The entire event was filmed in advance due to the pandemic and social distancing rules.
The British Academy put on arguably its most unorthodox awards show on Thursday night.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the red carpet ceremony for the BAFTA Games Awards at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall had to be scrapped, replaced instead with a prerecorded broadcast streamed online. Newly imposed government rules regarding social distancing meant that host Dara Ó Briain — still wearing a tuxedo — filmed his segments in advance from his spare room, with every nominee having recorded an acceptance speech, just in case.
"This entire awards ceremony feels like it's taking place in a cut scene from The Last of Us," said Ó Briain, who also warned that his cat might walk through at any moment.
The evening, unusual as it may have been, saw the sci-fi action-adventure mystery Outer Wilds take best game honors, alongside awards for game design and original property. Disco Elysium also claimed three prizes, for debut game, narrative and music.
Performer in a leading role went to Gonzalo Martin for Life Is Strange 2 episodes 2-5, while Control's Martti Suosalo was named best performer in a supporting role.
Action-adventure Luigi's Mansion 3 won in the new animation category; artistic achievement honors went to Sayonara Wild Hearts; Ape Out was hailed for audio achievement; Apex Legends took home the BAFTA for multiplayer; and Path of Exile won for evolving game.
Other nods went to Observation for British game; Untitled Goose Game in the family category; Kind Words lo fi chill beats to write to for games beyond entertainment; and the genre-defying Death Stranding, from writer, director and designer Hideo Kojima, for technical achievement.
The event saw Metal Gear Solid creator Kojima also accept — via a prerecorded video — the British Academy's highest honor, the BAFTA Fellowship, with the likes of Edgar Wright and Park Chan Wook having sent in video messages.
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.