Spike VGAs

By CallMeLuke, Posted 12 Dec 2010

I made a blog about this at GameSpot last night, but it's a bit on the ranty side, and I don't really feel like carrying that attitude over here, so I'll jjust reword it. 


For starters, I don't view the Spike VGAs as credible in the slightest.  The first show was absolutely atrocious, even giving an award to a game that wasn't out  yet.  It reaks of publisher payoffs and it seems for a game to win an award, it has to sell a certain amount of units or be noticed by enough people, and that isn't the way an awards show should be.  I haven't watched the Spike VGAs since. 


I know it seems unfair to judge the show since I haven't watched it in years, but from what I heard last night, it doesn't sound like it became any better.  There were some very, very questionable choices this year, and I'll talk about a couple of ones that really stood out.


  • Best voice actor:  Neal Patrick Harris for Spider-Man in Shattered Dimensions


Now, I love NPH.  I grew up watching Doogie Houser, M.D. as a kid.  I thought he made Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, and he was the only reason why I tolerated Escape from Guantanamo Bay.  I was delighted to learn he voicing Spider-Man in Shattered Dimensions, and I really enjoyed his performance.  Unfortunately, Nolan North also starred in the game and did a much better job as Dead Pool.   Nolan North is a fine voice actor and didn't even get nominated for anything.  t is my belief that NPH only won the award because he was hosting the show.  What's worse is Robert Craig Smith wasn't even nominated for doing Ezio in Brotherhood.  They'd rather nominate two voice actors from Black Ops...


  • Best RPG: Mass Effect 2


Now, I'm a little bit annoyed with this because I  honestly don't view ME2 as an RPG anymore.  So many RPG elements were scaled back in favor for more streamlined third-person shooter action that the game became a shooter with RPG elements.  As much as I don't want to say this, FFXIII should have won over it.  I loved FFXIII, but was disappointed in it as a Final Fantasy mainstay.  Still, it was more of an RPG than ME2 ever was. 


The only thing award that I really agreed with was for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit winning Racer of the Year.  It truly is a sublime game.  Full of speed, exotic cars, great tracks, wonderful gameplay events; really everything you need in an NFS game, and a driving game for that matter.  I'm still hard at work playing the game, and I hope to finish it soon so I can review it for you guys.


Anyway, let's hope someone comes along in the future and does a TV game awards show better than Spike VGAs that will at least feel respectable.

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  • Spike VGA was made for just viewing purposes. It is like just those award shows from MTV with an aim of bringing video game culture to the masses. i think they are the firsts to do in mainstream TV so I cant actually blame them. I never agreed on most of the awards they give since the award show first premiered two years back. The awards are little bit biased and tends to focus on popular games. I havent came across any unknown or any exceptionally good games that are unknown to the people in Spike VGAs.

    Posted Dec 13, 2010

  • To say the least, I was rather taken aback that the Black Ops guy got Best Character. He made such an impression on me that I don't even remember his name.

    Posted Dec 13, 2010

  • I wasn't surprise ME2 clinched the title. Most of who have played it mostly though the campaign and since shooting was so good in that game, they just carried on finishing it the story. But the elements you've mentioned were mostly spread very deep. Thus it wasn't explored by most gamers. ME2 does offer a variety in the story lead by sequences. It is a pure RPG imo.

    Posted Dec 13, 2010

  • There was a show? Why the hack there was no news about it

    Twice you wrote about NFS. Is it really good?

    Posted Dec 13, 2010

  • @Amaya : There's been a big debate on it. Just few days back @Daavpuke @BrunoBRS and I had a huge debate too. None own but Daav kinda had the upper hand. And you both seem to be at the same side.

    Posted Dec 13, 2010

  • actually @Sleven, her post just proves my point. "the shooting was so good" and "it's a pure RPG" can and IS associated with the same game. therefore, my point that it is a shooter and an RPG is right :P

    Posted Dec 14, 2010

  • @BrunoBRS : Oh God! I just hope you didn't turn Daav on here again

    Posted Dec 14, 2010

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