An Open Letter To The Spike VGAs

Dear Spike VGA Producers,

I get it. You’ve got obligations. You have to appeal to a broad audience. Your references can’t be too niche or obscure. You have to keep people watching. You have to appease advertisers and wrangle exclusive deals out of game publishers. I don’t envy your jobs.

But after watching the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards this Saturday night, I can’t help but wish you’d try a little bit harder not to embarrass the people you’re trying to entertain.

It’s not hard to find the root of the problem here: You think we’re dumb. You think your audience is so stupid that they’ll be amused by YouTube rants and health potion gags. You think we get our jollies out of watching girls bite cupcakes off conveyor belts. You think videogame references make a good substitute for humor.

Worst of all, you couldn’t care less about what you’re showing us. You don’t care about the games or the people who made them. As Joystiq’s Justin McElroy pointed out on Twitter, “If they don’t give a shit about the awards, why on EARTH should we?”

When you dedicate minute-long segments to the likes of will.I.am and Kevin Jonas while breezing through 10+ award winners in a 20-second montage, it’s hard to believe you care about your videogame awards show. When you parade around more actors than game developers, it’s really hard to believe you care about your videogame awards show.

I can deal with the unfunny jokes. You want to make tired Alec Baldwin references or force host Zachary Levi to say things like “Your urine is magical,” OK. I don’t need to laugh.

But half of your show was dedicated to slapstick. When you weren’t showing game footage, you were shoving nonsensical gimmicks down our throats. You were putting the spotlight on D-list celebrities and YouTube stars. You were making fun of “social gamers” for being anti-social. You were keeping a cow backstage so you could reference FarmVille.

You had a grown man in a military outfit pretend to put his balls in a Call of Duty developer’s mouth because he took too long on stage.

So maybe you don’t care about quality. Maybe you want to stop by, show your exclusive trailers, earn some ad bucks, and then crawl out, leaving slime on the walls and bile in our throats. Maybe you just want to show five or six awards and spend the rest of the time filling space with as many cheap gags as possible.

Except you’ve proved that you can do things right. Your gorgeous, fluid Zelda montage was deftly presented and properly treated. Not only did you give us a lovely cameo by the venerable Shigeru Miyamoto, whose appearance can wrest a smile out of even the most jaded gamers, you showed him the respect that he deserves. You guys totally nailed it.

Then you had Charlie Sheen come out and ask where the chicks were.

Is this really how you see us? If you think gamers are tuning in to watch Charlie Sheen make lewd comments, you’re both completely naive about your audience and totally out-of-touch when it comes to celebrity relevance. The fact that Charlie Sheen was available to present at the Spike TV Video Game Awards should have probably tipped you off.

I am a male between the age of 18 and 30. I know many other males between the age of 18 and 30. We all fall into your key demographic. Trust me when I tell you that not a single one of us thinks it is funny or entertaining to watch Felicia Day slice fruit hurled by the cast of Workaholics. Not a single one.

Why can’t we see developers talk about the games they love? Why can’t we watch industry auteurs celebrate their craft? Why can’t we hear from people who are more interested in honoring videogames than resuscitating dead TV careers?

Here you were, Spike VGA producers, on national television, with the opportunity to show the world that the videogame industry is not solely composed of profane 16-year-olds and humorless manchildren. Here was your chance to demonstrate that videogames are culturally significant, artistically important, worthy of an awards show that lauds what gaming can do and what it can become.

Instead you just shoved your balls in our mouths.

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79 thoughts on “An Open Letter To The Spike VGAs

  1. Patrick Lindsey

    This sums it up perfectly. It’s sad that this is the only form of “official” recognition that we can give the men and women of the videogame industry who push boundaries with the medium every day. I wish we could do more for them than THIS.

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  2. enigma777

    “Why can’t we see developers talk about the games they love?”

    Because most developers are not very good public speakers. Sure, there’s exceptions like Cliffy B and Todd Howard, but speaking in front of an audience is hard. Really hard. Quite frankly I don’t think that watching two hours of nervous developers talking about games would be any more entertaining than the sorry excuse of a show the VGAs is right now.

