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Charlie Brooker BAFTA.JPGCharlie Brooker has ruled himself out of a role in the rumoured reboot of video game show GamesMaster.

Tech Digest spoke to the Guardian columnist and Newswipe presenter at last night's BAFTA Video Games Award ceremony, where he presented the Best Game gong to Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Brooker had been tipped to fill the presenting role previously filled by Dominck Diamond in the return of the much-missed 90's gaming show.

However, Brooker told us he was uninterested in any involvement in the show. "GamesMaster was always too score-orientated for my liking" he said, "I'm pretty sure they will want a girl to do it anyway, so that would probably rule me out."

When asked if he'd perhaps prefer the titular GamesMaster role that veteran astronomer Sir Patrick Moore once played, Brooker laughed and again said no. "I don't fancy being a floating head thing very much" he joked.


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Dara O' Briain Bafta.JPGLast night's BAFTA Video Games Awards were hosted by comedian and BBC Mock the Week chair Dara O' Briain. His second year in a row at the show, he waxed lyrical about his love of gaming, whilst joking about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2's infamous terrorism scene, as well as how the games industry seemingly refuses to standardise "just one button for crouch" controls.

Tech Digest had a brief chat with O' Briain after the show. "My favourite game of all time", he revealed after a long hard think "that's Impossible Mission...no...wait...Portal!"

It's an unsurprising choice for the comic really: Valve's puzzler is one of the funniest games in years, with an acute, dead-pan humour running through each of its space-bending levels.

O' Briain's eyes lit up when Tech Digest revealed that Portal 2 is now in the works. "Really?! Out this year? Oh I'm definitely getting that, I can't wait!"


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Shigeru Miyamoto bafta.jpgShigeru Miyamoto, the mastermind behind iconic gaming franchises Super Mario and the Legend of Zelda, as well as being the brains behind the Nintendo Wii console, has been given the coveted BAFTA Fellowship award at the BAFTA Video Games Awards 2010. It is the highest accolade BAFTA bestows upon an individual.

"It is a great honour to receive this award here in London in front of so many fellow developers and industry professionals," he said.

"When I started my career at Nintendo there was no such thing as video game making at the company. My only wish was to make something to surprise or entertain many people. I was lucky enough to get the job making video games from the dawn of the industry.

"I am humbled because I cannot develop a video game by myself. Therefore I am receiving the award on behalf of everyone who has worked with me over the past 30 years, and I'd like to thank every single person for their hard work."

Miyamoto joins Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and Harold Pinter as one of the few recipients of the award. Miyamoto is also the first Japanese recipient of any industry to be awarded the Fellowship.

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British Academy Video Games Awards logo.JPGThe annual BAFTA Video Games Awards take place at the Park Lane Hilton in London tonight, and Tech Digest will have live coverage from the event, as well as a run down on all the winners and losers. Follow all the action on Twitter over at @techdigestnews.

Hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain, tonight sees gaming icon Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda, receive the Academy Fellowship award. It's the highest honour BAFTA can bestow upon an individual, putting Miyamoto among such legends of film and literature as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock and Harold Pinter.

Our coverage will kick off at around 6pm tonight, so check back then for the low down on tonight's festivities.

Here's a full list of tonight's awards and nominees:

Action

Assassin's Creed II
Sebastien Puel, Patrice Desilets
Ubisoft Entertainment Ltd/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development Team
Activision/Infinity Ward

inFAMOUS
Brian Fleming, Bruce Oberg, Chris Zimmerman
Sony Computer Entertainment/Sucker Punch Productions & SCE Foster City Studio

Left 4 Dead 2
Gabe Newell, Chet Faliszek, Tom Leonard
Valve/EA

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio

Artistic Achievement

Assassin's Creed II
Sebastien Puel, Patrice Desilets
Ubisoft Entertainment Ltd/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development team
Activision/Infinity Ward

Flower
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/ThatGameCompany and SCE Santa Monica Studio

Streetfighter IV
Yoshinori Ono
Capcom/Capcom

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio

Best Game

Assassin's Creed II
Sebastien Puel, Patrice Desilets
Ubisoft Entertainment Ltd/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development Team
Activision/Infinity Ward

FIFA 10
Andrew Wilson, David Rutter, Gary Paterson
Electronic Arts/EA Canada

Left 4 Dead 2
Gabe Newell, Chet Faliszek, Tom Leonard
Valve/EA

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio

Family & Social

The Beatles: Rock Band
Alex Rigopulos, Paul DeGooyer, Josh Randall
Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/Harmonix Music Systems

