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GameTrailers Pre-E3 Trailers

gttv_logoE3 doesn’t start until Tuesday but GameTrailers has some early goodies for us!

Last night GTTV aired what they called VGA’s E3 First Look 2009 on Spike. So aside from the sad attempt by Skipe to try to shove the lackluster VGAs down our throat (the freaking thing takes place in December and has nothing to do with E3!) and the mandatory girl who obviously knows nothing about video games (sorry Rose McGowan), we actually had some pretty cool stuff.

Some of the stuff didn’t air last night but has since popped up on GameTrailers.com.

Not everything was great but nothing sucked (as opposed to the VGAs). I’m going to post the trailers that I like most.

On a sidenote I wish I could embed the HD version from GT but WordPress doesn’t support that so I have to go through the Tube.

Enjoy!

The Saboteur: amazing trailer, ambiance and art direction. I’m feeling good!

Mafia II: Mafia II!!!! Need I say more??? This is going to be epic!

Mass Effect 2: looks fraking sweet!! Awesome music too

Arkham Asylum: Joker gameplay looks awesome and Mark Hamill is the best

Dragon Age Origins: the Grey Warden! Great trailer!

Alpha Protocol: very effective trailer with good gameplay promise!

Dante’s Inferno: cool trailer, I like the ambiance

Brink: good but not much info. It’s the next Bethesda so it has my attention

Just Cause 2: very nice surprise, looks like loads of fun

Lost Planet 2: a nice effective trailer

Brutal Legend: as offbeat as you can expect from Tim Schaeffer

More trailers where shown like Madden, NHL 10, DJ Hero…. but these are, to me, the most noteworthy.

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May 29, 2009 Posted by | 360 News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2008 Video Game Awards Winners

vga_2008Another 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.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Industry News, Random Musings, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment