Spike TV aired its so-and-so annual Video Game Awards this weekend; the show was hosted by the always-classy Neil Patrick Harris, who sometimes seemed pained by the show that was going on around him. There were lame jokes, there was the brief possibility of a bared vagina, and anyone who takes gaming seriously at all winced more than once.
Gaming writers, pundits, and various hangers-on took to Twitter to complain about how bad the show was and how terrible it made our hobby look. There were editorials written and opinions defended, and there was this odd consensus that we should be threatened by the smoke and mirrors of Spike's yearly orgy of promotion. The truth? Gaming is fine, and it's going to take more than Spike TV to hurt it.