Buzz! Quiz World
David Amor, Andrew Eades, Lee Clare
Sony Computer Entertainment/Relentless Software & XDEV Studio Europe

EyePet
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE London Studio

Guitar Hero 5
Brian Bright, Paul Robinson, Allen Freese
Activision/Neversoft Entertainment/Vicarios Visions/Budcat

New Super Mario Bros Wii
Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroyuki Kimura
Nintendo/Nintendo

Wii Sports Resort
Katsuya Eguchi, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshikazu Yamashita
Nintendo/Nintendo


Gameplay

Assassin's Creed II
Sebastien Puel, Patrice Desilets
Ubisoft Entertainment Ltd/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development Team
Activision/Infinity Ward

New Super Mario Bros Wii
Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroyuki Kimura
Nintendo/Nintendo

PixelJunk Shooter
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Q-Games & SCE Santa Monica Studio

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio


Handheld

Gran Turismo
Kazunori Yamauchi, Yuji Yasuhara, Hiroki Imanish
Sony Computer Entertainment/Polphony Digital Inc

LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
James Shepherd, Piers Jackson, Mark Green
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Cambridge & xev Studio Europe

LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
Kenji Sakai, Saeka Horikoshi, Hiroya Matsugami
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Japan Studio

Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Hiroyuki Kubota
Nintendo/Nintendo

Professor Layton and Pandora's Box
Akira Tago, Akihiro Hino, Tatsuya Shinkai
Nintendo/Nintendo

Scribblenauts
Jeremiah Slaczka, Marius Fahlbusch
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainmnent/5th Cell


Multiplayer

Battlefield 1943
Patrick Liu, Gordon Van Dyke
Electronic Arts/Dice

The Beatles: Rock Band
Alex Rigopulos, Paul DeGooyer, Josh Randall
Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/Harmonix Music Systems

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development team
Activision/Infinity Ward

Halo 3 ODST
Development Team
Microsoft Game Studios/Microsoft

Left 4 Dead 2
Gabe Newell, Chet Faliszek, Tom Leonard
Valve/EA

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio

Original Score

Assassin's Creed II
Jesper Kyd
Ubisoft Entertainment Ltd/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development team
Activision/Infinity Ward

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
James Hannigan, Zsolt Marx, Campbell Askew
Electronic Arts/EA Bright Light

PixelJunk Shooter
Dom Beken, Alex Paterson
Sony Computer Entertainment/Q-Games and SCE Santa Monica Studio

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio


Sports

Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Matt Horsman, Clive Moody, Guy Pearce
Codemasters/Codemasters Studios

FIFA 10
Andrew Wilson, David Rutter, Gary Paterson
Electronic Arts/EA Canada

Football Manager 2010
Development Team
Sega/Sports Interactive

Forza 3
Development Team
Microsoft/Turn 10

Wii Fit Plus
Shigeru Miyamoto, Tadashi Sugiyama, Hiroshi Matsunaga
Nintendo/Nintendo

Wii Sports Resort
Katsuya Eguchi, Takayuki Shimamura, Yoshikazu Yamashita
Nintendo/Nintendo


Story

Assassin's Creed II
Sebastien Puel, Patrice Desilets
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Broken Sword - Shadow of the Templars: The Director's Cut
Charles Cecil, Neil Richards, Tony Warringer
Ubisoft Entertainment/Revolution Software

Brutal Legend
Tim Schafer
Electronic Arts/Double Fine Productions

Dragon Age: Origins
Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, Mike Laidlaw
Electronic Arts/BioWare

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio

Strategy

Command and Conquer 3: Uprising
Development team
Electronic Arts/EA Los Angeles

Empire: Total War
Development Team
Sega/Creative Assembly

FIFA Manager 10
Gerald Köhler, Cord Westhoff, Bernhard Maiberg
EA Sports/Bright Future

Football Manager 2010
Development Team
Sega/Sports Interactive

Halo Wars
Development Team
Microsoft/Ensemble Studios

Plants vs Zombies
George Fan, Tod Semple, Rich Werner
Popcap Games/Popcap Games

Use of Audio

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Sefton Hill, David Hego, Nick Arundel
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development team
Activision/Infinity Ward

DJ Hero
Jamie Jackson, Dan Neil, Tim Riley
Activision/Freestyle Games

Flower
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/ThatGameCompany and SCE Santa Monica Studios