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    1. Patrick Lindsey

      I don’t buy that. We get to watch sound editors and makeup artists accept awards at the Oscars and even if they’re not the most prolific of public speakers I always love watching them – because they LOVE their work and it’s great to see them get recognition for it. The purpose of any “video game awards” show should be to celebrate the people who make these games, not stuff them in the back and prance around a bunch of washed up TV and movie celebrities in their place.

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      1. enigma777

        I’m not defending the VGAs and I certainly don’t endorse their format. I just don’t think the suggested alternative is a better solution.

        There’s the point of looking past your initial outrage and being realistic about this. There is a better solution to this. A smarter man might know what it is, but I do not. However I do know that we can do better than this. Much better.

    2. twinkling2405

      Same as Patrick – I don’t buy that. If they aren’t good at speaking in public then they should get better at it damnit!

      Warner has quite an amusing community manager, and it was a blast to hear her talk about and show us Arkham City early in the year. She did well. Other developers and publishers can find good community managers, speakers too. It isn’t that hard.

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  3. Gerry Martin

    If you have ever seen the developers at an actual industry awards show like the IGF’s or the GDC Awards you’d know that most of them are just as well spoken as you or I. There are also some who are amazing!

    My issue is also with the host, Zachary Levi (I honestly haven’t a clue who he is). Why did you have him and not just Felicia Day host it? Oh I admit, Felicia Day helped give the show some credit (and she probably was only there because it helped Child’s Play though we don’t know how much they actually raised during the antics) but then having someone who is NOT a game developer nor connected to the industry in any tangible way was a major minus. Hell, even Hulk Hogan has more connection to the game industry than Levi does.

    When I went to GDC back in 2009, they had Tim Schaefer presenting. He is an incredibly funny man on his own and he killed at the awards show. Why couldn’t we have had someone like that hosting? CliffyB was mentioned, why not have him host it? I also reiterate having had Felicia Day solely host it. Why did the VGAs have to just try to trot out as many different people as they could to try to hit every audience when they know that you CANNOT APPEAL TO EVERY AUDIENCE!

    I already hit it up on my website about categories that should have been added but I would have loved to see the categories actually shown other than that 20 second montage. Who were the other entrants? How did they truly compare to the competition?

    I hope, really hope, that someone like G4 gets the idea to broadcast the actual industry awards. The Gaming version of the Emmys and Oscars (IGFs, and GDC Awards for one) would draw in people and when you get the different people who create different games together you get a lot more audience capture. Who wouldn’t want to hear say from Notch as an indie or from the person who is creating the next serious game that could get children learning again?!

    Anyway, not trying to steal this open letter, just having to vent. Maybe they’ll listen to us for next year!

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  4. Theseuskhan

    BEST SHOOTER Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    BEST PC GAME Portal 2

    I think says it all for the high standards Spike TV sets. I’m glad im not a watcher.

    Portal 2 Was good STORYLINE wise. For a PC title it was a massive port and just no challenge at all. If you where a pc gamer who found that hard, well you derp clap for Spike TV id think. Best shooter MW3? ha Id rate Rage, Crysis 2, Bulletstorm and every other FPS title out this year over it. Just because 20 Million Kids buy a title does not make it the “best”. The “best” is a brilliant Engine, Designed for a decade, Devs who care about there audience and not announce “we are a company out to make money”, A game which sales go progressivly after release day and not end up in the 1000′s in a pre-owned bin, A game which is more powerfull then any benchmarking app to the extent it actually breaks suposed next generation cards. Any ideas on such a title? because Spike TV does not seem to even heard about BF3.

    Also

    GAMER GOD AWARD : Blizzard Entertainment

    Gods of what? destroying lives? or making 1 game every 3 years?

    This is pretty much why i stopped watching and reading commercial based reviews. Everyone has the hands in the back pockets. +1 to poster. Any knock against any commercially driven cartelised corp who thinks themselves to represent real gamers is a good one.

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    1. Domsays

      Dude…. You are so wrong. I will first say I am not a hardcore CoD fan. But you obviously have not played it or any of the other games you mentioned.

      Bulletsorm? Bulletstorm.

      Please stop bringing this valid letter down with your biased comments.

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      1. Domsays

        Also, since when did games have to be hard to be great?

