The Game Awards Replacing VGA, VGX Awards


Award shows do little other than to help market products via name people in media industries to entertained viewers at home. Fully armed with that information, I got into every annual VGA or VGX “awards” ceremony genuinely excited for the night’s events. The intentional and unintentional awkwardness, mixed in with genuinely-exciting game reveals should be the draw; the “awards” aspect is laughably meaningless. That’s the same approach I’m taking when it comes to the new VGA/VGX replacement: The Game Awards.

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Produced by, you guessed it, Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards will aim to “celebrate all things video games.” The ceremony plans to do so with an advisory board that holds Peter Moore (COO of Electronic Arts), Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions), Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox at Microsoft), Reggie Fils-Aime (President and COO of Nintendo of America), Rockstar Games, Shawn Layden (CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America), Valve and Yves Guillemot, the CEO and Co-Founder of Ubisoft, as members.

With that star-studded lineup of the who’s who of the gaming industry, it’s clear that the awards aspect of The Game Awards 2014 is a facade. With so many publishing hands in the cookie jar, we’re likely to see the same amount of “let’s play nice with others” attitude that the VGX’s panel showed last year. What is intriguing, however, is the disclaimer that The Game Awards are not affiliated with Viacom or Spike TV. With Geoff Keighley’s involvement producing the show, we may have seen a stay of absence for the VGA/VGX awards.

If The Game Awards 2014 continues to make a December gaming award event as much of a semi-annual E3 event (when it comes to games announcements), then it doesn’t really matter to me. Just give me a Fallout 4 announcement sometime soon and I can die happy.

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