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Uncharted 2 leads Bafta video game nominations

By Daniel Emery
Technology reporter, BBC News

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PlayStation 3 title Uncharted 2: Among Thieves leads this year's nominations for the UK Bafta video game awards, ahead of the event on Friday night.

The adventure game has ten nominations, one more than Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - which became the biggest selling video game of all time in 2009.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards recognise "artistic, creative and technical innovation in video games".

They are awarded in 16 categories.

Close behind the two front runners is British developed Batman: Arkham Asylum, which has nominations in eight categories.

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Also nominated are Assassin's Creed II, FIFA 10, Left 4 Dead 2, The Beatles: Rock Band, Wii Sports Resort, Battlefield 1943, Flower, Football Manager 2010, PixelJunk Shooter, and Street Fighter IV

LittleBigPlanet, originally created by Surrey-based Media Molecule, has also been nominated for a second year running for a hand held version of the award winning game.

The new version for the PlayStation Portable was created by an in-house development team at Sony, which are nominated for the award.

BAFTA CATEGORIES
Action and Adventure
Gameplay
Casual
Sports
Story and Character
Strategy
Best use of Audio
New Talent
Multiplayer
Best Technical Achievement
Original Score
Handheld
Artistic Achievement
Best Game

Unlike the UK's Golden Joystick Awards - which are almost entirely voted for by the public - the video game Baftas are chosen by experts and leading figures from the games industry.

Bafta will also present a lifetime achievement Fellowship award to a figure from the industry. In 2009 the fellowship went to Nolan Bushnell, creator of some of the first video games and co-founder of Atari.

There is one publicly voted award - the People's Choice. In 2009, it went to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The game's developer Infinity Ward is hoping to pick it up for the second year in a row as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is nominated in the category.

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



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