VGChartz's Lee Mehr: "Awards shows can be a tough sell for some. The glitz and glamor don’t always distract from the argument that a “winner” from selective nominees may run contrary to what these creative mediums are about. This is only highlighted more by the insane commercialism and potential internal politics embedded into the proceedings. Let's be honest: does a nominee who’s paid for major ads within The Game Awards (TGA’s) NOT expect to win anything? While I don’t fault PepsiCo Pontiff Geoff Keighley for reviving this end-of-year celebration after Spike TV went bust, we’re several years away from those annoyances—even Schick Hydro Bot, for that matter; yet, it’s still a rotten core only looking to impress an audience with higher production values, announcements, and a few bands."