Left 4 Dead 2
Gabe Newell, Chet Faliszek, Tom Leonard
Valve/EA

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio


Use of Online

Battlefield 1943
Patrick Liu, Gordon Van Dyke
Electronic Arts/EA DICE

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Development Team
Activision/Infinity Ward

FIFA 10
Andrew Wilson, David Rutter, Gary Paterson
Electronic Arts/ EA Canada

LIttleBigPlanet (PSP)
James Shepherd, Piers Jackson, Matt Porter
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE Cambridge & XEV Studio Europe

Singstar TakeThat
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/SCE London Studio

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Development Team
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

Colour Coded
Murray Sinclair, Faye Wright, Liam Wong, Sean Donnelly, Nnanna Kama
(PixelPirates)
Quick as Thieves
William Wright, Michael Doig, Andrew Knight, Jamie MacKinnon, Lee Cresswell
(Gentleman of Fortune)
Shrunk!
Vykintas Kazdailis, Andrew Macdonald, Michael Cummings, Jacek Wernikowski, Stuart Kemp
(The Butterflyers)

GAME Award of 2009

(The only award to be voted for by the public)

Assassin's Creed II
Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal

Batman Arkham Asylum
Eidos/Rocksteady Studios

The Beatles: Rockband
Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/ Harmonix Music Systems

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Activision/Infinity Ward

FIFA 10
Electronic Arts/EA Canada

GTA China Town Wars
Rockstar Games/Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North

Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
Nintendo/Nintendo

Street Fighter IV
Capcom/Capcom

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio

Wii Sports Resort
Nintendo/Nintendo


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HTC announce Android-based Tattoo

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HTC Tattoo large.jpgTaiwan-based HTC has confirmed a mass-market mobile that uses the increasingly popular Google Android operating system.

Dubbed the Tattoo, it integrates all of Google's mobile services including Google Maps, search and Google mail as well as the Android market where you can download applications and games. It also comes complete with 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and expandable microSD memory.

Available October, it is HTC's second phone incorporating HTC Sense, a new user interface designed to integrate voice calls, texts, photos and status updates.

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bafta-awards.jpgLast night, the gaming BAFTA winners were announced. They went predominantly to 'hardcore', more traditional games and ignored more recent successes. Particularly missing out were GTA IV and the Guitar Hero/Rock Band franchises. Call of Duty 4, on the other hand, cleared up - winning three awards.

Action & Adventure: Fable II
Nominated: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Dead Space, Grand Theft Auto IV, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider: Underworld

Artistic Achievement: LittleBigPlanet
Nominated: Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Dead Space, Gears of War 2 (Eh? - ed.), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Best Game: Super Mario Galaxy
Nominated: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Fable II, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Rock Band

Casual: Boom Blox
Nominated: Guitar Hero World Tour, Buzz! Quiz TV, LittleBigPlanet, SingStar Vol. 2, Wii Fit

Gameplay: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Nominated: Grand Theft Auto IV, Left 4 Dead, Mario Kart Wii, Rock Band, Super Mario Galaxy

Handheld: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Nominated: Geometry Wars: Galaxies, God of War: Chains of Olympus, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Patapon, Soul Bubbles

Multiplayer: Left 4 Dead
Nominated: Buzz! Quiz TV, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Gears of War 2, Mario Kart Wii, Rock Band

Original Score: Dead Space
Nominated: Assassin's Creed, Fable II, Fallout 3, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Sports: Race Driver: GRID
Nominated: FIFA 09, Football Manager 2009, MotorStorm Pacific Rift, Pure, Wii Fit

Strategy: Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
Nominated: Advance Wars: Dark Conflict, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Ninjatown, SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Tactical Strike, Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise

Story and Character: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Nominated: Assassin's Creed, Fable II, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Mass Effect

Technical Achievement: Spore
Nominated: Assassin's Creed, Fable II, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, LittleBigPlanet

Use of Audio: Dead Space
Nominated: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Gears of War 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, LittleBigPlanet, Super Mario Galaxy

GAME Award of 2008 (public voting): Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Nominated: Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Left 4 Dead, LittleBigPlanet, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Wii Fit, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Gary won't be too happy, given how few of his original recommendations won awards. I'm fairly pleased though - CoD4 is fantastic, as is Spore, Civilization, GRID, Left 4 Dead and Fable 2. Given the competition, it's good to see excellent games beating off the populist choices like GTA IV and Gears of War.

