achievement, but it’s still a surprise to see attention being drawn to a game that has received so much negative press. It’s up against Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice though, and that game seems to be the big one this year, so there’s a chance at least that Star Wars won’t win.

I’m also quite surprised that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds didn’t make the Best Game category. It’s one of the most played and most talked about games at the moment. At least the game wasn’t completely ignored though, it does have three nominations for Evolving Game, Multiplayer, and Original Property. In the first two, they’re up against Fortnite which may be a tough game to beat. In Original Property, they’re up against Cuphead which…let’s be honest, it’s likely to win.

The Mobile Game category was an interesting one. First, I didn’t even know there was a Stranger Things game. I’m going to be going to the Google Play store for that right after I finish writing this. A golf game making the list was also a massive surprise. You don’t expect to see a golf game make any awards, no offense to Playdemic, the creators. I wonder, was this year slow for mobile games (from the UK) or is it that good of a game? I already have an awesome game called Not Golf on my phone so yes, I’ll be trying out this BAFTA nominated golf game too.

Overwatch was a pleasant surprise in the Evolving Game category. I had at that point in the announcements started to think there wouldn’t be any Blizzard titles this year. Evolving Games would have been the perfect category for MMOs. I am glad to see Fortnite and PUBG make the list and I think the winner will be one of those three. Which one is anyone’s guess though, they are each in their own right deserving of the award.

Speaking of the awards, they will be aired live online on April 12th at a time that has not yet been confirmed. Comedian and gamer Dara Ó Briain (who is actually Irish) will be hosting the awards show. The awards show will also include Tim Schafer being honored with BAFTA Fellowship in recognition of his creative contribution to the industry. It is the highest accolade given out by BAFTA. Others who have been recognized with it include; John Carmack, David Braben, Gabe Newell, Shigeru Miyamoto, and Will Wright. If you aren’t sure who any of these names are, you’ll want to look up some gaming history as these people revolutionized the industry.

Something else that went under the radar was Riot Games being given a BAFTA Special Award in recognition of the studio’s creative contribution to the games industry. This was handed out back in June. Who knows, maybe it’s a sign that the BAFTAs are addressing some of the concerns stated above.

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MMOGames Best of 2017 Awards

What a year! 2017 was certainly a weird one. The gaming industry was put in the public eye more than ever before. There was scandal, there was joy, and there was a whole lot of money being thrown around. But what was the best of the best this year? It’s time once again to look at the best MMOs of 2017.

 

Games That Shut Down – Marvel Heroes

 

There were quite a few games that shut down this year but none bigger, or more poorly handled, than Marvel Heroes. It was filled with a lack of communication, a possible sex scandal, Disney calling off the deal they had and Gazillion shutting down. For fans, though, it came out of nowhere. The console version of the game had just launched a few months before and it seemed like everything was going well…until it wasn’t. It’s sad to see the superhero genre shrinking even more and we’re sorry to see Marvel Heroes go.

 

Best Sandbox MMO – Black Desert Online

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

It has been a great year for Black Desert Online. They’ve continued to put out new classes and new content. This year at Gamescom they showed off what the 4k console version of BDO looks like and its graphics are incredibly lifelike. This was also the year the game released on Steam, giving it a massive boost in player numbers. Oh, and Pearl Abyss says they’d like BDO to last another 20-30 years! This is fantastic news for anyone who has seen their favorite game shut down. All in all, it was a great year for Black Desert Online and we can’t wait for next year.

 

Best Mobile – Vainglory

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

Vainglory has continued to be one of the best, if not the best, MOBA you can play on a mobile device. In fact, it’s the best mobile game you can play with multiple people. Best of all, early next year it will be getting a 5v5 mode so you’ll be able to play with even more people if your device can handle it. As a result, its eSports scene is growing. Next year the mobile category is going to have a lot of competition, but this year Vainglory was an easy decision to make.

 

Best PvP – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

Speaking of easy decisions, giving best PvP to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was the easiest decision. It may have spent the whole year in beta testing but hands down it was the most talked about game this year (Other than that Star Wars game…you know the one). PUBG has brought so much joy to gamers this year we had to include it on the list. Now that it has launched we can’t wait to see what they come out with next.

 

Best New Online Game – Fortnite

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

The best new online game of 2017 has to go to PUBG’s competitor Fortnite. Players have been having a blast in this battle royale since it launched earlier this year. It boasts 30 million users and at one point had 1.3 million people playing it concurrently. Epic hit on something great with this game.

