I’ve never really understood why British Academy of Film and Television Arts (or NAMBLA) have a games awards show at all, but that’s a blog post for another day.
The handheld category this year was a surprise. Some lovely little gems such as Magnetic Billiards and Quarrel were faced with the prospect of going toe-to-toe with Super Mario 3D Land. Competing with Nintendo is tough one at the best of times, never mind when they’ve just put out the best Mario in years. However, at least honour would be preserved – there is no shame at all in losing to something as good as Super Mario 3D Land.
The actual winner turned out to be Peggle HD. Fine as it is, the game is pretty much unchanged since Peggle first came out five years ago. It was hard to ignore the irony such a bizarre and out-of-touch decision being made from a podium with the GAME logo proudly emblazoned across the front.
Yeah. BAFTA giving out game awards is a bit too much like a groovy uncle telling you who his favourite rapper is.