2011 GAME British Academy Video Games Awards: The Results

17 03 2011

>Didn’t see the live stram of the 2011 GAME British Academy Video Games Awards? Well, we have the rundown of who won what.


Action Games
Award Winner: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Runner-ups: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BioShock 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
God of War III
Halo Reach

Artistic Acheivement
Award Winner: God of War III
Runner-ups: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Mass Effect 2

Family

Award Winner: Kinect Sports
Runner-ups: Dance Central
Kinect Adventures
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4
Toy Story 3

Gameplay

Award Winner: Super Mario Galaxy 2
Runner-ups: Assassian’s Creed: Brotherhood
God of War III
Limbo
Mass Effect 2

Handheld

Award Winner: Cut The Rope
Runner-ups: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4
Professor Layton and the Lost Future
Sonic Colours
Super Scribblenauts

Multiplayer

Award Winner: Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Runner-ups: Assassian’s Creed: Brotherhood
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo Reach
Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty

Original Music

Award Winner: Heavy Rain
Fable III
James Bond 007: Bloodstone
Mass Effect 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Social Network Game

Award Winner: My Empire
Runner-ups: Bejeweled Blitz
Farmerama
FIFA Superstars
Zoo Mumba
Zumba Blitz

Sports

Award Winner: F1 2010
Runner-ups: Fifa 11
Football Manager 2011
Gran Turismo 5
International Cricket 2010
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Story

Award Winner: Heavy Rain
Runner-ups: Alan Wake
BioShock 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Fallout: New Vegas
Mass Effect 2

Strategy

Award Winner: Civilisation V
Runner-ups: Fallout: New Vegas
FIFA Manager 11
Napoleon Total War
Plants vs Zombies (XBLA)
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Technical Innovation

Award Winner: Heavy Rain
Runner-ups: Assassian’s Creed: Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo Reach
Kinectimals
Super Mario Galaxy 2

Use of AudioAward Winner: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Runner-ups: Alan Wake
Assassian’s Creed: Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
DJ Hero 2
LIMBO

BAFTA Ones To Watch (in association with Dare to be Digital)

Award Winner: Twang
Runner-ups: Mush
Sculpty

Best Game

Award Winner: Mass Effect 2
Runner-ups: Assassian’s Creed: Brotherhood
FIFA 11
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Super Mario Galaxy 2

GAME Award of 2010

Award Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Runner-ups: Dance Central
FIFA 11
Halo Reach
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Mass Effect 2
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Red Dead Redemption
Super Mario Galaxy 2

What do you think about these winners? Let us know in the comments!

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No love for Windows XP as Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 9

17 03 2011

 

Tuesday, March 14 was the release date for Microsoft’s next version of Internet Explorer, IE9, to be released to the general public. But why will many be unable to download the new edition?
Because Microsoft have dropped support for Windows XP. Yes, the browser comes with HTML5 and improved Javascript support, but to drop XP support? Yep. They’ve done it.
So, there will be no IE9 v Firefox 4 comparison due to the loss of IE9’s compatibility with Windows XP.
R.I.P. Windows XP-capable versions of Internet Explorer




>Japan Crisis: The Games and Tech Items

15 03 2011

>A continuation of our look into the Japanese crisis, and how it affects games.

How will the crisis affect the games?

So far, Final Fantasy XI and XIV‘s online servers are offline, the release date for Motorstorm Apocalypse (Sony / Evolution Studios) has been delayed, Disaster Report 4 (Irem) has been canceled, while Sony has also closed down six factories in Japan’s North-East, where Blu-ray Discs and other popular items have been cancelled.

We will inform you when more is known.





>Hands-On With The Nintendo 3DS

13 03 2011

>As a car fan and a Top Gear viewer, I had to get myself down to Top Gear Live at the Showgrounds. I was fortunate enough to get my greedy little hands on Nintendo’s new little baby – the 3DS.

One of the walls of the booth. Features three 3DS systems with a demo video running.

The booth consisted of The Legend of Zelda: Ocerina of Time 3DSuper Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, nintendogs + Cats, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Resident Evil: Revelations and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Also running were two demo videos, an Argumented Reality game (the Target one, FYI) and the Mii Maker.

