Do you know what the best part of last year’s VGA Awards show was? No, it wasn’t the exclusive trailers (even the initial unveiling of our beloved Skyrim), or Neil Patrick Harris, or the train wreck that was the entire rest of the show. No, it was Jeff Green’s vitriolic teardown of the show on his blog. Rockets ablaze and hell’s fire abound, he ripped the show to shreds for being a pandering piece of garbage constructed by people who have no idea what video games are or who actually played them. Instead, Spike produced an embarrassing show that no decent gamer would be proud of. So are they changing it up even slightly this year?
Uh, no. Apparently not.
I didn’t get to see all of last year’s show because my eyes were boiling in their sockets in disgust, but I recall the year before in which Mike Tyson and Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” showed off his abs to the former pro wrestler as they traded stilted, horrible dialogue. At some point in this mess, they had Stevie Wonder on stage. For whatever reason. In 2006, Spike brought on the hilariously awful Sarah Silverman on, who in turn trashed the audience of ‘nerds’ who still lived in their parents’ basements. (She hasn’t been on since.) Or, there was the year later in which a bunch of costumed Gamecock guys rushed the stage to steal the microphone from Ken Levine as he was about to give an acceptance speech for winning Game of the Year for Bioshock. (Gamecock was later acquired by SouthPeak, who is now in serious financial troubles.)
As Jeff Green pointed out, there isn’t really all that much with the awards themselves, which are compiled by a group of legitimate video game journalists. Even the coverage can be pretty good, headed up by Spike’s corporate cousin (and legitimate video game handler) GameTrailers, headed by renowned journalist Geoff Keighley. The problem is the two hour stretch that Spike tries to fill with irrelevant or downright idiotic content to fill between each award. This year, Spike is bringing on:
- Chuck’s Zachary Levi to host. (Hmmm, ok.)
- A performance by The Black Keys. (Huh?)
- Deadmau5 (better)
- Brooklyn Decker, star of Battleship (heh?)
- Seth Green (sure)
- LL Cool J (?)
- Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott from American Reunion (awful)
- NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice (paychecks are good, I suppose)