Batman wins best British game at Baftas

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Batman: Arkham Knight was the third and last game about the superhero developed by Rocksteady Studios

Batman: Arkham Knight has won best British game at 2016’s British Academy Games Award.

However, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is tipped for the top prize having secured 10 nominations.

The indie title has already won awards for best music and audio achievement.

John Carmack – the creator of Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake – is also being honoured at the ceremony with a Bafta fellowship, the academy’s highest honour.

Media captionThe Chinese Room secured 10 Bafta nominations

Mr Carmack now works at Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality division. He told the BBC there was a “very good chance” VR titles would dominate 2017’s awards.

“Award shows like this will tend to be kind of bellwethers about where things are going,” he explained.

“[The games] won’t dominate the market for some time yet, but they will be the exciting things that people are talking about.”

Media captionJohn Carmack has been honoured with a Bafta Fellowship

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Her Story won best debut game.

The unusual title – in which players must try to solve a murder by sifting through an archive of video clips showing a woman being questioned by the police – was developed by Sam Barlow.

The British 37-year-old said he had deliberately tried to do something “experimental” to see if his idea would appeal.

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In Her Story, players consult an archive of video clips of a woman being interviewed by the police in order to solve a crime

The titles nominated for best game are:

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – The Chinese Room
  • Fallout 4 – Bethesda Game Studios
  • Life is Strange – Dontnod Entertainment
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Kojima Productions
  • Rocket League – Psyonix
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt Red

Last year’s best game winner was Bungie’s Destiny despite the fact it did not win any of the other categories it was nominated in.

Media captionDara O Briain discusses the Bafta awards with BBC’s Chris Foxx

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