 

Best MMO Expansion – Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

We’re kind of cheating a little bit for this one. Morrowind isn’t a proper expansion, it’s a DLC. This is something that the studio stressed heavily before it launched. However, we’re allowing it because it was just so much fun. With new dungeons, new quests, and the Halls of Fabrication trial it takes about 30 hours of playing to complete all the new content. It was great to get a new tutorial after having run through Coldharbour so many times. We’re also huge fans of all the Easter eggs in the game. We had a great time playing Morrowind, even if it wasn’t a true expansion.

 

Best Beta – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds spent months around the top of the revenue charts. For a game that was still in beta, it made a whole lot of money. It also brought a lot of happiness. The game made for some fantastic viewing this year as it thrived on Twitch and, well, everywhere really. It was the most fun to be had in a beta and it didn’t really feel like a beta at all (if you can forgive a few bugs). After all the testing, the game has now officially launched. Congratulations PUBG!

 

Best F2P – Warframe

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

Warframe is one of those games that everyone knows someone who plays yet it rarely gets talked about. Even though it’s four years old at this point, Warframe has seen a massive surge in players in 2017. This year it became the second most played F2P game on Steam with 121,000 concurrent users. This underrated game released its most popular expansion yet, the Plains of Eidolon, which added new weapons and an open world zone. 2017 was a fantastic year for Warframe and a great year to play it.

 

Most Anticipated – Chronicles of Elyria

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

There are a lot of great games we’re expecting to come out in 2018 so it was really difficult to pick just one. However, Chronicles of Elyria came out just a little ahead of the rest in our minds. With true MMORPGs becoming a dying breed, we have a lot of hope in Chronicles of Elyeria to help the genre we adore. It’s also promising to introduce something we haven’t really seen since Mabinogi: aging. We’ve been following development on this game since it was first announced and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

An honorable mention needs to go to Crowfall, however, which is clearly a favorite for the MMOGames’ writers.

 

Best MMO – Final Fantasy XIV

MMOGames best MMOs of 2017

Final Fantasy XIV has continued to impress and entertain its players throughout the year of 2017. Not only did it make an excellent appearance at Gamescom and host the incredibly successful Fanfest 2017, but we also saw the release of the newest expansion Stormblood, which has received high praise all around from fans old and new.

Its dungeons and raids are not only beautifully designed visually but provide interesting challenges and mechanics for a wide variety of skill levels. Final Fantasy XIV doesn’t only caters for those interested in raiding as the landscape, content, and characters of Eorzea inspire thousands of artists and content creators to generate beautiful works of art and establish wonderful communities surrounding game-inspired projects. The main storyline continues to reward the player throughout Stormblood with dramatic and heartfelt experiences along the way, allowing the player to immerse themselves in the content. This makes Final Fantasy XIV not only one of the best MMOs of 2017 but also one of the greatest of this generation.

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PUBG Wins PC Game of the Year and Sets Seven World Records

It’s been a very big year for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as evidenced by the battle royale shooter’s accolades at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards. Notable PUBG award wins include the Golden Joystick for PC Game of the Year and a total of seven Guinness World Records.

pubg award

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds secured both the PC Game of the Year win as well as the Best Multiplayer Game win at the Golden Joysticks, while also being confirmed as a holder of seven unique Guinness World Records:

  • Fastest time to sell 1 million units for a Steam Early Access game
  • Fastest Steam Early Access game to gross $100 million
  • First videogame to reach 2 million concurrent players on Steam
  • Most actively played game on Steam
  • Most concurrent players for a Steam Early Access game
  • Most concurrent players on Steam for a non-Valve videogame
  • First non-Valve videogame to be the most played game on Steam

The awards and accolades cap off an already sterling year for the title, which has since sold over 20 million copies and beat out Valve’s Dota 2 for concurrent players at over two million players online at one time.

Our Thoughts

While those wins are most definitely impressive and certainly worthy of merit, we also can’t help but wonder what sort of precedent this sets for developers and publishers looking to release early access titles. Is this going to start another attempt at the “WoW Killer” disease that swept over many MMO titles? Will early access become the new day one release? There’s lots of ramifications to consider, but for now we’ll at least congratulate PUBG on the awards.

Sources: Dot Esports, Golden Joysticks Twitter 1, 2

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