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Portal 2 hailed best video game

Portal 2 has won three prizes, including best game, at this year's British Academy Video Games Awards.

The first-person puzzle platform game, developed by Valve, also received awards for design and story at Friday night's ceremony at the London Hilton.

Battlefield 3 was another big winner, picking up prizes in the online multiplayer and audio achievement categories, as well as taking the Game award, voted for by the public.

Comedian Dara O'Briain hosted the event, which was attended by celebrities including Jonathan Ross and his screenwriter wife Jane Goldman.

There were two awards apiece for LittleBigPlanet 2 and Batman: Arkham City.

Arkham City, follow-up to 2009 best game winner Batman: Arkham Asylum, took the action award, while Star Wars actor Mark Hamill took the performer prize for his portrayal of the Joker. LittleBigPlanet 2 scooped prizes in the family and design innovation categories.

Other winners included Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet in the debut game category, Kinect Sports 2, which took the gong for sports and fitness, and Rayman Origins, recognised for artistic achievement.

Monstermind, a game played on Facebook, came out top among online browser games and crime game LA Noire was honoured in the original music category. Meanwhile, Swallowtail's Tick Tock Toys won in the category of ones to watch.

Markus Persson, known as Notch and most famous for developing Minecraft, took home the special award for outstanding creative contribution to the industry. He said he was "blown away and deeply humbled" by the win.

The awards were sponsored by retailer Game, which warned earlier this week that it was in danger of collapse after several suppliers refused to provide it with new products. However, it later confirmed a third party - reportedly private investment firm OpCapita, which recently bought electrical goods retailer Comet - had shown interest in providing it with extra support.


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