Yes, Joel McHale Saved The Train Wreck That Was Spike's VGX Awards

Gaming Blend "No one can consistently say what the exact problem was, but everyone knows that every part of it was a problem. One of the bigger issues of debate was whether the Dorito Pope and the Dorito Bishop made the show better or worse. Well, I have to say that Joel McHale working sidekick duty with Geoff Keighley was the best worst thing to happen for the Spike VGX Awards show."

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HolyDuck1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

No, no he did not.

Totally agree with you, Lukas.

The whole running Geoff layers joke coupled with the diaper jokes were just unbearable.

On another note, totally not related to Joel but those rappers were abysmal.

GarrusVakarian1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

Wtf is this article talking about?! Joel Mchale was cringeworthy to the max with his "jokes". Is that what passes for comedy these days? Every time the camera went back on him i dreaded it, he was one of the reasons why the VGX show sucked so much. Why can't it be hosted by some genuine gamers?

NewMonday1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

Joel McHale mad it crash harder

I would really love to see Angry Joe, Jim Sterling(with the hitman suit) Frances(in-character) and HipHopGamer in a round table.

I_am_Batman1624d ago

I agree. He made the show almost unwatchable for me. He didn't seem interessted in the games at all. The only thing he did was making the show feel like a 3 hours long awkward moment.

Septic1624d ago

I thought he was brilliant. I love the awkward comedy like that. I do have a really immature sense of humour, as do my mates, I just loved that he was trolling so much and made things so awkward.

Like the Dying Light walkthrough, he goes "oh wow, right through the concrete" as the enemy glitches through it. Lol that made me laugh or how he was bold enough to ask Reggie about the Xbox and PlayStation.

Rzep1624d ago


The sad thing is that Joel did what a game journalist should do. He wasn't there to suck the proverbial dick of the developers unlike Geoff. He saw something stupid or off and he pointed to it, not acted as if there was nothing wrong.

inveni01624d ago

He was horrid. You could even tell that he was driving Geoff crazy. I've never seen someone this unfunny. He even made Chuck Nice look good.

pompombrum1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

I liked Joe tbh, Geoff is so high energy and excitable, you needed someone like him to make it work. If they had someone else who was as enthusiastic as Geoff, it would have been far far worse. Some of Joe's jokes like the layers and diaper were definitely pretty poor but for the most part, he done a good job offering comic relief when needed.

gaffyh1624d ago

"No one can say consistently what was wrong..."

Erm...I can.

1. World premiere now some how means showing different stuff from already announced games. That's just a blatant lie IMO, and is the main reason why VGX was terrible. I said a few days back, Geoff overhyped everything.
2. No audience meant everything felt awkward.
3. No build up to award announcements means there is nothing special when people get the award, and the fact that most of the Devs weren't there to collect shows how little they respected the show.
4. Nintendo's appearance was, as always, underwhelming.
5. None of the new game announcements were exciting.
6. Joel McHale was completely disinterested and was almost pointless, apart from a few jokes, Geoff was a far better host. I think part of the reason for this was probably because McHale expected the show to have much higher production values, and it was shit to be honest.

FriedGoat1624d ago

Geoff Keighley is EVERYTHING I hate about Gaming media. I hate the Americanised bull**** that we keep getting.

Joel made it more bearable for me, I enjoyed him constantly pointing out how retarded the format was.

Baka-akaB1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

Personally i'm glad he was here . The show was simply awful , and would have been worse without him .

He went overboard many times , but other than that , he pretty much highlighted how much of a bootlicker Geoff was , and how boring it was to have guest happy to speak for 5 mins about their tech instead of showing their game and gameplay , and unable to give even an approximative date or coming with teasers .

Had someone from Ubisoft been onstage , he'd probably make fun of the division trailer literally showing nothing but pretty walls with a voice over , and it would be much warranted .

He reacted just fine , when someone actually had a game to show , like Techland with Dying lights , and went straight to it . Instead of throwing tons of tech babble that only appeal to people truly invested in that area , and empty PR crap .

He also raised an interested eyebrow over Telltales' Game of Throne . And yet they had nothing to show .
In the end , did put Regis and Nintendo on the spot , and in an (deserved) awkward position , but in the end , DK tropical freeze , was one of the only games he liked yesterday

nirwanda1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

I think they should get rid of all this celeb stuff, and Greg miller to host as at least he says what he thinks and get marcus beer as hes another that has a bit of personality and ties in gametrailers, also they should have someone within the industry who is respected like Jaffe, molyneux, carmack etc.

