BRIT AWARDS FOR
THE GAMES INDUSTRY
Copyright 2004 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ April 15th 2004 ]
25 years ago this year that the world first started
playing Space Invaders. Today in the UK we spend
more on computer games than we do going to the
cinema - over two billion pounds every year, making
us the third largest games country in the world.
And Britain has produced many of the most successful
games, including world best-seller Grand Theft
Auto, Tomb Raider and Harry Potter. The industry
is a significant contributor to our balance of
weekend (17 April) the industry is celebrating
with the 2004 Game Stars Awards. They're billed
as the Brits of the computer and video games industry,
and will present awards in ten categories, including
Action, Adventure, Racing, Sport, Multiplayer
and Pocket Games. Game Stars will also be searching
for the best player in the UK, who will win a
trip to Japan to meet the creator of Space Invaders.
are big business - since 1995, the global leisure
software market has almost tripled in value. More
than 32 million consoles were sold around the
world in 2003. And may of the best games are developed
in the UK. The biggest selling game series in
the world, Grand Theft Auto, was developed and
produced in the UK by Rockstar North. The video
games industry is a big employer - it's by far
the largest software employment field in Europe.
It employs 20,000 people in the UK alone. And
games are good for you! According to a Home Office
five-year research study, those who play computer
and video games regularly are more likely to enjoy
have made staggering technical advances in the
three decades of their existence. Once we used
to huddle round a black and white screen in a
pub. Today's best seller, 'James Bond Everything
or Nothing', has state-of-the-art graphics and
even includes specially recorded dialogue from
actors Pierce Brosnan and John Cleese. That game
is a contender for an Award in the Action category.
Among the other finalists are Mario Kart, Grand
Tourismo 4, Lord of the Rings and Eye Toy.
will be playing for the title of UK's Greatest
Gamer. 16-year-old Thomas Kingston from Walsall
and Michelle Homewood of Gravesend reached the
final from a field of more than 28,000 entrants.
The pair secured their places in the final at
playoff heats held on April 3 at ExCel in London's
will be broadcast on Saturday 17 April ITV1 at
12.30pm. (with repeats on ITV2 at 6:00pm and 11:00pm).
The show will be presented by Iain Lee and Holly
Willoughby. A galaxy of stars are lined up to
present the individual awards, including Katie
Price (Jordan), Major James Hewitt, comedians
Simon Pegg and John Thomson, Jessica Taylor of
Liberty X and many more.