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Submitted by harlem_v1 1657d ago | article

Why We Should Embrace the VGAs

Original Gamer: "The Spike VGAs have come and gone leaving a sea of upset gamers behind it. But when you look back, was it really THAT bad?" (Culture, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

NYC_Gamer  +   1657d ago
i wont embrace that corny show because they dont really care about the gaming culture
armycore  +   1657d ago
Maybe not as much as you do, but saying they don't care at all is a bit silly.
NYC_Gamer  +   1657d ago
mtv only has that show every year because gaming is now in the mainstream public eye
I_find_it_funny  +   1657d ago
I watched it online and I was stunned how many commercials there are in US, for me it was literally unwatchable.

I've never seen so many commercials per hour, lmao
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ABizzel1  +   1657d ago
I don't think the VGA's are a good representation for the video game industry. It's not what I would say high profile.

When you think of noteworthy award shows you think of the Oscars, the Grammy's, and the Emmey's. The VGA's are like the poor man's Music Video Awards, or MTV Movie awards, etc...

Even though the major award shows are generally boring, they do embody the essence of that industry.

The VGA's first need to match MTV's efforts at their award shows, before gamers will accept them. The main reason hardcore gamers watch the VGA's is for the trailers and game announcements. But since they're posted on n4g about a minute after they're aired there's no need to watch the show.

1. They need to better better performers. The opening should be orchestral music from various video games, or the recipient of soundtrack of the year award. Afterward cough up the dough. Realistically Rock and Rap pretty much dominate the majority of gamers musical taste, so book artist from those genres such as Eminem.

2. Have dedicated awards for categories such as best Action game, best Adventure game, best sports game etc..., and show the receipents getting their award. I only remember about 5 awards being won. We want to see who wins what.

3. Be fair. A lot of the times it's like one person picks the award. Open the process up, let us see the judges, and how votes are weighed. The VGA's should be the voice of the Video game community, top tier websites and journalist, and developers. Not Gametrailers.com, and occasional gamers that work for Spyke TV.

4. The games. Now we watch for the new game announcements and trailers, and while we're satisfied with a 1 - 3 minute trailer, it would be even better if we got to hear about the game form the developer, and possibly see a demonstration. This should be the bread and butter of the VGA's along with the awards.

5. Get off of Spyke, and air on something like MTV until you can go primetime.

So let's wrap things up.

For the VGA's to be supported by gamers it needs to be:

60%- Oscars/Grammy's/Emmy's for video games, with a dedicated panel of judges from all parts of the industry.

30%- E3 showing trailers, and having demonstrations of newly announced games.

10%- Concert with performances from soundtrack winners, and artist we actually want to hear.

And get people who are actually funny, and stop forcing them to try and tell video game jokes. The Majority of them don't go over well with the audience.

And get people who know about video games to talk. Nothing's worse then watching somebody get up on stage, and look like WTF am I doing here.

Once they do all of this, then the VGA's will be worth watching.
LordMarius  +   1657d ago
The VGAs are just like the VMAs, just two hours of dumb TV with awards that have no influence in the industry
antz1104  +   1657d ago
The whole show was full of awkward comedy that wasn't funny, like watching a Michael Cera movie (before Scott Pilgrim, that movie was GREAT).
CombineElite  +   1657d ago
The VGA's were totally STUPID and a waste of two hours. The only thing good about the show was Uncharted 3 trailer and the Homefront Commercial because these two were the only two to show actual game play.

I've watched Public Service Announcements that provided more entertainment than the VGA's.
Eiffel  +   1657d ago
Prototype 2 showed gameplay.
SnakeMustDie  +   1657d ago
No, a failure of a game show should not be embraced.
Redgehammer  +   1657d ago
No thanks!! I will never waste my time on the nasty immature crap fest that is the Spike VGA's. I was watching to see a show about my lifetimes favorite subject, only to be innundated with terrible sexual puns, overt stupidity, and a classless protrayal of video game fans.
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Father Murder X  +   1657d ago
That show is gargage every year. Its never treated with respect. You figure that the industry has earned the right to be treated with respect.
mobijoker  +   1657d ago
Game devs choice award is the only award i trust.Bcoz its decided by the people who make games.
Tron_Rocks  +   1657d ago
VGA?
They should be replaced with an event that caters more to gaming and not cheesy stand up comedy routines. The show should be for gamers of just about all ages and not made primarily of filthy mouth non funny actors that are not gamers.

Jimmy Fallon would be a GREAT host and is a gamer as shown by many examples on his show.

VGA should = RIP
xyxzor  +   1657d ago
It's really not that bad. The biggest issue I have is with the nominees and awards. They could easily modify some other aspects of the show to make it better and I suspect they will.

Overall though it was decent but still has a lot of work until it will be accepted by the media and gamers alike.
theafroman  +   1657d ago
i won't fully embrace the VGA until they understand what i want in the show.
hot111  +   1657d ago
VGA was beyond embarrassing,gaming doesn't need that crap.Just release those CG trailers,cutscenes online,thx.
Christopher  +   1657d ago
***But when you look back, was it really THAT bad?***

As an awards show, yeah. It was bad, very bad.

As a two-hour advertisement for video games, it was okay but not good either.

It plays to all the bad stereotypes of gamers, it doesn't truly honor the people who work and make games so much as force us to sit through Hollywood personalities who most often don't give a rats arse about games read from teleprompters.

You want to recognize the people in the industry, put on a show where it's not filled with Hollywood people but by people in the industry. Have developers, producers, artists, and voice actors attend and present the awards to each other. It would be a sign of respect coming from your peers rather than a sign of a random group of people who do a popularity vote behind doors and award prizes based on what voice actor is hosting the show rather than based on actual skill and performance.
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gonzodamus  +   1657d ago
Exactly. I don't care about what some random celebrity has to say about gaming. Have Will Wright give an award, give Peter Molyneux some time to talk, or hell - fly Miyamoto out there to say hi.

Then I'll care.
antz1104  +   1657d ago
YEAH, its that bad.

I mean, it almost ruined NPH for me. Thats pretty bad,
negroguy  +   1657d ago
I watched it and did not think it was bad but also did not think it was great. The one thing where I had to literally cover my ears up or change the channel was when someone would say a corny joke. There were so many bad jokes on there it was making me feel embarrassed for them.
KwietStorm  +   1657d ago
Yes, they are that bad. Why would anyone defend it?
djfullshred  +   1657d ago
I hate all award shows equally, regardless what they are about. Not saying people shouldn't get awarded for their work...but I don't want to watch industry people pat themselves on the back as a "show" on TV. Totally boring to me.
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CYBERHATER  +   1657d ago
Telling me to embrace that show is like telling me to embrace my own turd!!!!
turok  +   1657d ago
embrace the VGAs?
Hell no.

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