Last night some of the Character Select crew and I watched the Spike VGA’s and did what most gamers do when they watch the show. We yelped, balked and bemoaned the awfulness that is the VGA’s (Listen Here). It’s not like we didn’t know going in that it was going bad, in the best case scenario we hoped that after the semblance of promise last year’s show had would carry over and possibly they could improve. It looks like again we all got teabagged.
I will make this post short and sweet, what we want is to let the developers speak to their fans. I only half jokingly said during the opening monologue “Wouldn’t it be awesome if David Jaffe hosted the show?” After his awesome PAX Prime keynote this year, I think any gamer worth his/her salt would agree. Why would he or someone of his ilk be better you ask? Because Jaffe even when he is in the middle of a incoherent cuss laden tangent is ten times more entertaining than seeing Will.I.AM or a Jonas brother tell you what trailer is coming up next. We aren’t idiots, most of us at this part in our gaming lives are adults who understand what Spike is trying to do and see right thought it. Ask G4 TV where there gaming audience went after they went for the lowest common denominator, we know where they went; anywhere but back to their channel. We also know that the content that we’ve all come to see (the trailers) in total would take about thirty minutes from start to finish, that leaves us with another half and hour of nothing but filler. Not even awesome filler, nonsense Augmented Reality scenes, unfunny gamer jokes and half-assed award presentations. I would have loved for the guys at WB to get their due for bringing Mortal Kombat back from the dead or Mark Hamill do his Joker on stage and not in CG form but instead of that we get Felicia Day playing real like Fruit Ninja and terrible I love Lucy sketches.
What we need to do at this point is not watch it, we need to Un-Occupy the VGA’s.
It’s the only way folks like Geoff Keighley and the execs at Spike will understand that this is not what we want or need. If you want to “mainstream” gaming this isn’t the way you do it. You don’t put people who have no vested interest in showing gaming and gamers in a good light front and center at what some would say is big night for our form of entertainment.
I would really like to hear from you, tell us your thoughts on what you saw. Was there anything that you liked about the show? Absolutely hated? Feel free to sound off in the comments below.