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Ken Levine guest of BAFTA for Bioshock Infinite Q&A

12 Mar

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Last night BAFTA Games were joined by Ken Levine, creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games, at The Princess Anne Theatre in Piccadilly for a very interesting Bioshock Q&A session.

Levine talked about storytelling, character development, taking risks in games and many other game-related (and Bioshock-related) stuff.

In the first half of the evening, Levine gave a presentation outlining his  main aims for BioShock Infinite. He talked about the importance of “emotionally connecting gamers with the characters”, something he sees as a hallmark of the BioShock series. Levine then showed the complex process of creating the range of emotions for the AI of Elizabeth; from the voiceover to the motion-captures.

In the second part, Simon Parkin (from The Guardian) interviewed Levine on how his career developed, and what advice he could offer to those trying to break into the game industry. Levine was keen to emphasise the great luck he has had in his career. First, his discovery that he had a gift for writing and secondly, the opportunity he got to work on Thief: The Dark Project having never written for games before.

However, he also underlined that new developers must be willing to work incredibly hard: “It took us four months of talking before I wrote BioShock Infinite over two drafts”.

It is clear that Bioshock Infinite will be taking his company’s mission to its most ambition point to date.

You can read more about this Q&A event on BAFTA’s official report and/or reading the Twitter reel from BAFTA Games.

BAFTA 2013 | British Academy Video Games Awards winners

6 Mar

You all know, yesterday night was the time for the British Academy Games Awards 2013. Here’s the full list of winners and runners up.

BEST ACTION | Far Cry 3

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Runners up: Hitman Absolution, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2

BEST ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT | Journey

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Runners up: Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Room, Dear Easther

BEST AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT | Journey

Runners up: Far Cry 3, Beat Sneak Bandit, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Dear Easther

BAFTA Ones To Watch | Starcrossed

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Runners up: Project Thanatos, Pixel Story

BEST GAME | Dishonored

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Runners up: Journey, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead, FIFA 13, Far Cry 3

BEST BRITISH GAME | The Room

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Runners up: Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Forza Horizon, Dear Easther, Super Hexagon, LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings

BEST DEBUT GAME | The Unfinished Swan

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Runners up: Deadlight, Forza Horizon, Dear Easther, Proteus, The Room

BEST FAMILY GAME | LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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Runners up: Minecraft (X360 Edition), Just Dance 4, Skylanders Giants, Clay Jam, LEGO: The Lord Of The Rings

BEST FELLOWSHIP | Gabe Newell

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BEST GAME DESIGN | Journey

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Runners up: Dishonored, Far Cry 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead

BEST GAME INNOVATION | The Unfinished Swan

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Runners up: FEZ, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Wonderbook: Books of Spells, Journey, Kinect Sesame Street TV

BEST MOBILE & HANDHELD | The Walking Dead

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Runners up: Little Big Planet (Vita), New Star Soccer, Incoboto, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, The Room

BEST ONLINE – BROWSER | SongPop

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Runners up: The Settlers Online, Merlin: The Game, Runescape, Amateur Surgeon Hospital, Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!

BEST ONLINE – MULTIPLAYER | Journey

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Runners up: Assassin’s Creed III, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Halo 4, Borderlands 2

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC | Journey

Runners up: Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed III, Thomas Was Alone, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead

BEST PERFORMER | Danny Wallace (The Narrator in Thomas Was Alone)

Runners up: Nolan North, Melissa Hutchinson, Dave Fennoy, Adrian Hough, Nigel Carrington

BEST SPORTS/FITNESS | New Star Soccer

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Runners up: Forza Horizon, F1 2012, Nike + Kinect Training, Trials Evolution, FIFA 13

BEST STORY | The Walking Dead

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Runners up: Journey, Far Cry 3, Thomas Was Alone, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored

BEST STRATEGY GAME | XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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Runners up: Dark Souls: Prepare To Die, Diablo III, Great Big War Game, Total War Shogun 2: Fall Of The Samurai, Football Manager 2013