Bafta Games awards: Hellblade leads the pack

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    Hellblade: Senua's SacrificeImage copyright Ninja Theory
    Image caption Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been nominated for Best Game and Game Innovation among other awards

    The Bafta Games Awards are under way in London.

    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the most nominated title, with entries in nine categories, including Best Game.

    However, it has already missed out on the Music prize, which went instead to the run-and-gun action title Cuphead.

    Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey was another early winner. It took the Game Design prize.

    Image copyright Bafta
    Image caption A total of 45 games are up for awards at the ceremony

    Original Property was won by Horizon Zero Dawn, which was developed by Guerrilla Games as a PlayStation exclusive.

    ‘Meaningful games’

    The nominees for Best Game are:

    • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
    • Assassin’s Creed Origins
    • Horizon Zero Dawn
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • What Remains of Edith Finch

    Hellblade was developed by Ninja Theory, a British studio based in Cambridge.

    The third-person action game features a female protagonist – a Pict warrior – who suffers from psychosis. It has been widely commended for how it handles the condition.

    “Right now in gaming, there’s a big movement towards making games that are more meaningful in nature, that reflect our human experience,” Tameem Antoniades, the game’s director, told the BBC ahead of the ceremony.

    “We wanted to tackle something real that affects a lot of people… to actually give a taste of what that feels like.”

    This year’s fellowship is being given to Tim Schafer.

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    Media captionTim Schafer: My games suffered ‘bit rot’

    The American founder of Double Fine Productions was responsible for point-and-click classics including The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, and Broken Age.

    Record sales

    Sales of video games, consoles, PC gaming add-ons and other related products topped £5.1bn in the UK last year, according to trade body Ukie.

    That marked a record high and a 12.4% improvement on the previous year.

    Image copyright Guerrilla Games
    Image caption PlayStation exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn is set in a world overrun by robots

    The launches of the Nintendo Switch and Microsoft’s Xbox One X helped drive interest.

    But challenges facing the sector include the price of graphics cards – which has been inflated by demand from the crypto-currency industry – as well as slower-than-forecast sales of virtual reality equipment.

    Original PropertyHorizon Zero Dawn
    Game DesignSuper Mario Odyssey
    Evolving GameOverwatch
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