Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet was named the hottest new game in the UK, while there were no prizes for the popular adventure game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at the British Academy Video Games Awards, held in London on Friday and hosted by Dara O’Briain.
Markus "Notch" Persson, developer of Minecraft, was honoured for his outstanding creative contribution to the industry, and said: "…when I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled."
It was a night to celebrate quirky and artful games as Portal 2 took out three awards. The stylish puzzle game took home the Bafta for design, story and best game.
Another quirky and unusual game, Little Big Planet 2, took out the awards for family game and game innovation.
Mark Hamill, yes, that Mark Hamill, took home his first ever Bafta. He won the performer award for his role as the voice of the Joker in Batman: Arkham City.
Battlefield 3 fought off the competition to take home the Bafta awards for online multiplayer and audio achievement. Total War Shogun 2 won the Bafta for strategy, the third award in a row for the clever series.
Battlefield also took out the Game Award of 2011, the only award at the ceremony voted for by the public, was won by Battlefield 3.
In a field of fierce competition, best original music award went to L.A. Noire.
Sports and fitness games were lumped together in an unseemly category, which Kinect Sports 2 won, beating FIFA and other sports-themed games.
The Apple iPad which dominated tech news last week, also dominated the handheld awards. Quirky Peggle HD for iPad won the Bafta for the handheld games.
Facebook is becoming an increasingly popular platform, and Monstermind won the first award for a real-time player v. player game on Facebook.
The Ones to Watch/Dare to be Digital award for student game design went to Tick Tock Toys, designed by Swallowtail. The students developed their prototype game in just six weeks.
The most incongruous moment of the night was a three-song performance by The Saturdays, with host O'Briain ironically saying: "Thank god someone has finally listened to the gaming industry and organised The Saturdays to perform."
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