09
Nov
07

Does anyone else think something’s wrong with this?


So, Spike TV has announced the nominees for their annual Video Game Awards show.

Award shows.

I, for one, hate the damn things. They’re self-congratulatory, mutual masturbation exercises where an industry glorifies itself.

But, I think they may also be a sign that your medium has reached mainstream acceptance as a viable form of entertainment and perhaps even, dare I say it, art.

Art on the right.

The thing that bothers me about the whole thing, though? They’ve nominated games that haven’t been released yet!

I don’t know about you, but that calls into question the validity of such awards. A number of them are close to release, to be sure, and I’m sure they’d be the nominees anyway. But what if Rock Band comes out, and the multiplayer elements are broken, or not implemented correctly? What if the CryENGINE2 is so demanding that all but the most top of the line systems have to play the game at its lowest settings, which based, on the demo, makes the game look like poop?

How can you ethically nominate a game without seeing the finished retail product, and experiencing all of its elements, including online community and play?

Because these rewards are a joke, at this point. I think it’s a good thing for video games to have a televised reward show. But it’s being shown on a channel that plays CSI: reruns, a show called Manswers, and wrestling all the time.

wrestling

No! Not the respectable Olympic Sport! The poorly written, poorly acted, misogynistic soap opera for trailer-trash idiots!

Yeah, that’s the one. Fucking morons.

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