5th British Academy Games Awards

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5th British Academy Video Games Awards
BAFTA Video Game Awards Logo.jpg
Date 10 March 2009
Location London Hilton
Hosted by Dara Ó Briain[1]
Best Game Super Mario Galaxy
Most awards Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (3)
Most nominations Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare & Grand Theft Auto IV (7)

The 5th British Academy Video Game Awards (known for the purposes of sponsorship as GAME British Academy Video Games Awards) awarded by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA),[2] was an award ceremony honouring achievement in the field of video games in 2007 and video games in 2008. Candidate games must have been released in the United Kingdom between 26 October 2007 and 31 December 2008.[3] The ceremony took place in the London Hilton on 10 March 2009.[4] Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare & Grand Theft Auto IV led with the most nominations with seven, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was the major winner, taking three of the seven awards available.[5]

Timeline[edit]

All entries (from either a game's publisher or developer) received before 5 November 2008, were voted on by a first stage panel after grouping into categories by BAFTA. The six games with the most votes in each category move on to a second stage where they are scrutinised by a jury of between seven and nine from December 2008 until January 2009, picked especially for each category. Once the jury has played all the games in a category, a vote by secret ballot decides the winners; the votes were counted by Deloitte LLP.

Nominations[edit]

Nominations were announced on 10 February 2009.[5] Along with Call of Duty 4, leading the field on seven nominations was Grand Theft Auto IV, just behind with six nominations was LittleBigPlanet. Despite garnering the joint most nominations, Grand Theft Auto IV would fail to capture any of the awards. LittleBigPlanet similarly failed to live up to the number of nominations by scooping only one gong despite its six nominations.

Categories[edit]

Both publishers and developers were eligible to enter their games in fifteen categories, fourteen of which were awarded by a panel of judges. The categories were: Gameplay, Casual, Sports, Story and Character, Strategy, Use of Audio, Multiplayer, Technical Achievement, Original Score, Handheld, People's Choice (the only award voted for by the public),[6] Artistic Achievement, Best Action and Adventure and Best Game.[4] There was surprise in the announcement of Super Mario Galaxy as the winner of the main award of Game of the Year, as well as the fact that Grand Theft Auto IV did not receive any of the prizes, despite leading the nominations list.[4] Grand Theft Auto IV failed to win an award after receiving six nominations, replicating the "feat" managed by Gears of War at the preceding ceremony.

Winners[edit]

Category Winner Nominations
Action and Adventure Fable II Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Dead Space,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
Prince of Persia,
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Artistic Achievement LittleBigPlanet Assassin's Creed,
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Dead Space,
Gears of War 2,
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Best Game Super Mario Galaxy Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Fable II,
Fallout 3,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
Rock Band
Casual Boom Blox Buzz! Quiz TV,
Guitar Hero World Tour,
LittleBigPlanet,
SingStar Vol. 2,
Wii Fit
Gameplay Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Grand Theft Auto IV,
Left 4 Dead,
Mario Kart Wii,
Rock Band,
Super Mario Galaxy
Handheld Professor Layton and the Curious Village Geometry Wars: Galaxies,
God of War: Chains of Olympus,
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass,
Patapon,
Soul Bubbles
Multiplayer Left 4 Dead Buzz! Quiz TV,
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Gears of War 2,
Mario Kart Wii,
Rock Band
Original Score Dead Space Assassin's Creed,
Fable II,
Fallout 3,
LittleBigPlanet,
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Sports Race Driver: Grid FIFA 09,
Football Manager 2009,
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift,
Pure,
Wii Fit
Strategy Civilization Revolution Advance Wars: Dark Conflict,
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3,
Ninjatown,
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Tactical Strike,
Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise
Story and Character Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Assassin's Creed,
Fable II,
Fallout 3,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
Mass Effect
Technical Achievement Spore Assassin's Creed,
Fable II,
Fallout 3,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
LittleBigPlanet
Use Of Audio Dead Space Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Gears of War 2,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
LittleBigPlanet,
Super Mario Galaxy
BAFTA One's To Watch Award
(In association with Dare to Be Digital)
Boro Toro Origamee,
Vegeme
GAME Award of 2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Fallout 3,
Gears of War 2,
Grand Theft Auto IV,
Guitar Hero World Tour,
Left 4 Dead,
LittleBigPlanet,
Professor Layton and the Curious Village,
Wii Fit,
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Academy Fellowship Nolan Bushnell[7][8][9] N/A

Multiple nominations and wins[edit]

Wins[edit]

  • 3 wins - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • 2 wins - Dead Space

Nominations[edit]

  • 7 nominations - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto IV
  • 6 nominations - LittleBigPlanet
  • 5 nominations - Fable II and Fallout 3
  • 4 nominations - Assassin's Creed, Dead Space, and Gears of War 2
  • 3 nominations - Left 4 Dead, Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy, and Wii Fit
  • 2 nominations - Buzz! Quiz TV, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Mario Kart Wii, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and Professor Layton and the Curious Village

References[edit]

  1. ^ sebFlyte (2009-01-15). "Dara Ó Briain to host 2009 BAFTA game awards". uk.gamespot.com. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Video Games - Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Video Games Eligibility & Judging". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c "Three BAFTAS for Call of Duty 4". BBC News. 2009-03-11. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b Beaument, Claudine (2009-02-10). "Bafta video games nominations announced". telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 14 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ "BAFTA Game of the Year". GAME. Archived from the original on 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Fellowship - Awards". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  8. ^ Westbrook, Logan (2009-03-10). "BAFTA Video Game Awards 2009". The Escapist. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Video Games Fellow in 2009". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 2009-03-10. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 

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