Jay Castello
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BAFTA Game Awards Census

So for those of you who are new around here, when an awards ceremony announces its nominees I like to take a look at how many of them allow you to play as female characters or otherwise have female protagonists. So far I’ve done The Game Awards, The DICE Awards, and the Emotional Games Awards. Today, though, the BAFTA Game Awards nominees came out, so let’s go analyse.

There were a total of 90 nominations. Of these, 19 had no playable characters. 13 had the player play as both men and women. Fifteen allowed the player to choose their protagonist’s gender. Fifteen had only protagonists of no given gender, fourteen had only male protagonists, and twenty had only female protagonists.

Pie chart!

This is what variety looks like. In every other pie chart I’ve produced for this sort of thing there’s one segment that is significantly larger than the others, but this is different, and that in and of itself is refreshing. There are some caveats, though. For example, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was nominated in 10 of the 16 categories, meaning that half of that ‘female’ segment is that one game.  And don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic game featuring a black woman, but you never actually see or speak to her, so it’s not the pinnacle of representation. (I also feel like BAFTA may be slightly biased because they’re British and so are EGTR’s developers…but then so am I.) However, I would guess that BAFTA have been careful to have a diverse set of nominees. The ‘Performer’ award (not featured in these numbers) has three women (all of whom are women of colour) and three men, which is nice when compared to the ‘Trending Gamer’ award at TGAs, which has never had a woman nominated in it. The BAFTA Game Awards will be livestreamed on April 7th, and I’m looking forward to watching.

This is what variety looks like. In every other pie chart I’ve produced for this sort of thing there’s one segment that is significantly larger than the others, but this is different, and that in and of itself is refreshing.

There are some caveats, though. For example, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was nominated in 10 of the 16 categories, meaning that half of that ‘female’ segment is that one game.  And don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic game featuring a black woman, but you never actually see or speak to her, so it’s not the pinnacle of representation. (I also feel like BAFTA may be slightly biased because they’re British and so are EGTR’s developers…but then so am I.)

However, I would guess that BAFTA have been careful to have a diverse set of nominees. The ‘Performer’ award (not featured in these numbers) has three women (all of whom are women of colour) and three men, which is nice when compared to the ‘Trending Gamer’ award at TGAs, which has never had a woman nominated in it.

The BAFTA Game Awards will be livestreamed on April 7th, and I’m looking forward to watching.

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