Want to get on video? Then enter the 3DS Zone!

Also part of the booth was the 3DS Zone, a room featuring two 3DS systems and two video cameras, where you can be recorded and be used in promotions and so forth. As I couldn’t be bothered, I didn’t go in.

But what about the games? Well, I’ll start clockwise with Mii Maker.



Image: game.co.uk

The Mii Maker features some nice features. For starters, you can import an existing Mii from your Wii. As well as that, you can take a photo of your face with the 3DS camera, which will turn your face into a Mii. And if you think that Nintendo will add anything more, you can turn your Mii into a QR code, which you can read with a QR Code reader.
It is a great adaptation of the Mii Channel on the Wii, and I couldn’t think of anything to make it better!



Image: Capsule Computers

If you haven’t played the original on the Nintendo 64, then don’t worry, because the 3D remake has similar elements, as well as great new ones. You use the circle pad to move around, with A doing different things. As I haven’t played the original, I felt like a noob, but after a couple of minutes I felt like a pro. Expect big things from this game.

Image: Wagon Whale

The phenomen that was nintendogs has continued in nintendogs + cats. You can choose between a puppy or a kitten, and play with them, take them on walks etc. Due to the fact I was playing a demo all I could do was pat both a kitten and puppy, but I enjoyed the detail of the 3D. A great game.

Image: Wagon Whale

The Argumented Reality cards that come with the 3DS launch a whole new world. The game that I played, a target shooting game, started with a forest jumping out, where I had to shoot the target. It continued through multiple levels until I had to shoot a dragon. My final time was 1:18, which I am quite proud of. If you can beat me, let me know in the comments.

That’s all I got up to. I really believe that the Nintendo 3DS will be a great hit.
Personally, you have to see it to believe it.





>Japan Crisis: The Industry

12 03 2011

>At 2:46PM local time, a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast just of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. After that followed large walls of water, which battered down on Japan, as well as serious aftershocks.
But how has this affected the gaming and technology industry?


Were the developers affected by the earthquake and tsunami?

There have been no reports of building destruction that affected the gaming and technology industry after the tsunami and earthquake.

Are the developers doing anything to help?

They sure are. Nintendo are giving away ¥300,000,000, SEGA is donating ¥200,000,000, Namco Bandai is giving ¥100,000,000, while Tecmo Koei are donating ¥10,000,00 to the Japanese Red Cross. Apart from a ¥300,000,000 donation, Sony will give out 30,000 radios to people affected.

Next up: The Games and Tech Items





>The Strikester Asks…. Rovio

12 03 2011

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The Strikester Asks...

To coincide with the Angry Birds Seasons St. Patrick’s Day update, Go Green, Get Lucky, I shot through an email to Rovio with a few questions about Angry Birds. I was atonished as to get an answer within seven hours. Thankyou to Oona Hilkamo for answering these questions.

 Q. How did you come up with Angry Birds?
A. The idea for the game originally came from Jaakko Iisalo, who created the characters.

Q. Did you think that Angry Birds was going to be as successful as it is today when you first created it?

A. We knew there was something special about the characters, but did not expect this big a success.

Q. How did you react when the game got all the attention that it did?

A. We were of course surprised and very happy, and had to hire a lot more employees as the game became a huge hit 🙂
So there you go. Do you have any questions for them? If so, send them an email here
NB. I did ask a few more questions, however, I have yet to recieve an answer. When I do, I will post them here.




>Angry Birds Seasons Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day

11 03 2011

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St. Patrick’s Day falls in only six days time (March 17), so Rovio have gone creative with Angry Birds Seasons, with a free update – a section called Go Green, Get Lucky.

But what does the upgrade contain? If you’ve been wanting more levels, Rovio has delivered. There are 15 new ones, in fact, all with St. Patrick’s Day themes. It looks great.
It’s already out for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Google Android users. Those with Symbian^3 and Palm systems will have to wait a little while.
Coming Soon: We ask Rovio about the success of Angry Birds.