Journey wins big at Game BAFTAs

Journey was the star of the show at the 2013 British Academy Games Awards last night.

thatgamecompany, the studio behind the PS3 exclusive indie hit, took home prizes for Online Multiplayer, Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Original Music and Audio Achievement.

The coveted Best Game award went to Arkane Studios for its first-person stealth title Dishonored, while Telltale Games and Giant Sparrow took home multiple awards for The Walking Dead and The Unfinished Swan respectively.

Valve MD Gabe Newell was also presented with the Academy Fellowship for his outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the games industry. The full list of winners:

  • Best Game: Dishonored - Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks
  • British Game: The Room - Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games
  • Debut Game: The Unfinished Swan - Ian Dallas, Nathan Gary, Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Family: Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes - Jon Burton, Jonathan Smith, John Hodskinson, TT Games/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
  • Game Design: Journey - thatgamecompany /Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Game Innovation: The Unfinished Swan - Ian Dallas, Nathan Gary, Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Artistic Achievement: Journey - thatgamecompany /Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Mobile & Handheld: The Walking Dead - Dan Connors, Kevin Bruner, Kevin Boyle, Telltale Games/Telltale
  • Online (Browser): SongPop - Olivier Michon, Thibaut Crenn, Daouna Jeong, FreshPlanet/FreshPlanet
  • Online Multiplayer: Journey - thatgamecompany /Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Original Music: Journey - Austin Wintory, Keith Leary, Mony Mudd, thatgamecompany /Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Audio Achievement: Journey - Steve Johnson, Austin Wintory, Keith Leary, thatgamecompany /Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Performer: Danny Wallace - (The Narrator) Thomas Was Alone
  • Sports/Fitness: New Star Soccer - Simon Read, New Star Games/New Star Games
  • Story: The Walking Dead - Telltale Games/Telltale
  • Strategy: XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Firaxis/2K Games
  • BAFTA Ones to Watch Award: Starcrossed - Kimi Sulopuisto, Vili Viitaniemi, Minttu Meriläinen, Petri Liuska, Andrew MacLean




  • BaraChat - March 7, 2013 5:22 a.m.

    Journey and Dishonored were my Top Games of 2012, so I'm glad they won big here. I'm still not done with The Walking Dead but it's pretty great so far. Next up I have to try : The Unfinished Swan. I don't get all the hate on Journey from the gamers though. I can easily understand why it's not everyone's "kind of game". But some people seem to hate it only because it has been a critical success, like people hate CoD for being a commercial success and not for the game itself.
  • SDHoneymonster - March 8, 2013 12:58 a.m.

    You hit the nail on the head. I bet many of the people who slag CoD off are the same who slag Journey off too - gaming is moving forward, both in terms of appealing to a wider audience and in what it's trying to achieve artistically and technically. Some people just don't really want to accept that games can be much more than just a game - Journey is more an interactive piece of art (yes, I went there - I am one of those pretentious wankshafts...)
  • winner2 - March 6, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    I'm just glad dishonored beat journey, because I really don't see what's so great about it.
  • TheBountyHunted - March 6, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    Journey is easily one of my favorite games of this generation. Not only is it beautiful to listen to and watch, it's just relaxing. It's a game that one plays simply to play. Not much plot or character development, all it is is experiencing one's journey. It doesn't need a complex plot, huge action scenes, or dialogue to make it great, its beauty and simplicity are what make it great.
  • occasionalgoldfish - March 6, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    I'm, personally, getting tired of seeing Journey winning so many awards.
  • PatHan-bHai - March 6, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Sony wins! :3
  • Talvari - March 6, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    Still don't get all the adoration for Journey : | Guess it's not my type of game. Though i'll credit the soundtrack and look of the game. Very nice to listen to and look at :D
  • Child Of Death - March 6, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    You aint the only one. I still dont get whats so damn special about Journey. The music is nice but other than that the game is extremely boring
  • TristanPR77 - March 6, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Not a single Xbox exclusive game won. Congratulations to Sony for giving the support and opportunity to indies and their talent.
  • LEGOMatrix - March 6, 2013 5:43 a.m.

    That game The Room kept getting nominated! I have never heard of it, what with it being only on iOS, but it looks like my sort of thing. Why no Android or Windows version? Now it's won a BAFTA I really want to play it but I have nothing capable...

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