BAFTA announces game-award noms

LocoRoco, GRAW top list for high-profile UK event with eight nominations across a total of 17 categories; We Love Katamari, Guitar Hero also prove popular.

The nominations for the 2006 British Academy Video Games Awards have been announced and two titles stand out from the rest. LocoRoco and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter both received eight nominations across various categories, with We Love Katamari receiving six and Guitar Hero and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion both netting five each.

This is the first year that the Video Games Awards, which is put together by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), has been given a ceremony in its own right, separate from the organization's film and TV awards. It will be held at the Camden Roundhouse in London on October 5 as part of the London Games Festival, and hosted by popular UK television personality Vernon Kay.

Over 40 titles have been recognised in the award nominations and other multiple nominees include Hitman: Blood Money, Tomb Raider: Legend, Shadow of the Colossus, and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training.

There are no platform-specific categories in the awards. Nominations are instead split into various game genres and aspects, and games must have been released at some point in the 2006 calendar year to qualify for entry. Paul Jackson, chairman of the BAFTA games committee, commented that he hoped this event would "become the industry and consumers' benchmark of excellence."

GameSpot UK will be in attendance at the event to bring you news of the winners. The nominees in some of the categories are listed below; the full list is available on the BAFTA Web site.

    Innovation

  • Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
  • Electroplankton
  • Guitar Hero
  • LocoRoco
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • We Love Katamari

    Gameplay

  • Guitar Hero
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LocoRoco
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • We Love Katamari

    Action & Adventure

  • Metroid Prime: Hunters
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Tomb Raider: Legend
  • We Love Katamari

    Sports

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup
  • Fight Night Round 3
  • Football Manager 2006
  • Moto GP '06
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 6
  • Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis

    Game

  • Black
  • Dr Kawashima's Brain Training
  • Guitar Hero
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter

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68 comments
audioust
audioust

shadow of the colossus was fun >.>

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

The categories are too vague,such as "Game"--that doesn't say much. I rather see some that has as many categories as the Grammy's or Oscar, even it takes forever to present them all. People will never give much credit to these awards. I, myself, am having a hard time directly understanding why they nominated some games in some categories. No offense, but this is a British Academy, it's only natural they "make room" for British afiliated games and forget about some other big dogs such as Dead Rising. Don't take me wrong though, I personally like Tomb Raider, Hitman: Blood Money, Fifa 06 WC, and Moto GP '06; I own them all, and I'm playing them right now (check my blog, and see my collection or gamertag).

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Guitar Hero and Locoroco FTW!

_Sam_
_Sam_

well Oblivion was good

Stabby
Stabby

Oblivion appears it will prevale this year overall at this rate...

azwer
azwer

bad nominations

superkhy
superkhy

Shadow of the Colossus should be in Game.

belinchu
belinchu

Geez. Quit complaining. Fact is, these ARE this year's game. Mostly because this year sucked so far. But there are actually so games which save themselves.

trentn13
trentn13

these games kinda suck...ok im thinkin guitar hero for innovation, oblivion for gameplay, graw action and adventure, fnr3for sports and graw for best game...where the hell is oblivion in best game and why is tomb raider in act. and adv.>?!?1!???! and blood money isnt that good of a game and black sucks

fartys
fartys

hoping here that guitar hero wins GO GUITAR HERO!

amogley
amogley

I checked the website .. games are eligible if they were released (or are to be released) during the 2006 calendar year. I still find some of the nominations surprising ... Rockstar Table Tennis is also nominated under the Simulation category :o BAFTA = British Academy of Film and Television Arts ... so why the interest in games ... "The Academy is now committed to the development of the contemporary art form of video games, and to lending equal weight to its British Academy Video Games Awards as that given to film and television." Are these really the right people to judge the awards?

Erandel
Erandel

An interesting list, but why aren't games like Half Life 2 Episode One included (at least in the gameplay section) wheras something really new like Lego Star Wars II is? Also I don't see how Guitar Hero is all that innovative.. its only a tap a jam game linked to a guitar after all. Black looks like a good choice however, and Dr Kawashima's Brain Training is a good choice as well.

