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LONDON — Journey, described as a visual and emotive game, was the big winner at this year’s British Academy Games awards, presented by the British Academy Film and Television Arts.
The game collected nods for artistic achievement, audio achievement, game design, online multiplayer and original music at the ceremony Tuesday evening in the British capital.
Hosted by Irish comedian and TV host Dara O’Briain, awards also went to writer and presenter Danny Wallace in the evening’s performer category for his voice work as the narrator in Thomas was Alone, a puzzle game.
The Walking Dead, an episodic point-and-click adventure role-playing game, a spin-off from the zombie-themed television series, picked up the mobile and handheld plaudit and story nod at the show.
The Unfinished Swan, a game which explores the unknown, collected plaudits for game innovation and debut game.
Dishonored, the stealth action adventure game, saw off all-comers to collect the award for best game.
And the nod for best British game went to The Room, the puzzle adventure game from British developers Fireproof Games, which the jury described as “an engaging, enigmatic, beautiful, slow burn tactile puzzle game.”
Far Cry 3, the open world first-person shooter, collected the award for best action game while XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the turn-based tactical role-playing game, took home the award for strategy.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell was presented with the Academy Fellowship for his “outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the games industry.”
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