        Guess derp clapping is a thing you know alot about

      2. Theseuskhan

        No your 100% correct a game with inbuilt aim assist on the PC and featuring a Juggernaut suit on a MW title obviously deserves the best award. Perhaps it was that or the utter collateral damage rip in the storyline. Or the fact it was “taken back to cod4″ (basically they couldn’t be asked to explain the 0 development on engine), or the fact i spend my life playing alot of games and have spent actually 0 time reviewing games for some pretty epic now sadly dead mag’s under Dennis publishing. My opinion’s are clearly biased against CoD one series that Im currently playing in order to do a tribute for (that’s the real CoD u know the one that died the day MW2 came out). I defiantly don’t play games bro. Whats up bud did i knock a title your a fan of or perhaps a company’s title that clearly people cannot accept is just a PoS due to there devotion to a certain service cough.

      3. Domsays

        Rage more. You are still wrong, and now you’ve proven your intelligence with the English language.

        I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.

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  6. rcpaskus (@rcpaskus)

    I just don’t understand this piece at all. Are you really confused, betrayed, insulted by the VGAs? It’s impossible to be THAT sensitive while maintaining the degree of ignorance required to assume anything of modern television.

    Or are you just another games journalist trying to fill the TINIEST GAP in gamer mindshare before someone else does?

    I honestly feel more let down having read this than having watched the VGAs. At least they had some trailers to justify their BEING.

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    1. Steve Haske

      Ray – I’d argue that no one is upset the the VGAs sucked. For Spike it’s never been anything more than an excuse to dress up the gratuitous t&a and testosterone that fuel the stereotypes which consistently undermine and permeate the industry, their widespread validation completely notwithstanding. Call of Duty is teabagging. Gaming is the domain of puerile 14-yr old Xbox Live players. Duke Nukem is, despite our braying otherwise, actually both the poster boy and glass ceiling of video game culture. These are the kinds of messages that Spike is putting forth. It’s obvious that those in charge couldn’t care less about the medium, as Jason states.

      The relevance here is about underlying implications. Yeah, the VGAs are, perhaps not so improbably, the closest thing the industry has to a legit, televised award show, outside of far less-publicized developer awards (which few outside the industry are arguably even aware of). In some part it shows the appallingly insignificant degree of respect video games still command as a medium. I mean, c’mon, it’s on Spike TV. Like anyone was ever going to take that seriously, anyway.

      But that partnership is a two-way street. Spike’s attitude seems to say, sure, the games industry can have their little award show on their network, as long as they can make it lowbrow and asinine enough to keep their juvenile key demographic from changing the channel or closing the browser window. In trade, the developers and publishers have to agree to those conditions. Without appearances from the game designers and auteurs we revere and respect, the VGAs wouldn’t hold any traction. Including a tribute to Zelda and Miyamoto in a script that also includes the aforementioned teabagging incident isn’t just a sad commentary, it’s a slap in the face to one of the most influential figures in video games.

      So the criticism in Jason’s open letter becomes more than letting designers and auteurs “celebrate their craft”—it’s an implication on how little respect the industry must in reality have for itself. You’d never see another medium so willing (eager, even) to debase itself playing second fiddle in programming that makes most game-related TV shows look like This American Life or Charlie Rose. Is this really the form of identification we want video games to ultimately take? I agree with Jason that games can have real cultural and artistic value, but every industry complacency or agreement to something like the VGAs is just a backslide away from wider legitimacy. The VGAs themselves are a throwaway. They’re just a vessel.

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  7. PalZer0

    One thing that has never been mentioned is that the livestream on Spike’s website was geoblocked for international audiences.

    What’s the point of that? This is a big event on the gaming calendar where companies premiere new stuff. Why not open it up to everyone so that they can see it live without having to rely on GameTrailers or other sites to have the trailers up?

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  8. Ken from Chicago

    Can video game developers express themselves, articulately, passionately, even eloquently? Yes, yes there are some who can do so:

    Spike VGAs were like 2-hours condensed of the worst aspects of ATTACK OF THE SHOW, which barely has any of the good elements of the original G4 or Tech TV channels that Comcast gobbled up and squandered. At least Leo & company have practically reunited at http://www.TWiT.com online network of shows–and expanded.

