GAME Unveils BAFTA GAME Audience Award Shortlist

We’ve all heard of the BAFTAs, but did you know that there’s a set of BAFTAs for gaming too? Well, you do now. The GAME sponsored even is coming up soon, and it’s your chance to vote for the game that you think deserves to win the Audience Award. By heading over to and voting on one of the shortlisted titles, you’ll not only be contributing towards that game’s success, but also entering yourself into a draw to win a limited edition Xbox 360. Bargain. The full shortlist is below, and features several games that we awarded 9 or 10 when we reviewed them last year. We’re having HUGE trouble picking our winner, so put your vote forwards and let us know what you think!

The full list then…

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • FIFA 12
  • L.A. Noire
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Minecraft
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

A bewildering array of riches… the official info is right here too, just in case you’d like to know more…

With the awards season in full swing, excitement is growing around the games industry’s own blue ribbon awards, the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards, which celebrates and rewards creativity and innovation in the industry. Today, the UK’s leading games retailer and British Academy Video Games Awards sponsor, GAME reveals the shortlist for the only publically-voted award of this prestigious event, the BAFTA GAME Award.

The Award recognises the best game of the year, as chosen by GAME customers and the general public. Selected by a panel of esteemed representatives and media experts including The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury, Johnny Minkley (Eurogamer), Jonathon Pile (Shortlist), Neil Long (Official Nintendo Magazine) and John Hicks (Official Xbox Magazine), the final shortlist was a tough decision after a bumper year of huge releases in 2011. Last year’s BAFTA GAME Award saw over 110,000 votes being cast by GAME customers across the UK and this year’s shortlist is guaranteed to get fans and customers voting in their thousands once again.

With heavyweights from 2011 including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Battlefield 3 all nominated in the shortlist, the list also includes more niche titles such as Minecraft and Portal 2.

The much-hyped L.A. Noire, critic’s favourite Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, soon to be adapted for film, also make the list, while in its 25th anniversary year, cult fans of the Legend of Zelda could have more to celebrate as Skyward Sword completes the line-up.

The shortlist of this top games accolade will be announced exclusively by internet sensation and the number one subscribed UK solo gaming commentator YouTube channel, The Syndicate Project, which has over 235,000,000 views to date. The overall winner, as chosen by the public at will then be presented at a star-studded ceremony on Friday 16 March.

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