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The Game Awards 2017 Failed the Hard-Working Developers of this Industry

It wasn’t three hours of celebrating the accomplishments of the industry; it was three hours of corporate pandering.

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ShottyatLaw248d ago

I don't get the criticism.

This was the best they've been so far, and the show continues to be the most "respectable" showing if its kind. Where else do you see gaming treated this mainstream?

The attention to indie devs, students, and the Youtube community, all important drivers of this business, was well done.

It's not the Oscars because it doesn't have that kind of budget. But guess what, the Oscars are all about corporate pandering, too, with millions to blow on it each year regardless.

This thing gets paid for by those Steam and eBay ads. To drive engagement, they don't show every award, but instead show game trailers and reveals.

If the fine people at sites like hardcoregamer.com want to spend their money putting on a better show, then I'm all for it. Until then, let's not throw stones at someone doing more to further the industry then your click-hungry bloggers.

Bhuahahaha248d ago (Edited 248d ago )

[At The Game Awards 2017, only about 50% of the awards were announced on-stage. The remaining awards were either announced off-hand during the presentation or weren’t announced on-stage. To add insult to injury, a good portion of winners weren’t even announced until after the show aired. In Best Multiplayer’s case, a winner wasn’t announced until more than 12 hours after the show ended. While essential categories like Action/Adventure, RPG and Audio Design were shoved off into the off-stage/off-hand status, corporate-promoted awards like Trending Gamer, eSports Player and Most Anticipated Game were given significant on-screen time.]

the guy has a point

ShottyatLaw248d ago

Then this guy should write about some of those neglected, hard-working industry people. Let's see how many clicks he gets.

Jamesx82x248d ago

The Criticism valid imo. What hes saying makes sense and they could really improve the show by just fixing some things and taking things a little more serious. If it was and some real effort was put in to actually make it so then who knows where it might go.

They need to trim about 5 of those awards off the list, show 1 trailer before each award as well as do the important drivers you mentioned and it would be fine. They don't need acceptance speeches after each award just the major ones and just limit the ones done to 2 minutes.

It would fit the run time they normally go for, it would recognize people in the industry, and it would give fans a taste of new games to come.

UltraNova247d ago (Edited 247d ago )

The Game awards will continue to be a commercial gringe-fest as long as they starve for money to even organise it. They (and by they I mean Jeff K.) have trapped themselves by being depended on publishers and other commercial companies that force them to shape the entire show based on their promotional needs.

It really is a joke. They need to take back control and create a good show about games and those who make them and support them; a show gamers and the gaming industry wants to see.

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ULTp0ltergeist248d ago

Yup, why is there even a game awards? It doesn't feel like a game event, more like a bunch of pompous journalist and executives stroking themselves.

Retroman248d ago

Josef Fares Won "the game awards show " single-handed "

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UltraNova247d ago (Edited 247d ago )

Yeah coke tends to make people...flip...

snoopgg248d ago

Dpes anyone really care about game awards. They are subjective and mean nothing if your game sold well.

Soulst0rmer248d ago

I only care what trailers they release. This year's event was garage though

Retroman248d ago (Edited 248d ago )

"This year's event was G A R A G E though"..........Really ? i'm sure you meant G-A-R-B-A-G-E !!! garbage .

PlayableGamez-248d ago

Not really, but it does have cool announcements/reveals and the cringey moments are usually entertaining.

Retroman248d ago

Long as Sean Murray don't receive one i don't Care who get one.

RommyReigns247d ago (Edited 247d ago )

It's never been more irrelevant in the gaming industry. The constant pompous corporate pandering (GaaS and the AAA microtransaction green love-in) and the irrelevancy of 'the gamer/community vote' compared to the 'gaming journalist' vote (most prevalent in the 'Game of the Year' award, where Zelda Breath of the Wild got less than 15% of the 'gamer/community vote' yet still won the award), just shows that they have not learned the lessons of the 2016 TGAs and that the Geoff Keighley pet project has been an utter failure. The only real reason to tune in is for the new trailers of upcoming games, because the rest of it is puerile trash.

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DialgaMarine248d ago (Edited 248d ago )

The Game Awards has been a joke since it’s inception in 2014. The level of underlying bias is insane. The only reason to tune in is for reveal trailers.

Sciurus_vulgaris248d ago

The game awards functions more like advertisement for publishers that back it than an actual award show. The categories for nomination changes yearly also. For example this year there was no best graphics category.

FernDiggidy247d ago (Edited 247d ago )

And for Crowbcat's cringe comps.

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