(via Buzzin Games)

bt-dmas.jpgIt's that time of the year again - the BT Digital Music Awards. These are awards which are given to bands, artists, labels, shops, and other digital music services which really use the web to its greatest advantage. Although there's quite a lot of "which band has the prettiest website" rubbish in the awards, there's also categories like "Best Digital Service", "Best Music Shop" and "Best Music Hardware".

7digital are in the running for both Best Music Shop and Best Digital Service, and if you've read my post yesterday about them, then you'll know that they've got my vote. They've got some strong competition though - eMusic and Sellaband are up against them in those respective categories. God knows why the glorified spreadsheet that is iTunes got a nomination, though.

Full list of nominations and further analysis are over the jump.

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At last.. There but for the grace of God go some British winners. Champions of the world. Bow before them. Make praise to those that have done what so many have failed to do before. These 10 brave souls have defeated, nay, slain the forces of global competition and emerged the unlikely victors! All hail The Salvo... The mighty Birmingham Salvo.

Yes, you heard right. Britain has won a major trophy. Okay, so it's not a sport's trophy, like a Jules Remet or an Olympic medallion.. and it is for winning the World Computer Game Championships.. But.. hey, it's a trophy god-dammit, and we won it. It deserves celebrating.

yahoo-finds-of-year-2007.jpgSilly old Yahoo! decided to send out a press release about its 2007 'best of the web' awards today. Probably no one else will notice, what with the billions of press releases about TVs and mobile phones and robots and five-for-one HD DVD deals flying about the place at the moment.

But WE noticed.

Yahoo! has come up with this list of what it calls the "Finds of the Year 2007" - basically a self-promoting little ready-made feature for bloggers like us to slot in among the billions of updates about new kinds of Bravia we're all hammering out today.

World Reviewer won for best Travel site, for example, with Move Me getting the nod as best for innovation. Voting for the People's Choice part of the festivities is open for another week or so. The Shiny Media site about handbags is one of the People's Choice options, if you've got a few seconds spare and fancy making some girls in the office get excited and jump up and down and screech a bit.

The full list of Yahoo!'s Web Finds of the Year can be found by clicking the link below - we're not that desperate to go redirecting traffic elsewhere...

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Don't get too excited - you can't buy one of these just yet, so you'll have to carry on guessing how much impact heating up tonight's Spicy Chicken McCain Micro-Pizza is having on the environment.

The Carbon Hero is, in fact, one of the winning entries from the 2007 BSI Sustainability Design Awards. Created by Industrial Design Engineering student Andreas Zachariah, the personal carbon calculator works to calculate your carbon footprint by analysing your transportation methods. It monitors your motion and speed, working out how you're travelling and how quickly you're killing the world by selfishly travelling to work each day.

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Somewhat resembling a mangled clutch of giant paperclips, a new wind turbine design has all the downtown lads and lasses talking -- and they can be heard above its operation, because it's (as turbines go) super-quiet. Since it uses vertical instead of horizontal processing, it gets more energy from the kind of wind action characteristic of urban environments, and also runs more quietly. It should produce 3 times (1.2kW) the typical output of urban turbines when it comes out. The inventor, Ben Storan, was given £3000 by the British Standards Institute for his design. [GT]

New wind turbine spins success for winning student (via Treehugger)

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Once, not too long ago, LG was best known for its washing machines and rather rubbish mobiles.

Not any more though. For after an amazing year the Korean company has scooped no fewer than three Shiny Awards.

It took top slot in...

WAG gadget of the year - LG Chocolate KG800 phone

Best Fashion Mobile - LG Shine KV 4200

Gadget Icon of the year - LG Chocolate KG800 phone

To find out who won ASBO gadget, Green gadget, boring but useful gadget and much more check after the turn. We'll have the lowdown on the individual categories tomorrow morning.

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Well England's football team might have had a dismal World Cup, but at least the WAGs did the nation proud by epitomising the qualities that make us superior to every other nation on Earth - namely binge drinking, handbag shopping and hamming it up for the paps.

So to salute that fine squad of young women we institiuted the WAG gadget award. Trouble is there could only be one winner - LG's Chocolate phone. It started in the hands of the very definition of a WAG, before making its way into the handbags of every WAG wannabe and WAG willneverbe. It's got the strokeable touch sensitive controls, the colourful screen, and a free footballer comes with every purchase. Or at least I think that's the latest promotion Carphone Warehouse are running....

Full list of shiny awards winners are here.

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On paper putting a powerful speakers in an MP3 player sounds like a great idea.

But just as camera phone makers inadvertently created the fave ASBO past-time of happy slapping, so the Samsung K5 along with the Sony Ericsson Walkman range of phones have been unwittingly responsible for the new phenomenon of ‘Bus Blasting.’

This is when normally peaceful buses are turned into discos on wheels as young tearaways push their K5/Walkman speakers to the max, much to the annoyance of all the other passengers.

So far on north London buses we have witnessed sound offs, fights, heated debates about the merits of white rappers, and, it has to be said, a wonderful loved up vibe on the 1.30am N73 night bus.

Besides as annoying as it might be inflicting your taste of in music on your fellow passengers we suspect that true ASBO collectors prefer Heelys skate shoes, after all those wheels are really handy for quick getaways.

Shiny awards results in full here

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Cue fanfare for the results of the first European Gadget of the Year award. In case you missed our previous post it is like EuroVision for gadget lovers, except of course without Terrry Wogan's irritating commentary or strangely-clad Scandi metal bands.

We teamed up with the top European gadgets sites, namely Xataka (Spain), Daily Gadget (Germany), Journal du Geek (France) and GamesBlog (Italy) to ask our combined readership exactly what is the continent's favourite gizmo?

And the winner is, you guessed it, the Nintendo Wii games console which attacted over half of the votes cast in every country apart from Italy. Second place went to the Apple iPod nano (which oddly enough polled better in Italy than anywhere else), while Nokia's N Series phones, which are vey big in Spain, finished in third.

Thanks to all who voted and to everyone who blogged about the contest.

Shiny awards - here come the nominations

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shiny%20awards2.jpgThere's a huge buzz around the Shiny office now for later on today we are decamping to Soho House, in the centre of London, for this year's Shiny Awards ceremony.

The awards are voted for by a panel of Shiny writers and editors aided and abetted by select gadget/fashion journalist types from the likes of The Guardian, The Sun and Q magazine.

If we were sensible types we'd have categories like 'best digital camera under £250 award' and then market the hell out of the results. If we were sensible that is...

Instead we are going to have much more fun in presenting the Colleen McLoughlin-inspired 'WAG gadget of the year', 'the boring but useful gadget award' and our fave, and the successor to last year's Chav gadget award - the ASBO gadget.

Here then are the runners and riders. Pop back later on tonight to find a big list of the winners.

Vote for Europe's top gadget

shiny%20awards2.jpgWelcome to the first European Gadget of the Year award. Confused? Well don't be. It is EuroVision for gadget lovers, except of course without Terrry Wogan's irritating commentary or Scandi metal bands.

We have teamed up with the top European gadgets sites, and together we are asking you, exactly which is the continent's favourite gizmo?

All you have to do is visit our survery page and cast your vote. We will then add you vote to those from gadget blog readers from Spain, Italy and Germany.

On Thursday 21st February we will unveil the top gadget along with the winner of the categories in our other Shiny Awards - check here for details.

Click here to take survey

Shiny Awards 2007 - coming very soon

shiny%20awards2.jpgThe Shiny boys’ tuxes are back from the dry cleaners, while the girls are fending off calls from major Italian fashion houses.

Yep the awards season is on its way. And up there with the Globes, the Oscars and the south Suffolk Marrow growers' Vegathon is the annual Shiny awards.

Each year Team Shiny, in conjunction with a crack possee of gadget know-it-alls from The Sun, Guardian, Q etc get together to vote for the best and worst gadgets of the year.

Among the categories are serious stuff like Green Gadget, Best Smartphone and Web 2.0 innovation as well as a few more entertaining contests which we’ll let you know about very soon.

MetrixLab are again running their annual competition to find the UK's favourite websites in a number of categories. As an incentive to taking the time out to vote, every visitor will be entered into a prize draw to win some hi-tech goodies including a Philips plasma TV, a Nokia N92, or 2 DVDs.

Split across categories including auction, community, fun and games, job, portal, entertainment, blog, video-share, finance, shopping, and travel, a shortlist has already been drawn up, from which you get to choose which you think is the best.

nokia-shorts.pngNokia have announced a shortlist of five films in its Nokia Shorts 2006 competition held in association with Raindance, the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and Kevin Macdonald, director of One Day in September and Touching the Void.

Entrants were asked to make a film lasting just 15 seconds and the results included comedy and animation.

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