    – Ken from Chicago

    P.S. Was there a law that all the females on the show had to were mini-dresses? How condescending is that?

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  9. Joe Kuuire

    Reading this, you would think this is the first time you’ve watched a Video Game awards on Spike TV. If it is, too bad, they have been doing this forever. Let me remind you that it is after all, Spike TV. If you’re looking for mature, intellectually content, you’re in the wrong neighborhood. Most gamers know about the video game industry. We know how well spoken and smart the developers are.

    Producers of shows are supposed to develop formats whereby the content is dumbed down to a level where the audience can easily fit into. Look at the popular TV shows and look at their ratings: Jersey Shore, Two and A Half Men, Whitney etc…. These shows don’t show the slightest ingenuity in writing but still receive high/monster ratings.

    if you’re looking for the producers of the VGAs to give a smart, intelligent view of the gaming awards on Spike TV, i’d advise to look elsewhere. Ratings entice advertisers. advertisers provide money. Supply and demand.

    Moralistic high grounds have no room here.

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  10. Marcus Fant

    Very well written! I totally concur with your take on this year’s VGAs. I laughed early on in the pre-show as some of the awards were distributed. Seriously, they assumed that some people weren’t worth our time, yet exposed us to a teabag session? What’s worse is they were rudely insistent on keeping speeches brief, but clearly gave a ranter some facetime because he curses and spits a lot. Just because it’s being done doesn’t mean we enjoy it. We want to hear from developers. Their stories shape their works. I understand that these situations call for various celebs, but Hulk Hogan and Jerry Rice? How about using the actors behind the scenes of these games? Showcase them. It’s sad, but at this point it seems relevant to call forth another award show; one which treats the industry with class and respect.

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  11. Abdulrahman

    Waahhaaw ! Now that one og the greatest articles a read in a while …
    For me i didn’t watch the show ( it’s 4 AM here in Saudi Arabia ! ) but i planed to watch it later, but after this … oh man .
    the last part killed me :(, VideoGames should be treat better in the media ( TV ) but sadly it’s becoming worse than before .

    Thank you for this blog .

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  12. Chris O'Regan

    This is a case of the mainstream media just not knowing how to cover video games. They are at a complete loss when confronted with them and screw it up when forced to create any content about them.

    There has been some mention of the VGA’s being the only legitimate awards out there for video games, but that really isn’t the case. We have the IGF and GDC awards as well as the BAFTA Video Game Awards. The major difference with the VGA’s are that they are televised and because of that they turn into a complete cluster f**k.

    I have no idea when the view that the only people who play video games are males between 13 and 25 will change, but from what I’ve read and seen about this year’s VGA’s, they didn’t do much to dispell that myth.

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  14. Richard Pippy

    You are wasting your time if you think Spike is going to improve on this disgrace. They are targeting the Spike audience, not the gaming audience. What you should be doing is writing an open letter to the ESA to encourage them to set up an awards show to celebrate the industry.

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  15. Matt Barr (@mattbarr9284)

    I could not agree more with this. As a Brit, it was jaw-dropping stuff. I had never watched the VGAs before until last night. To call it complete dreck would be an understatement. Where were the awards? Whilst watching I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Where’s Dara O’Briain when you need him?” It was awful and represents everything that is wrong with modern gaming. Misogynistic and vile are the first two words that spring to mind.

    However, what needs to happen is you guys across the pond need something akin to the BAFTAS. It’s a classy affair, and actually names the people responsible for the games we all love (as opposed to just, “Gaming God: Blizzard!”). The most important thing about the BAFTAS is that whilst being actually very funny (thanks to O’Briain being a brilliant comedian and host who clearly loves gaming) they genuinely respect the medium as an ARTFORM. Spike on the other hand clearly do not. The VGAs are a fucking disgrace.

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  16. David

    Well said. I would love to watch the video game award shows; but, i just know how terrible they are and as such, i dont most years…including this one. I was really hoping that I would come online and find out about the amazing show i had missed…but I knew that was a slim to none probability.

    Can’t wait for someone to do this right!

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  18. Waltham Chompers

    I don’t really see how the VGAs are different than any other form of videogame journalism, other than that it’s televised.

