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Three Baftas for Call of Duty 4


Rory Cellan-Jones reports on the winners and losers at the video game Baftas, where Call of Duty 4 and Super Mario Galaxy came out top.

Call of Duty 4 took three awards at the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts video game ceremony.

The surprise winner of game of the year, the biggest award, was Super Mario Galaxy.

More surprising was the fact that best-selling title GTA IV went home without any awards - despite being nominated in seven separate categories.

Fifteen video Baftas were on offer, with TV presenters Jonathan Ross and Konnie Huq among those presenting.


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Call of Duty - a first-person shooter - took the awards for Gameplay; Story and Character and was picked as the People's Choice.

Of all the other games nominated the only other title to pick up more than one award was Dead Space. It won Best Use of Audio and Best Original Score.

The shock of the ceremony was Super Mario Galaxy being picked as Game of the Year.

British game makers were represented with Codemasters and Lionhead getting awards for their work on Race Driver: Grid and Fable II respectively.

Film director Steven Spielberg won an award for his work on casual game Boom Blox for the Nintendo Wii.

The Video Game Baftas are given out to recognise "the very best in artistic, creative and technical innovation in video games".

Gameplay: Call of Duty 4
Casual: Boom Blox
Sports: Race Driver: Grid
Story and Character: Call of Duty 4
Strategy: Civilisation Revolution
Best use of Audio: Dead Space
New Talent: Boro Toro
Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead
Best Technical Achievement: Spore
Original Score: Dead Space
Handheld: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
People's Choice: Call of Duty 4
Artistic Achievement: LittleBigPlanet
Best Action and Adventure: Fable II
Best Game: Super Mario Galaxy

Bafta has been giving out awards to the games industry since 1998, although it only became a separate event in 2004.

39 different games were nominated for an award and the event was hosted by Mock The Week compere and stand-up comedian Dara O'Briain, an avid gamer himself who describes his playing habits as "midway between hardcore and casual".

The Academy also bestowed a Fellowship award on Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and the man who created the first ever mass-market video game, Pong.

The last awards event, in 2007, caused controversy as some of the nominated titles had not actually been released in the shops and, in some cases, were not even finished.

As a result the 2008 ceremony was delayed until March 2009 to avoid clashing with the Golden Joysticks and to give judges more time with the nominated games.


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