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
Mass Effect 2


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


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


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


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
FIFA Superstars
Zoo Mumba
Zumba Blitz


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


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


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
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

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

Award Winner: Twang
Runner-ups: Mush

Best Game

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

GAME Award of 2010

Award Winner: Call of Duty: Black Ops
Runner-ups: Dance Central
Halo Reach
Heavy Rain
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!


>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

>GDC 2011: The Wrap-Up

7 03 2011


The 25th Game Developers Conference (GDC, for short) wrapped up on Friday. If you are not familiar with the event, the website describes it as “the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event”.

Anyway, lots of new gaming & tech related news came out of the conference, and so we have made a list of all the big going-ons at the conference.

Nintendo unveiled some details about a new Mario game for the 3DS. The logo seems to have a tail, resembling that Racoon Mario or Tanooki Mario may return. They also showed four screenshots, with the levels being similar to Super Mario Galaxy 2, and some like Super Mario Bros. 3. We’ll have to wait until E3 in June for more….

Electronic Arts released this Battlefield 3 trailer. It looks EPIC
Activision & Bungie have confirmed that they are working on a MMO, which, for once is not fighting related…

But the best news was Apple with the iPad 2. OMG, it has a camera! All that we know is available here.

What did you think of the GDC news? Have your say down the bottom!

>3DS Japanese Trailer

6 03 2011

>With all the fuss about the 3DS. I thought I should show you a trailer for it and all the tech specs of it. I think this should help you understand the awesomeness of the 3DS. So sit back and watch the trailer


OK so now is the tech specs of the 3DS:

The Charging Cradle: It was Shown at the start and end of the trailer. Think of it as the magic charger that was out during the time of DSi. You simply just just place it on the cradle and it charges. No chords to plug into the 3DS. But I don’t know if they could make a car charger for it.

A new screen layout: just like the Wii channels. And probably has the same default ones as the Wii. Also on the topic of channels DSi ware will be able to be transfered from one dsi to another. But they have said that not all of the DSi ware will be transferable. Still that means Flipnote Hatena for me. Also there will be Virtual console agin like the Wii so you can download and play Gameboy games.
Data Transfer: When you have your 3DS on standby and you pass someone else with a 3DS (of course on standby as well) Your 3DS and theirs will transfer data. Don’t worry it won’t give out personal data Just your Mii and the recent game that they have played.Along with street fighter their will be like a small match that neither are playing it depends on your luck or level. Also I have a feeling that Nintendogs+Cats will have a walking feature like that.
New buttons: A first for a DS is the home button (don’t count the DSi and it’s power button) also the D-pad will be moved down for the analogue stick for more precise gaming.
Camera’s: There will be camera’s on the 3DS. 2 at the front for 3D pictures and 1 at the front. Also there will be little card thing that you can play around with on your camera. I hope that Nintendo can come up with some good games involving the camera. Maybe something like Invizimals
Mii: Yes you heard right MIi’s but this time with a twist. You take a picture of the person that you wan’t to make a Mii out of and you can generate a Mii for you. And if your not happy with it you can edit it at your will.
Well that’s all the tech specs so hope you guys enjoyed the video and my post.
Also guy’s. The Strikester’s Computer has broke so I’ll be in charge for a while.

>Welcome to GT | Gaming & Tech

5 03 2011


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