ThatGameCompany title wins big at awards

LONDON

Vidgame “Journey” from ThatGameCompany, founded by USC graduates, was the big winner at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ 9th Games Awards on Tuesday night.

The adventure game, published by Sony, went into the evening with the most nominations and converted five of its eight nods into wins at the ceremony held at London’s Hilton Park Lane.

“Journey” won for best online multiplayer, artistic achievement, audio achievement, design and original music.

But it missed out on the coveted best game prize, which went to stealth action adventure “Dishonored” from Gaul’s Arkane Studios, published by Bethesda Softworks.

Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead,” based on the Robert Kirkman comic-book series that also inspired the AMC skein of the same name, received seven noms including best game, but only took home honors for story and best mobile-handheld game.

The inaugural best British award went to Fireproof Games’ puzzle adventure “The Room,” based on the cult 2003 film of the same name. Fireproof announced a sequel to the game on Feb. 19.

British journalist and scribe Danny Wallace was named best performer for his work on British puzzle game “Thomas was Alone.” Lead designer Mike Bithell announced last week that the game would be released in the spring on PlayStation3 and PlayStationVita following a strong reception on PC and Mac.

Giant Sparrow’s “The Unfinished Swan” nabbed best debut game and also picked up the prize for innovation.

As previously announced Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of development and online distrib company Valve was feted with BAFTA’s Fellowship for his outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the industry.

And the winners are:

Best Game

“Dishonored,” Development Team

Action Game

“Far Cry 3,” Dan Hay, Patrick Plourde, Patrik Methe

Innovation

“The Unfinished Swan,” Ian Dallas, Nathan Gary, Development Team

Online-Multiplayer

“Journey,” Development Team

Mobile and Handheld

“The Walking Dead,” Dan Connors, Kevin Bruner, Kevin Boyle

Artistic achievement

“Journey,” Development Team

Audio Achievement

“Journey,” Steve Johnson, Austin Wintory, Keith Leary

Online-Browser

“SongPop,” Olivier Michon, Thibaut Crenn, Daouna Jeong

Original Music

“Journey,” Austin Wintory, Keith Leary, Monty Mudd

British Game

“The Room,” Development Team

Best Performer

Danny Wallace (The Narrator), “Thomas Was Alone”

Debut Game

“The Unfinished Swan,” Ian Dallas, Nathan Gary

Sports, Fitness

“New Star Soccer,” Simon Read

Family

“Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes,” Jon Burton, Jonathan Smith, John Hodskinson

Best Story

“The Walking Dead,” Development Team

Strategy

“XCOM: Enemy Unknown,” Development Team

Design

“Journey,” Development Team

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

“Starcrossed,” Kimi Sulopuisto, Vili Viitaniemi, Minttu Merilainen, Petri Liuska, Andrew MacLean

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