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  19. jessoteric

    Well put – I totally agree with most of this. I am disappointed that the focus of this show that’s meant to show the best of games instead focus on passively insulting the people that play them by portraying gamers as a bunch of overgrown children.

    I do take exception to the bit about 18-35 males. Last time I checked, 40 percent of online game players are women and women 18 or older now comprise 33% of all gamers. We might not be the majority of gamers, but there are more of us every day. Either way, I think we can all agree that it would be nice to see the sexist commentary and slapstick turned down, and have the focus be on games. It honestly makes us all look bad – developers and gamers alike.

    Some gamers might like this stuff, sure. But the vast majority of us are far more mature than your show gives us credit for. Misogynistic comments and having a man in a military uniform pretend to teabag people whose comments go too long might be funny to some people, but I am reasonably certain that most of my fellow gamers would rather not be associated with that.

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  22. swoodbury1963

    Here is some food for thought. It took a lot of hard work, dedication, planning, talent and technical expertise to make a show this bad.

    As proffesionals, adults and gamers this is our legacy that we are leaving behind about the craft, art and enjoyment of the interactive entertainment industry. We should be proud of what we leave behind. This show was obviously geared torward the sophmore youth humor. As adults we should be challenging the impressionable youth to aspire to a greater respect for the industry and not playing down to their own humor that they bandy about in their inexperienced social exchanges. We should honor the craft, hard work and effort.

    The kids may make the most noise and gather the attention for which you seek but they are the minority of gamers and by catering to them you just make the rest of us look bad.

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  23. Anonymous

    “Here you were, Spike VGA producers, on national television, with the opportunity to show the world that the videogame industry is not solely composed of profane 16-year-olds and humorless manchildren. Here was your chance to demonstrate that videogames are culturally significant, artistically important, worthy of an awards show that lauds what gaming can do and what it can become.”

    Except none of that is true. Most gamers are either profane pubescents and maladjusted manchildren (I wonder which category you fall into, dear author). Games themselves have negligible artistic merit, and are only as culturally significant as the next spectator sport.

    Yeah, you heard me right. Video games are essentially sports for the sedentary. And, like sports, they appeal to the lowest common denominator of our population… those without intelligence, humor, wit or subtlety. Is it any wonder that jingoistic ultra-patriotic shooters sell so well? That most video game women are little more than fantasy sex objects? That any game with even marginally competent writing has disastrous sales?

    The VGAs are the awards gamers deserve. If you don’t like it, read a fucking book.

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    1. Domsays

      What’s up, cranky. Another person who obviously hasn’t played a lot of the best games.

      I’d love to see some examples or statistics for half of what you said.

      Wrong troll is wrong.

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  25. Corey Rollins

    Thank you for writing this. As a member of the gaming industry media, I am forced to watch this tripe every year. Every year I hope it will be a step in the right direction, and every year they kick gamers back down the well.

    I really hope this article gets read by someone at SPIKE as it’s gone semi-viral on twitter. It’s hard to miss. But then again, according to last nights show, they will just fly you down to next years offensive VGA’s and buy you out publicly and make you write a retraction letter. That segment was appalling.

    This years VGA’s were painful to watch, classless and disrespectful. If I was an advertiser that was aware of my market in any way, I would think twice about getting into a financial bid war to be showcased at the VGA’s based on their horrible reputation. I wouldn’t want my product anywhere near that train wreck.

    Again, thank you for writing this.

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  26. lordtridus

    People need to stop watching, showing up for, reporting, and generally doing anything to acknowledge this shit exists. Because that’s what it is: shit. The only way to stop it is to low rating it into oblivion.

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  27. Dre

    Watching the live stream with a group of game design students, (who are working hard to hit Alpha on their projects), we were all cringing at the VGA’s. It was somewhere between Will-I-am and the Jonas guy that the majority of the campus’s attention turned to the UFC event, only returning to watch premier trailers.

    Well written post, I can only hope the quality of this event increases and becomes something a bit more respectable for the hard working people in our industry.