Sadat87
Sadat87

im in for tombraider , fifa 2006 and shadow of clossus

pretzelmeister
pretzelmeister

I hope shadow of the colossus gets the awards it deserves (all of them)

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

Rockstar Table Tennis rocks but look at the games it has to contend with! Gameplay - Oblivion A+A - GRAW Sports - Pro Evo 6 tie with FN3 Best Game - Why is Saints Row not nominated? Volition or THQ not pay a big enough bribe eh? It came out before Lego starwars2??? WTF and pro evo 6 isn't even out yet. This seems like a fake award ceremony to me where only the bigger companies can bid for an award, reminds me of the awful Music Industry. But BAFTA you can't fool gamers, we are not stupid!

JCOscar
JCOscar

i love Oblivion this game sis really cool.

DanC1989
DanC1989

I'd vote LocoRoco all of the way! :D

gj15987
gj15987

Riiigghhhttt...Didn't nintendo do kirby tilt n roll before loco roco came out?

Bananna2
Bananna2

Yeah i agree with you shasam712, loco roco is the best and most original game for PSP and gamespot soo underated it, ign have the right review

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

they have some good nomiees here but we need an official award ceremony thing like the grammies or something

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

It may not be about the machines the games were released on, but it is sure about the marketing spends and size of publisher more than the games themselves. Just look at the related companies on the right.

shasam712
shasam712

I am so happy that LocoRoco is getting the credit it deserves. I wrote a review of that hailing it as the best PSP game and I stant by that. As far as all the other nominations go they all look great, nothing which I wouldn't expect.

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

yeah, i'd be upset too, if the games I love the most weren't on there, like GTA / Halo / WoW / (insert overrated game here). But instead, most of them actually deserve the awards they are about to receive. Note that I used the word 'most'....take that into consideration. Remember, voting is not a high school popularity contest. If it was, then Final Fantasy VII would still be on the top charts, unfortunately.

deepdreamer256
deepdreamer256

I knew the nominations would be crap, and I knew they would ignore all the games that weren't in the charts . . .

Bananna2
Bananna2

Go loco roco and Shadow of the Colossus

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

GRAW and Oblivion are like the best games on this list

PMC11
PMC11

i cant beleive black is up for the best game award, its pretty bad to be honest. it looks like katamari or shadow of the colossus will wipe the board.

casshern
casshern

gavlam69 Here are the rules of entry: If your title is selected for jury consideration, you will be required to make that game available to the BAFTA jury via any of the following methods: *Providing the Academy with approximately 10 copies of the game for the jurors to play *Providing one copy of the game for a closed gaming session for the jurors at the Academy *Hosting your own secure gaming session for the judges at your own offices I guess Konami were not in the position to do that with MGS3

gavlam69
gavlam69

Wheres MGS3 substistence for example? They nominate black but not a good game like MGS. What decides these things anyways?

GTCzeero
GTCzeero

Hopefully Shadow of the Colossus and Guitar Hero will win something

devxwill
devxwill

Oblivion!, some of the other games make no sense...

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Hurray for Loco Roco , hope itl win !

EPaul
EPaul

go Locco Rocco

silverwolfe0170
silverwolfe0170

Shadow of Colossus should easily win every category it's in. Gameplay should either go to LocoRoco or Guitar Hero, Pro Evo should get sports and best overall game should definitely be Guitar Hero.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

A good selection of games there. Hopefully Tomb Raider: Legend and LocoRoco will do well.

kyle_anderton
kyle_anderton

It's about time somebody put on a awards show celebrating video gaming that wasn't half-assed. These aren't the games I would personally nominate, but it's definitely something that represents gaming as an art form rather than a toy for grown-ups.

azizrulez
azizrulez

some of the games here are shocking

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

LEGO KATAMARI! Hey, that sounds fun, wait a minute, there are already legos in Katamari, now have katamaris in LEGOS!

Reetesh
Reetesh

shadow of the colossus wshould win in every catrgory it is in:P Its a truly awesome game..