Pintheshadows1624d ago

I think Geoff should ask Charlie Brooker.

ABizzel11624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

I would have rather had Geoff host the show by himself (says a lot), if I had known Joel would be this awful. I liked that Geoff got the digs on everything and was asking GOOD question about all the games, but that may have just been the huge contrast between Geoff being a gamer and Joel being an idiot on stage. But 1 thing I'll give Geoff is that he keep it professional through all of the intimidation Joel and Reggie were giving him. Geoff didn't let Reggie off one bit, and it's what he needed to do...

You see this is what I'm talking about, I would read Reggie like a children's book. Reggie catching a case, because Geoff's trying to ask about what NIntendo's doing and what they have planned. I wouldn't have been nice once Reggie caught an attitude. Geoff should have said, have you seen your sales in the last year, this is one of the few chances you get to address your audience that's not only streamed across the world but will be broadcasted on TV, you need all the press time you can get and your here showing Cranky Kong. Ooh, Oooooh I would have read Reggie big goofy looking...... Stay calm, stay calm.

And Joel did nothing, but make everything awkward. He was nothing but an energy vampire, or a good time leech draining the little bit of good that they did have.

*Joel was AWFUL
*The Comedy was AWFUL
*Skits were AWFUL and offensive to many of the companies (even if true :)
*The Loiter Sqaud (whoever) were AWFUL and awkward
*The concert was AWFUL (EVERYBODY looked like people off the street got asked to perform)
*The announcements were Average at best (No Man's Sky was the only surprise and it was surprising to me simply because that game is pushing AAA studio features by a team of 4 indie developers)

It was just an AWFUL event, and a waste of 3 hours. I don't even want to watch the highlights on Spyke.

static52451624d ago

Does anybody here know who Joel McHale is? His whole comedy thing is making fun of basically what is in front of him. He makes fun of Pop culture and video games fall under that category. And he isn't really into video games. Would you have him host the Emmys? No. Why? Cause he would make fun of everything and everyone. He's a dick, thats why he's funny

Me? I would've gotten Chris Hardwick to host. Cause I know he would've been funny and been happy there

ABizzel11624d ago


Yes Chris Hardwick should have did it. He has the experience on G4 and Talking Dead, and he's actually funny and brings a good energy to the set. The VGX was already a mess with the low budget, and mediocre content, but Joel, the awful concert, and the awful skits just buried it.

nnotdead1624d ago

Who gives a fuck. No one ever seems to like or care about this show, so why are there so much discussion about it. There are dozens of websites that will be doing their own GOTY. Watch the ones you like.

Maybe before, when this was on tv, i could see people wanting a better representation of the gamer community,(we really don't deserve one) but now that the VGX is just another web show there is no need to care.

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BattleAxe1624d ago

Cinemablend is dumb, article is's because of dumb people who write articles like these that human kind is going to hell in a hand basket....

pompombrum1624d ago

Articles like this are an indication of human kind's doom? I'd say the idiots who lap up and defend the micro transactions in games are a better indicator.. at least why gaming will go to hell.

TheTwelve1624d ago

One of the best written articles I've seen in quite awhile, even if I didn't agree with the content.

omi25p1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

i still think roosterteeth should do a proper award show rather than just the Podcast awards. Its so much better than all the other award shows.

Their appearance on the VGA's this year was the highlight of the show for me.

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OverPaperSkies1624d ago

The North Korea joke was gold hahahaha!

ErryK1624d ago

He didn't save the wreck, he was a part of it.

dansdooz1624d ago

Its not what i expected tbh, thought joel was quite funny and witty, geoff was layered to the max lol.

mike32UK1624d ago

I literally fell to sleep watching this garbage

ar000431624d ago

I actually did, glad I didn't miss anything :D

HighResHero1624d ago (Edited 1624d ago )

I nodded out half way through, bumped my head on the table, then went to sleep.

I actually that it was funny how Joel pointed out how full of $#@% the whole show was and even though some(a lot) of the humor was a bit odd and out of place, it was better than a lot of the vapid, disingenuous nonsense I'm used to seeing.

MestreRothN4G1624d ago

I was at cinema watching Hunger Games 2 with my girl.

Nice trade. A very great movie instead of a crap exposition of the worst USA has to offer.

But I couldn't avoid watching it later. Or trying to watch.

Prime1571624d ago

I remembered last year's and remembered not to watch it.

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