So with the ceremony having been and gone now, I’m delighted to be able to say that I was asked by BAFTA to participate as a jury member to decide the nominees and winner of the ‘Best Music’ category for 2016. An honour which is typically reserved for BAFTA members and industry veterans.

I was one of a jury of nine and after having a couple of months to play through and (more importantly) listen to all of the shortlisted games and their respective scores, we convened to discuss our findings and opinions before casting our votes on the nominees and eventual winner.

It was a tremendously informative and rewarding experience; as well as being one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do! The strength of the shortlisted titles this year was incredibly high and for me there really was no clear winner, with many of the scores all beautiful in their own rights. I was able to narrow it down to a top 3, and I felt that any one of those would have been worthy winners in my book. So it was with great pleasure that I saw the award go to one of those selections, Ms Jess Curry for her stunning work on Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture last year.

I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the nominated and shortlisted parties. I felt they all did some amazing work and should take great pride for making it to the top of the cut, in a year which saw heavy hitters such as Metal Gear Solid V, Bloodborne, Call of Duty et al not receive a look in. Equally I’d like to thank BAFTA for involving me in the process and putting on another fantastic night at the awards ceremony. Having now received a behind the scenes look, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for the deliberations during the year Thomas Was Alone was nominated. Although then again, I imagine the discussions may have been relatively short given that was also the year of Journey! Either way I found it very inspiring and it’s renewed my resolve to ensure that mine will be among the works being discussed again, in the not too distant future!

Until next time,

David