The business of November has finally simmered down and the video game industry is just about ready to call it a year. But not until the Video Game Awards take place this week, with a number of games taking to the stage and handful of new ones ready to make their debut. But Microsoft have seemingly closed shop already, confirming that nothing new will be shown at the event.
Geoff Keighley has branched out on his own, distancing himself from the atrocity that the VGX has become. His Video Game Awards look pretty cool, and the nominees line up with some of the names we've been throwing around for our awards, too.
So this last weekend we saw the latest incarnation of the Spike TV Video Game Awards now known simply as the VGX’s… but why the change and should we care?
The Spike VGAs may have had a name change this year to the VGX awards, but it was business as usual for the MTV Movie Awards of gaming. There were losers and there were winners that night. Here’s the list of developers and games that walked away with top honours that night.
I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the annual VGA awards. Sure, you can decry the whole glitz and glamour of the event, that it’s not representative of the entire industry, but you can’t deny that they are fun. From Jack Black rocking up one year in full Brutal Legend garb, to the numerous new trailers and games teased, it’s still all in good fun. And it’s happening, later tonight.
The Spike Video Game Awards, or VGAs â€“ the videogame equivalent of Hollywoodâ€™s Academy Awards, were started in 2003 and aim to bestow recognition upon the yearâ€™s best videogames. Each year, they hand out awards in numerous categories, including the much coveted Game of the Year. Previous Game of the Year winners include GTA IV, Bioshock and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
This year? Nominees for the highest honour are :
Assassin's Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)
My personal favourite amongst a fine collection of games? Naughty Dogâ€™s stellar Uncharted 2, but I think it may end up going to Modern Warfare 2. Weâ€™ll find out on December 12, when the awards air.
Youâ€™ll find the full list of nominees, across all categories, after the jump, where you can also complain about the omission of your favourite, or predict the winners.
Unless I am mistaken all the major games have now been released (with the exception of Prince of Persia) and as such we can start really looking at who is in the running for Game of the Year on the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3. First up we have the 360 and this year the VGA panel has nominated Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, Fable 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV. If I was part of the voting panel I think I would be leaning towards Fallout 3 or Gears 2. Even though I felt Gears was lacking in many departments.