Another year, another VGA.
I started watching the show last year and wasn’t too impressed. This year, while better, is still disappointing (keep in mind this is all very subjective).
The intro with Jack Black was hilarious! and overall I thought Jack Black was a better host that Samuel L. Jackson last year.
The musical acts were pretty good. LL Cool J rocked and “don’t call it a comeback!”, Weezer was cool. On the other hand 50 Cent was O.K. musically but i had the distinct feeling he was lip-synching.
The in-between skits with Black were so-so, mostly overplayed and barely funny.
But all this is just added stuff because most of us watch the Video GAME Awards for…..*drum roll* the games! and in this I guess you could say it’s not too bad.
Several World Exclusives from highlights GTA IV – The Lost and Damned, God of War III and freaking Mafia II!! to disappointments (mostly one) in Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.
Another worthy discovery was Dante’s Inferno which you can check out on my news here.
Mostly the things that annoys me most with these awards is that they feel empty and over the top. The tone is half childish and half condescending at times. What I mean is that they have to show hot women who come up on stage and actually say “yes I’m here cause I’m hot and you’re lucky to look at me” and the first reaction i had was something between shame, annoyance at our portrayal and wanting to tell her to just “f*ck off”.
To add insult to injury these women pretend in a semi-convincing voice that they “loooooove” video games. I mean come on!
I guess the show is made for prepubescent teens ans it shows.
It is worth mentioning that the best speech of them all was Will Wright. Thank you!
Anyhow I could go on for a while and I’d be happy to discuss it with whomever feels like it but for now let’s move on the the list of winners. BTW while I may not agree with some of these I can respect most BUT how the hell can you have GTA IV as Game of the Year and Best Action Adventure Game but not Best Game on 360????
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto IV
Studio of the Year: Media Molecule
Best PC Game: Left 4 Dead
Best PS3 Game: LittleBigPlanet
Best Wii Game: Boom Blox
Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War 2
Best Handheld Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Best RPG: Fallout 3
Best Shooter: Gears of War 2
Best Fighting Game: Soul Calibur IV
Best Action Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto IV
Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise
Best Team Sports Game: NHL 09
Best Individual Sports Game: Shaun White Snowboarding
Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: Lego Indiana Jones
Best Multiplayer Game: Left 4 Dead
Best Music Game: Rock Band 2
Best Independent Game Fueled By Dew: World of Goo
Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4
Best Original Score: Metal Gear Solid 4
Best Soundtrack: Rock Band 2
Best Performance by a Human Male: Michael Hollick – Grand Theft Auto IV
Best Performance by a Human Female: Debbie Mae West – Metal Gear Solid 4
Big Name in the Game – Male: Kiefer Sutherland – Call of Duty: World at War
Big Name in the Game – Female: Jenny McCarthy – C&C: Red Alert 3
for more details and access to the world exclusive footage, head over to GameTrailers.
When Activision and Blizzard merged for a short period the remake of the highly acclaimed Riddick game, Escape from Butcher Bay, was left hanging but thankfully Atari came to the rescue Assault on Dark Athena and announced they would release the game which was “just about done”.
We now have a few more screens and a shiny new trailer to wet our appetites until March 2009. The Multiplayer mode is also getting details.
Aside from the classics Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag there are going to be two more modes.
- Pitch Black: one player plays Riddick in a ‘pitch black’ room. He obviously has his night vision and the other players are armed to the teeth with a simple flashlight in order to kill him. The lucky one to kill the Furyan will in turn become Riddick and so on.
- Butcher Bay Riot: involves three groups of four people. The inmates, guards and mercenaries who will all have to reach a generator. The mode will have a Counter Strike system which will allow you to buy weapons, ammo and more.
Be sure to check out the HD trailer here.