Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In It to Win It; Gaming Emotions Ran High at Last Night's Games Baftas, and Things Got Political. Ben Travis Hands out Gongs for This Year's Highlights

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In It to Win It; Gaming Emotions Ran High at Last Night's Games Baftas, and Things Got Political. Ben Travis Hands out Gongs for This Year's Highlights

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Byline: Ben Travis

THE world of video games might not be as glamorous as Hollywood (spoiler alert: few developers look as dashing as Ryan Gosling or Amy Adams) but the industry scrubbed up for the red carpet at the Bafta Games Awards 2017 last night.

Hosted by Danny Wallace at Tobacco Dock, the ceremony awarded beautifully crafted indie games and innovative blockbusters alike with an impressively diverse range of winners.

Here's what happened at the most prestigious British awards show in the games calendar.

A current affair Awards ceremonies always offer those at the microphone the chance to make jabs at current affairs and Wallace didn't hold back.

In his opening five-minute monologue, the comedian joked that Russia had picked all the winners, made a dig at disgraced video blogger PewDiePie, whose YouTube Red series was recently cancelled over claims of anti-Semitism, and of course cracked some Article 50 gags: "Thanks to Brexit, next year's trophy will be a Katie Hopkins Toby Jug, and a prize fund of 12 shillings which by then will make you the richest person in Britain."

Life in mono dominates The game on everyone's lips this year was INSIDE the moody, Gothic puzzle platformer from Limbo creators Playdead.

The Danish developers bagged four awards (Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative and Original Property) for the near-monochrome side-scroller, proving that the new black is, well, black.

Premature congratulations Uncharted 4 bagged the coveted Best Game trophy but music producer Naughty Boy nearly announced the winner before he'd read out the nominees, causing Wallace to dive in and stop him opening the gold envelope too soon.

"This was foreplay!" Naughty Boy blagged, red-faced. "Metaphorically speaking" It's still polite to thank your mum and dad First-person mystery game Virginia triumphed in the Music category, with British composer Lyndon Holland stepping up to take the award and his parents were top of the list in his thank-yous ahead of the rest of the game's creators.

"I'm going to be quite cheesy and thank my mum and dad," he said as he opened his acceptance speech, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd. …

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