2012 Brit Awards – The Winners

British male solo artist: Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran Plus

British female solo artist: Adele
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Adele 19

British breakthrough: Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran Plus

British group: Coldplay
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Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

British single: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
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One Direction

British album: Adele – 21
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Adele 21

International male solo artist: Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars

International female solo artist: Rihanna
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Rihanna

International group: Foo Fighters
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Foo Fighters

International breakthrough act: Lana Del Rey
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Lana Del Rey

Outstanding contribution to music: Blur
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Blur

Critic’s choice: Emeli Sandé
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Emeli Sandé

2012 BAFTA Video Game Award Nominations

The British Academy Video Game Award 2012 nominations were announced this morning. The event is due to take place at the London Hilton on Friday 16th March.

If I were to take a punt on likely major winners I would have to say that I would expect Skyrim (is they can over-look the initial bugs) and Portal 2 to get a few wins each.

Here is the full list of categories and nominees:

Action:
•    Assassin’s Creed Revelations
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    Portal 2
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Artistic Achievement
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    L.A. Noire
•    LitteBigPlanet 2
•    Rayman Origins
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Audio Achievement:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Dead Space 2
•    The Nightjar
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Game:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    FIFA 2012
•    L.A. Noire
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Debut Game:
•    Bastion
•    Eufloria
•    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
•    L.A. Noire
•    Monstermind
•    RIFT

Design:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    L.A. Noire
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Portal 2
•    Super Mario 3D Land
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim

Family:
•    Dance Central 2
•    Kinect Sports 2
•    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
•    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Mario Kart 7

Game Innovation:
•    Bastion
•    Child of Eden
•    From Dust
•    L.A. Noire
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile & Handheld:
•    Dead Space iOS
•    Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
•    Peggle
•    Quarrel
•    Super Mario 3D Land
•    The Nightjar

Online – Browser:
•    Gardens of Time
•    I Am Playr
•    Monstermind
•    Resistance 3
•    Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
•    The Sims Social

Online-Multiplayer:
•    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Dark Souls
•    Gears of War 3
•    LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music:
•    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    L.A. Noire
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Performer:
•    Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) – L.A. Noire
•    Mark Hamill (The Joker) – Batman: Arkham City
•    Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
•    Stephen Fry (Narrator) – LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) – Portal 2
•    Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) – Total War: Shogun 2

Sports/Fitness:
•    Dance Central 2
•    DiRT 3
•    Fl 2011
•    FIFA 2012
•    Kinect Sports 2
•    Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    L.A. Noire
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Strategy:
•    Dark Souls
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    Football Manager 2012
•    From Dust
•    Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
•    Total War: SHOGUN 2

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award:
•    Dreamweaver
•    Joust!
•    Tick Tock Toys

GAME Award of 2011:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    FIFA 2012
•    L.A Noire
•    Minecraft
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
•    Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Whitney Houston 1963 – 2012

Whitney HoustonThe tragic news of the death of legendary singer Whitney Houston shocked the world and music industry alike. Whilst it was no secret that she had been suffering with issues in her personal life for the last 10 years it still came as a massive suprise to all when the news broke on Saturday.

With the situation of her death likely to be coming over heavy scrutiny, it is well worth remembering the highlights of her glittering career. Whitney’s 48 year life produced an incredible 24 year music career during which she released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. A selection of our favourite of her works can be found here.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our best wishes to Whitney’s family and friends, and to remember her truly outstanding music career.

RIP.

 

Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday

Charles DickensToday marks (what would have been) Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. To celebrate the great man and his collection of outstanding work we have discounted a massive selection of his written work and screen adaptations.

Here are some our favourites:

Buy Disney's A Christmas Carol (Blu-Ray + DVD) for only £7.99
Probably one of the most creative takes on a Dickens novel, Disney’s 2009 animated adaptation offers it’s own version of one of the authors most famous stories. Utilising the latest animation and 3D technology this movie is undeniably beautiful and haunting at the same time. With fine voice acting provided from Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman & Colin Firth, this is surely going to become a Christmas animation classic.

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Buy Nicholas Nickleby for only £3.89
Nicholas Nickleby is renowned to be one of Dickens’ more complicated novels, whilst there have been many screen adaptations of this famous story our favourite has to be the 2002 version by Douglas McGrath. This tale of vengeance and human emotion is condensed, yet manages to stay true to the original novel. Featuring an all-star cast including Christopher Plummer & Jim Broadbent to name but a few.

Nicholas Nickleby

Buy Oliver! (1968) for only £5.19
Winner of 6 Academy Awards, this 1968 musical adaptation of Dickens’ Oliver Twist is a definite classic. Whether you are a fan of musicals or not and regardless of age most people will know at least one song from this movie. “Consider Yourself” & “You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two” being personal can’t-help-yourself sing-a-long favourites.

Oliver

View our full discounted range of Books and DVDs to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Charles Dickens here.

Rugby VI Nations 2012

6 Nations 2012

Sick and tired of Football monopolising the back-pages? Rugby fans can be heard rejoicing across Europe with the return of the RBS VI Nations Championship this Saturday.

England face Scotland in their opening tie and with the potential for a drastically new-look team to be fielded, we are awaiting this fixture with some anticipation!

For those of you who need an even greater Rugby fix we have created a dedicated Six Nations store. Featuring everything from Replica Rugby Shirts and Balls to Books about the game. Click HERE to find a bargain.