Journey Continues to Shine at BAFTA 2013 Game Awards

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Journey Continues to Shine at BAFTA 2013 Game Awards

For those who don’t know, the British Academy Games Awards took place last night, and once again thatgamecompany’s Journey took home a number of awards. Other notable winners included Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead and Journey’s fellow PSN-exclusive, The Unfinished Swan.

Here is the full list of nominees, and winners, of the 2013 BAFTAs:

Category: Action

The Winner is: Far Cry 3

Category: Artistic Achievement

The Winner is: Journey

Category: Audio Achievement

The Winner is: Journey

Category: Best Game

The Winner is: Dishonored

Category: British Game

The Winner is: The Room

Category: Debut Game

The Winner is: The Unfinished Swan

Category: Game Design

The Winner is: Journey

Category: Family

The Winner is: LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Category: Game Innovation

The Winner is: The Unfinished Swan

Category: Mobile & Handheld

The Winner is: The Walking Dead

Category: Online – Browser

The Winner is: SongPop

Category: Online - Multiplayer

The Winner is: Journey

Category: Original Music

The Winner is: Journey

Category: Performer

The Winner is: Danny Wallace (The Narrator) – Thomas Was Alone

Category: Sports/Fitness

The Winner is: New Star Soccer

Category: Story

The Winner is: The Walking Dead

Category: Strategy

The Winner is: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Category: BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

The Winner is: Starcrossed

In addition to last night’s award winners, it should also be noted that Valve boss Gabe Newell was awarded the Academy Fellowship . According to the official BAFTA site, “He follows in the footsteps of Peter Molyneux (Populous, Theme Park), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, The Legend of Zelda), Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari, Pong) and Will Wright (SimCity, The Sims)”, all of whom have obviously contributed significantly to the video game industry.

I have to agree with the majority of the awards that went out this year. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Journey, and Dishonored was a wonderful game as well, so they are certainly more than worthy of the accolades they’re receiving. I only hope that with the coming generation of consoles, publishers aren’t afraid to take chances on fresh and interesting IPs, as well as young, indie and smaller development teams, so that creativity can flourish just as it did this generation.

What are your thoughts on the award winners? Did your favorites make the nominations list? Let us know in the comments below.

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