Saturday night and into the morning, trailers for new video games were flooding the internet. They all stemmed from the Spike TV Video Game Awards that took place on December 11th. I like many other gamers watched the VGA’s, and, like almost everyone else who watched, all I cared about was the world premiere trailers. In the past few years the VGA’s have become the biggest game premier event, possibly even outdoing E3.
The original idea behind the VGA’s was “noble.” It would be wonderful to have an awards show that recognizes the achievements throughout the gaming industry, but the honest truth is that gaming doesn’t have enough celebrities to support an Oscar/Emmy caliber awards show. Average gamers care about the games, they have no idea who Todd Howard, Sam Houser, or David Jaffe are. So, the suits at Spike decided that they need Denise Richards and Dane Cook to raise excitement for the show. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Neil Patrick Harris, but even he couldn’t save the catastrophe that was this years VGA’s.
Honestly, how many people care about the actual awards that were handed out during the show (It would be interesting to find out if any of the developers actually care about any of the awards.). I know I didn’t. So, I have to raise the question. Why doesn’t Spike TV just get rid of the awards aspect of the show? One hour of world premiere trailers on national television would be far more entertaining then the current state of the VGA’s. It might even draw more viewers than the awards show. It seems as if the VGA’s, as an awards show, exist only to allow publishers to put a Game of the Year logo on their games.
So, did any of you actually care about the awards? Would you rather watch a nationally televised show that focused only on world premieres?