This year’s Video Game Awards proved that a billion dollar entertainment sector doesn’t always make for great television.
The 2013 VGX’s, hosted by GameTrailers Geoff Keighley and Community’s Joel McHale, started off rocky and didn’t end on a much higher note.
The annual awards ceremony celebrates the best and brightest in video games, and has become known as one of the major events to break industry news. Whether it be the latest game trailer or the announcement of an entirely new game altogether, the ceremony has slowly entered a love hate relationship with its worldwide audience.
The award show is almost entire facetious in nature, not quite sure how to handle itself with its ever changing audience. This year, the ceremony decided to go as interactive as they could, asking audience members to tweet what they would like to see, questions for guests on the show, and comment on the live webcast as it went along.
What entailed was a lot of McHale ridiculing from people around the world and, like every year before, a lot of ridiculing the show itself.
The Video Game Awards are in that period of their life when they’re not really sure what they’d like to be. Are they hip enough to do everything online and not worry about pleasing their entire audience? Do they want to eventually become as grand as the Oscars, bringing the top tier group of developers and celebrities out for a red carpet studded event?
Before the VGA’s can become enjoyable, and not in a poking fun at them kind of way, they need to stop taking themselves as mock awards show, and start acting professional. Perhaps then the importance of them will grow. For now, the entire show seems to play off as a big production from people who aren’t too sure just what they’re doing on camera.
Especially Joel McHale.
Having Joel McHale co-host #VGX must have seemed like a great idea on paper.
— Steve Tilley (@stevetilley) December 8, 2013
Telltale Games announces episodic game based on Joel McHale’s jerky VGX performance.
— Ben Silverman (@ben_silverman) December 8, 2013
I think Joel McHale just pointed out that everything on the VGX is just a fancy video game commercial.
— #TeamFrankenstein (@pkollar) December 7, 2013
Mr Keighley, let Joel McHale go. It’s illegal to kidnap a man and then force him to present an award show #VGX
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) December 7, 2013
— Douglas Veney (@WhoIsDo) December 7, 2013
At the end of the night, it’s still an award ceremony and the winners should be credited with the fantastic work they released over the course of 2013.
This years’ VGX award winners are as follows:
- Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto 5
- Best Independent Game: Gone Home
- Best Fighting Game: Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Best Xbox 360 Game: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Best Voice Actor (Male): Troy Baker as Joel – The Last of Us
- Best Voice Actor (Female): Ashley Johnson as Ellie – The Last of Us
- Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport 5
- Best RPG: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- Best Action/Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
- Best Sports Game: NBA 2K14
- Best Mobile Game: Plants vs. Zombies 2: