The BAFTA Video Game awards ceremony was held last week and the critics’ choice for best game was taken home by developer Rocksteady for Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Batman’s gritty action adventure title may have taken the most significant gong of the night, but it has had stiff competition from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
MW2 was a winner in one category: the GAME award for top title, which was voted for by members of the gaming public. MW2 launched in November and went on to become the largest gaming release of all time, selling millions in its first few months on the shelves.
Although Batman: Arkham Asylum is set in every comic book fan’s favourite fictional US city, it was actually developed predominantly in the UK, which proves that the games industry is one of the country’s most important from a creative and a commercial point of view.
PS3 exclusive Uncharted 2: Among Thieves took home a selection of awards as well, receiving recognition for its story, action and use of music and special audio effects.
A BAFTA fellowship was awarded to Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto, who is the creator of some of the best-loved video game characters of all time, including Mario and the entire cast of the Zelda franchise.
Mr Shigeru gave a speech to the assembled industry guests, saying that the video games industry is one of the least restrictive in terms of what can be achieved with a bit of imagination.