BAFTA honours young video game designers

Young Game Designer Competition finalists revealed

BAFTA has announced the finalists of the 2012 Young Game Designers Competition

The Young Game Designers Competition is open to any UK developers between 11 and 16 years old and aims to reward the brightest budding video game creators.

For the first time this year, two awards are up for grabs including The ‘Game Concept’ award, which looks for the best new game idea, along with the ‘Game-Making’ award, which focuses on actual production.

Three finalists, aged between 13 and 16 were whittled down from hundreds of entries, to be nominated for each award. The winners will be presented with their awards at the British Academy Children’s Awards, which is held at the end of November.

The task of judging the creators of possibly the next Halo or Uncharted series has fallen to some industry stalwarts along with famous teenage faces from television, including Outnumbered star Tyger Drew-Honey.

“The quality of the entries was fantastic; I was very impressed with all of them. When I was going through the entries I had to remind myself to move on to the next one as I found myself playing them over and over again,” the 16 year old BBC actor said.

Nominees for the ‘Game Concept Award’ include Cube Wars, the Scottish themed Piping Thistles and Vacuum Pannic.

Getting the nod in the ‘Game-Making’ category (presented by none other than Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) are Ball Boy vs. the World, Crystal of Harmony and Smiley Dodgems.

Game Concept Award jury chair Harvey Elliot said, “The 10 shortlisted game concepts were all really compelling in their own way – really easy to visualise and to imagine as a game experience. They were of a brilliant standard, and I would play any of the nominated games.”

So who knows, instead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 15 in a few years time, it could be Cube Wars that demands the blockbuster midnight launch.