Having taken some time to think about it, while the awards portion of VGX might be unsalvageable without a major overhaul, the concept, in its current form, still has some merit. The emphasis the former Video Game Awards put on unveiling new games and new game footage and trailers were a major draw for gamers.
Inadvertently, the format of the VGAs/VGX shows that there is demand for more big showcase events that publishers and developers can use to show off their next big thing to an audience always willing to get excited over the next great game.
For all of Geoff Keighley’s pre-event hype, it sure sounds like the whole awards aspect of VGX didn’t change. According to the /r/Games live thread, seven awards were handed out during the show of VGX’s 23 total awards. At least it sounds like celebrities weren’t paraded out to promote their own stuff though it did sound like host Joel McHale was very much annoyed that he was forced to spend the whole show reading from a teleprompter verbatim.
Apart from the handful of awards and McHale doing nothing to hide the fact that he didn’t have anything to do with the jokes during the show, there was a bunch of news and announcements from the show. It’s almost like a mini convention based on the importance that publishers put on the show for making news with big announcements. So here’s a roundup of the news and trailers from VGX.
I didn’t watch the 2013 edition of the re-branded VGX. Between having company over Saturday evening and watching Jaedong win his first premier level SC2 tournament, I didn’t have the time to. Apparently, though, the only change was dropping the D-list celebrities shilling their own stuff. It was just as bad as ever when it comes to handing out the actual awards on screen.
Anyway, if you missed it too, you can check out this short highlight video of this year’s VGX.
I have an annual tradition over on my other blog, The Lowdown Blog, which involves me going through the annual Spike TV Video Game Award nominees and predicting the winners and telling you who I would vote for if I had a ballot. Since the now-rechristened VGX awards are only online, I was considering dropping the whole thing but who am I to argue with tradition?
While I’m not a fan of the VGX format of shameless promotion interrupted by the occasional award and burning through 80% of the awards either in a big list before a commercial or a big list when announcing that a given game won another award, it is probably the most mainstream of award shows (even if it’s been pulled from TV) so it’s probably worth giving a bit of attention to.
So let’s take a look at the 2013 group of VGX nominees and pick out some winners intermixed with a few rants about this awards show.