The first lecture in the autumn of 2007 coincided with the London Games Festival – an event whose success confirmed that the “traditional” forms of film and TV had now been joined as popular art forms by the creative excellence and technical innovation of games.
Having just become the first games professional to be made a BAFTA Fellow, Will Wright, creator of The Sims, gave the first games lecture at BAFTA on 24 October 2007. Fittingly, he took the chance to argue for the legitimacy of games as an art form and a storytelling medium, as well as for the importance of games as an “educational technology.”
Since then, the annual lecture has been given by a series of key figures from the world of games including Hideo Kojima, creator of Metal Gear, and Jade Raymond, co-creator of Assassin’s Creed and the first woman to deliver the lecture in 2015.
Image: BAFTA Annual Games Lecture given in 2016 by Ilkka Paanenen, CEO of Supercell