In a discussion titled From Shodan, to Big Daddy, to Elizabeth: The Evolution of AI Companions", Ken Levine chats to Simon Parkin at BAFTA about bringing companion characters to life in his games, as well as taking questions from te audience about past works and, of course, Bioshock Infinite.
Well worth watching over your lunch break. Well...starting...it's almost two hours long, but damn fine stuff nonetheless.
Those of you who weren't glued to the footy may well have watched the BAFTA Game Awards last night, where two PSN exclusives managed to clean up. Journey returned with no less than five awards, including game design, artisitic achievement and even online multiplayer (called it), while The Unfinished Swan managed to snag two shinies for innovation and best debut. Other worthy winners include Dishonored as Best Game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Best Strategy Game and The Room as best of British.
We've got all the winners and nominations after the jump, thanks in no small part to the inestimable Late who actually beat us to the punch this morning.Click here to read more...
Tonight sees the British Academy Games Awards 2013 ceremony kick off to honour some of the finest titles of the past year. Telltale Games and Thatgamecompany lead the nominations this year, with the fabulous Journey nominated for no fewer than eight awards, including Best Game, Artistic Achievement and Game Design. Meanwhile Telltale's outstanding episodic series The Walking Dead is in the running for seven awards, including Best Game and Best Story.
You'll be able to watch the show unfold right here from 9pm GMT (1pm PST).Click here for the livestream >>
The British Academy Games Awards 2013 nominees have been announced, including a neat mix of big-budget AAA games and some deserving indie shouts.
Indeed, thatgamecompany's Journey has managed to steal the show, being nominated for a whopping eight categories including Artistic Achievement and Best Game. The Walking Dead, Far Cry 3 and Dear Esther follow (with seven, six and five nominations apiece), actually managing to beat the likes of Assassin's Creed III and Halo 4.
Of course, nominations are all well and good, but we'll find out the actual winners on Tuesday March 5th. We've got all the details after the break, everything from Action to Online Multiplayer and Ones To Watch. As always, we'd love to hear what you make of the choices - and your personal pick for the overall winners.Click here to read more...
Eidos life president and Fighting Fantasy legend Ian Livingstone is a little worried about "mid-tier" developers, suggesting that the trend which sees triple-A games and casual titles raking in the cash is only going to make the situation worse for those in the middle ground.Click here to read more...
Peter Molyneux, along with Mediatonic's Dave Bailey, has suggested that the industry leaders are under serious threat from the likes of Apple, and it's mainly down to laziness.Click here to read more...
Valve's superb puzzle-platformer, Portal 2, swept home with three victories at last night's British Academy Video Game Awards, coming out on top for Best Design, Best Story, and snatching the coveted best Game Award too.
Kudos should also go to EA and DICE, as Battlefield 3 also went home with three awards, winning trophies for Online Multiplayer and Audio Achievement, as well as leading the pack in the public vote, and winning the GAME Award.
Our own Game of the Year for 2011 - Skyrim - left empty-handed, despite being nominated in five categories, and there were no triumphs on the night for the likes of Uncharted 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, or Deus Ex: Human Revolution.Click here to read more...
In case you don't know, the BAFTA Game Awards ceremony takes place tonight at 9:00 PM, and you can stream it live via the official website.
Dara Ó Briain will host the awards live from the London Hilton, with guests including Jonathan Ross, Jane Goldman, Alex Zane, Ashley Walters, Greg James, Aaron Staton, Suzi Perry, Ortis Deley, Craig Fairbrass, Charlie Higson, Charlotte Jackson, Jess Fox and Ashley Margolis. Notch will be presented with a special award for services to the gaming community.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson will be receiving the BAFTA Special Award next week in recognition of his meteoric career, supporting the independent developer comminity and setting up his own publishing company from incredibly humble beginnings. Notch is thrilled by the announcement, and chuffed that he'll be coming to London to receive it.
“I’ve always considered the BAFTA Awards to be one of the most prestigious awards one can receive, and I was very happy when it expanded to cover video games in 1998."
“When I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled. Going to London to accept this award is going to be a very positive and interesting experience that I’m very much looking forward to.”
BAFTA plans to acknowledge Persson's "determination and innovation" with the award, and it's well deserved in our book.
GAME has announced the shortlist for the BAFTA Audience Award, which has been compiled by a team of veteran journalists. The award will be presented during the March 16th BAFTA Game Awards ceremony, and we have the full - and unsurprising - selection below. Click here to get your vote on.Click here to read more...
Speaking with an official Playstation Blog respresentative after the BAFTAs, David Cage was unequivocal in his assertion that the games industry needs auteurs and creative, visionary individuals to take control, that strong individual artistic vision is absolutely vital to the continued growth of the gaming industry.See what he had to say after the jump...
Lots of action at the BAFTAs last night, with Mass Effect 2 swooping in and beating off the likes of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Heavy Rain to win 'Best Game'. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood kicked things off by winning the award for 'Best Action' and David Cage's Quantic Dream opus Heavy Rain took the most awards of the evening with three: 'Story', 'Technical Innovation' and 'Original Music'. Black Ops beat out Red Dead Redemption for the public vote, although lost the multiplayer trophy to Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, with iPhone game Cut The Rope beating off games with far bigger budgets to nail the 'Handheld' award.
Hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain, the awards also saw the 'BAFTA Fellowship' bestowed upon the irrepressible Peter Molyneux, presented to the Lionhead man by Sir Ben Kingsley. Molyneux thanked the gaming community and all of his colleagues before joking that he was 'just the idiot that stands up and says, "Why don't you make a game about theme parks? Or dungeons?"'. He also thanked the gaming press, admitting that he perhaps sometimes overhyped games and invented new features to keep journalists on their toes in interviews. Finally, he thanked his family and paid tribute to an 'incredible' industry.Check out the full list of winners after the jump...
We fully expected Uncharted 2 to clean up at the BAFTAS, and even the bookies were giving great odds for Naughty Dog's critically-acclaimed shooter to win the coveted Best Game Award. However, we're delighted to report that the Caped Crusader swooped in to claim the title. Batman: Arkham Asylum won both Best Game and Best Gameplay, which is a real coup considering the stiff competition. Holy BAFTA upset, Batman!
Don't get me wrong- Uncharted 2 still did extremely well. Naughty Dog took home four shiny gold faces for their trouble, including Best Action Game and Best Story.
FIFA 10 scored the Best Sports Game award (unsurprisingly), but also managed to nab the Best Use of Online award for its innovative multiplayer modes. Flower won Best Artistic Achievement, and Left 4 Dead 2 rightfully earned the title of Best Muliplayer Game (triumphing over the likes of Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3: ODST).
Finally, Shigeru Miyamoto was granted the BAFTA Fellowship Award due to his monumental contribution to gaming as we know it. Which segues nicely into our next story...
Hooray. Forget a next-gen Lylat Wars or a radical Mario re-imagining: Miyamoto is still hard at work developing Pikmin 3.
Despite being curiously absent from E3 (and not being mentioned in his exceptionally long BAFTA acceptance speech), Miyamoto has apparently discussed the strategy-action sequel with Official Nintendo Magazine. According to their twitter, it's "well underway."
Actually, I might have been a little hard on the Pikmin franchise. After all, it introduced a young audience to deceptively deep RTS gaming and worked well with limited console controls; here's hoping for an innovative and thought-provoking title that pushes the bounds of console strategy... rather than a cutesy rehash of familiar themes. Release TBA. [ONM via VG247]
Apple has yanked an indie game from its App Store after its developers publicly (and brutally) laid into their distribution network at GDC. You can watch the whole video here: but suffice to say that Tommy Refenes "f*cking hates" the "awful app store." He also compared the iPhone to the cheap little LCD games that us older gamers used to play as kids: a platform for poor quality games that pushes brands rather than provides a decent gaming experience.
Developer Tommy Refenes has also been playing a game with the pricing of Zits and Giggles: his banal little touch screen game that wasn't selling too well at a bargain price. Every time someone downloaded it from the app store, Refenes upped the price tier... and the application reached over $400 before it was removed.
Unfortunately, his game was recently banned from the App store with no warning or explanation. It's still unclear whether Apple scrubbed his apps because...
A: Dissent will not be tolerated!
B: His pricing scheme game was unfair to consumers
C: The games were just bad.
As such, we don't yet know if this is an epic story of Big Corporations ragging on the little guy, or a loudmouthed mercenary getting his just desserts. What we do know, however, is that the viability of the iPhone as a gaming device has been attacked once again. Let us know what you think about iGaming in the comments! [Kotaku]
Yesterday's X10 event finally brings us release dates for the Halo Reach Beta as well as Alan Wake- about time, too! Activision let slip about possible subscriptions for Call of Duty 7, and BAFTA reveals their nominations for Best Videogame of 2009. We live in interesting times...
Last night, Microsoft revealed that the Halo Reach Beta will begin on May 3rd. At the X10 event in San Francisco, we were told that Halo Reach will completely change the tone and raise the bar for the Halo series- as well as providing the biggest multiplayer beta in console history. Note that you will need a copy of ODST to take part in the Beta when it arrives.
Alan Wake, the psychological survival horror from the creators of the Max Payne Series, was also dated for May 18th. We've recently previewed this elusive and exclusive title; after five years in the making, opinions have polarised between extreme excitement and abject apathy. Have a read and decide for yourself!
The Call of Duty franchise is one of Activision Blizzard's most profitable earners, so it comes as little surprise that we'll be seeing another one at the end of this year. What did come as a surprise, however, was an ominous comment from Activision CEO Bobby Kotick during last night's quarterly earnings call.
"If you think about the successes we have had in other categories on subscriptions, you can get a sense of the direction we want to take that franchise."
Uh oh. Can we expect to see a WoW-style subscription fee for online play next year? [Kotaku]
It's that time again, folks: the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominees for the best video game of 2009. There are a couple of surprises, but most of the big names you'd expect have made the list.
Voting is now open; remember that every vote counts! Also, there's a prize draw to win a SONY entertainment system if you need any further incentive.