19 November 10
After three rounds of of jury voting, the BAFTA Young Game Designers entries were whittled down to just three top teams: Blazing Chickens, Hexadecimal and Beached Whale Productions.
For the final round, the BAFTA YGD super jury hotly debated the short list of ten competition entries, individually marking each one against the criteria of Game-play, Innovation/Originality and Creativity.
Celebrity Ambassador and super jury member Matthew Lewis said:
All the entries were unbelievable. Everyone has done a fantastic job. It’s a shame that we can only have one winner as I would like to see all three made into video games.
The three nominated teams attended the annual, star-studded EA British Academy Children’s Awards on 28 November where the winning team was announced to be Beached Whale Productions for their game 'HAMSTER: accidental world domination'.
'HAMSTER: accidental world domination' - Players have to help the hamster hero rescue the princess from the villainous Sir Purs A lot.
Dan Pearce (Age 16, Game Director, Executive Gameplay Designer, Concept Artist, Senior Writer)
Sam Taylor (Age 16, Producer, Executive Artist)
James Cook (Age 13, Senior Gameplay Designer, Level Designer, Executive Writer)
Team Beached Whale Productions from Maidenhead, Berkshire, designed their game for the Nintendo DS. The judging panel found the characterisation and design of the game very funny and felt that this was a game people would want to play again and again.
'Born Dreaming' - game in which, just before you go to sleep, you need to find items to help you survive the dream world you are about to enter.
Rae Elias (Age 16, Manager and Idea generator)
Josh Girardi (Age 15, Illustrator and Idea generator)
Aaron Lewis (Age 16, Co-illustrator and Idea generator)
Team Blazing Chickens live near Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales. They designed their RPG game for the PS3. The jurors found the subject matter very original and were impressed not only with the artwork and design of the dream world, but also with the fact that players were able to store points when they were awake to help them fight during the night.
At the EA British Academy Children's Awards on 28 November 2010, the winners were announced to be Beached Whale Productions for their game 'HAMSTER: accidental world domination'.
'i-Volution' - Play a robot in a hostile environment, which has to adapt to survive.
Matt Gilbert (Age 14, Writer, Designer)
Ben Brooks (Age 14, Level Editor, Designer)
James Weller (Age 14, GUI Designer, Designer)
Team Hexadecimal from Swindon, Wiltshire, designed their game i–Volution for the PC. The story follows a worker who suspects that his building is manufacturing something sinister and creates a robot to investigate. The jurors related to the very current storyline and absolutely loved the different character names in the game.