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  28. Raymond Padilla

    This is such and old, tired, and ignorant rant. I’ve been reading this same article every year for the last seven years. Why is it hard to understand that the Spike TV VGAs are the equivalent of the MTV Movie Awards? I don’t see movie critics whining about the MTV Movie Awards. Instead of wasting time with old rants, why don’t you do something useful and dedicate time to highlighting the Interactive Achievement Awards at DICE of the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC?

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  29. Legnir

    I did not watch it as I could not do so becaus the Steams were ip blocked and most of europe could not see them.
    But from what I have heard I am glad I did not watch them.
    Developers should stop attending this “thing”.
    Most or many of the Winners should have the decency of denying or returning those awards. AS THEY DO KNOW the fact of their games being no where close to being ‘best their category’. Especialy MW3 its just the exact same game as the year before.

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  30. Travis L

    Amen Jason. It was embarrassing (as a viewer) to sit through this program. A complete lack of respect for the amazing job these developers do.

    The VGA’s are a joke, figuratively and actually.

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  32. Medeiros83

    I totally agree… I was so disappointed. There were countless games barely mentioned if they were even mentioned at all. How hard would it have been to make a slideshow montage to all the awesome games that didn’t win awards? There are so many things they could have done.

    Charlie Sheen probably doesn’t even play video games. What a joke.

    As for the public speaking Cliffy totally failed, he sounded like he smoked a big fatty before he got on stage.

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  33. Jeff Rivera

    I’m late to the party here, but I fully agree with everything said in the post. I cringe when this stuff rolls out and my non-gamer friends or family members catch some it, because they know me as the “the game review guy.” These VGAs literally do little more than embarrass me each year, and I can’t help but just wish they’d go away.

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  34. gameartstudent

    I’m a sophomore studying game art in college. A bunch of my fellow friends and game development majors gathered to watch this show, and I was only partly disappointed. Being on Spike, I guess we all got what we should have expected; pandering, immature tripe aimed at the 16 year old male audience that enjoys Spike to begin with. Unfortunately, it is shows and other displays like this that add fuel to the fire of those who would put the game industry down as nothing but Spike-worthy entertainment. This should not be the show that represents achievement in the game industry.

    Not to say that Spike shouldn’t be allowed to hold a mock-game-awards show; we still do enjoy the right of free speech for now. I just think that the Spike VGAs should not be the defacto game awards show every year. In case people don’t know, the Game Developer’s Conference holds an awards show every year, the Game Developer’s Choice Awards; I remember watching one of them when G4 was still good.

    I don’t know for sure if they still air these awards, but they really should. The year I watched it the event was handled superbly, and I believe it was so because the name of the awards implies who votes for what games win which categories. Spike TV was not the first person to give Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto a lifetime achievement award; the more meaningful GDC Awards gave it to him first in 2007. The GDC Awards even have a category called The First Penguin Award, which REWARDS being the first person or group to have tried something new and fresh in the industry, even if it didn’t succeed at first.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that the Spike VGAs should not really have to clean up their act. I’m sure they got a lot of younger, less mature gamers to laugh and fawn over the girls. The good things I got out of it was seeing the trailer for The Last of Us (which looks very promising), and seeing Mr. Miyamoto accept his award; he’s such a humble and honest man, truly an inspiration for all us future game developers.

    The Spike VGAs was not a total loss, but more attention should be brought to awards shows for the game industry that are meaningful and truly honor the developers and their dedication to making the best video games yet. The GCD Awards are just one example of a few that may be out there, and are the example that the Spike VGAs may want to look at one day.

    Also, despite how juvenile it was, I did chuckle a bit at the CoD developer when he got “teabagged”. I still think BF3 got robbed.

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  35. Elias Toufexis

    Hey man
    As an actor who works very often in video games I am pretty passionate about the fact that they are indeed ART. But until the rest of the world sees them that way, this is the crap we’ll have to deal with

    -Elias Toufexis

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  38. Peter lount

    YOU SAID:
    =========

    “But half of your show was dedicated to slapstick.”

    QUESTIONS:
    ===========
    How is that any different than what you see on X-play or the majority of podcasts (Destructoid, Game Spy Debriefings, Joystiq, Electric Hydra, etc.) ?

    Aren’t most video game media more interested in making juvenile jokes and goofing around than having a serious discussion or presentation about games? And in that respect, why only target the VGA’s for this?

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