The Spike Video Game Awards (VGA) is an award show hosted by Spike TV that recognizes the best computer and video games of the year. Beginning in 2003, the Spike TV Video Game Awards garnered much attention, since video game awards were not common prior to its introduction. The VGAs feature live music performances and appearances by popular performers in music, movies, and television. Additionally, preview trailers for upcoming games are highlighted. The show is produced by GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley. The event has been held at various locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 2010 VGAs were the world's biggest global gaming event broadcasted in over 175 territories worldwide.
A week or so ago, I received an invitation from the ever gracious Animax, to a preview of the Video Games Award 2010. Now, personally I am not a gamer but I thought, oh well, I’ll try watching it anyway. And boy was I pleasantly surprised =)!
To give you guys a bit of prelude to the entry, in the coming Sunday 23rd January, Animax Asia will be airing the Video Game Award 2010 at 7:10pm on Skycable Ch46. And a selected group of fans/bloggers have been invited to preview it online.
The show this year was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, an actor and voice talent. Other celebrities that appeared included names like cast members of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Academy Award Nominated Director Guillermo Del Toro, Halo: Reach star and VGA Nominee Nathan Fillion, Thor: God of Thunder star Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Munn, AnnaLynne McCord, and Tony Hawk.
I swear I was sincerely afraid her dress would slip……………...and I would miss that epic moment =X
For a die-hard gamer, the highlight of the show would have to be the official announcement of numerous big game titles and new games previews. I’m not going to list them out and spoil the fun , though if you’re itching to know, you can try searching. For the list of nominated game titles, pop over to Animax’s VGA microsite.
The highlight of the show for a non gamer like myself would have to be the awesome game trailers shown. Pop over to Animax’s Microsite to view the nominees trailers.
I would also have to admit that I am very impressed by the organiser’s dedication to details. And for producing a show that is interesting, even to a non gamer. The stage props, usage of LED lights and Augmented Reality was really quite a first for me! I felt like I was right in the game itself!
Like seriously, dude, check out the smokes and glistering gold buddha!
Check out the floating screens on the foregrounds! Those are augmented reality and will only appear to the home audience. Guess this is the only time we on the couch can shout “SUCKS TO BE JOO!!!!” at the live audiences xDD!
And with people like Dane Cook around, I guess you can expect a lot of crack xD
Probably the best part of the whole award was the exclusive animation for the “Character of the Year”. If a non-gamer like myself find the Out-of-character (or maybe, more “out of situation”) footage funny, I’m sure the fans will be even more thrilled.
The show is also interesting for its random jokes, gamers are really quite
crazy humorous you know =).
So remember to catch the SouthEast Asia broadcast of the Video Games Award 2010 on Animax, 23rd January, 7:10pm! Just remember, don’t watch it with minors, the show isn’t exactly safe for work/kids/family ^_^;;