History of the Video Game Awards

In 2003, the Spike TV Video Game Awards (or VGAs) became the first of such honors to focus on honoring recognition of excellence within the growing computer and video game industries. Each year, the best of the games are rewarded, interspersed with live musical performances, film and television celebrity appearances, and preview trailers for soon-to-release video games. The awards ceremony has taken place in various locations in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Las Vegas, and has been hosted by Samuel L. Jackson on multiple occasions. in 2009, for the first time, the awards show did not have any host at all. Musical performers have included Snoop Dogg and The Bravery, and celebrity guests in the past have included Jack Black, the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore, Green Bay, and Stevie wonder.

Among the shows honors are categories featuring the coveted Game of the Year, along with best of honors for hottest video action and adventure, innovative graphics, and technology. Categories include separate honors for best Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC games; separate honors for best handheld, shooter, action adventure, RPG, multiplayer, fighting, individual sports, team sports, driving, and music games; Game of the Year; Studio of the Year; Best Soundtrack, Best Original Score, Best Graphics, Best Game Based On a Movie/TV show, Best Performance By a Human Male/Female, Best Cast, Best Voice, Best Downloadable Game, Best DLC, and Most Anticipated Game.

Critics of the awards disapprove of its selection processes for determining both nominees and winners, which they are concerned reflect bias toward specific products and platforms, with video console games being more likely to come out as winners of the crystal awards over PC games. Since winners are determined by online polls, critics accuse the program of awarding popularity only, rather than true advancement or innovation in the grand scheme of the industry. Additionally, concerns arise from the show’s tendency to misappropriate awards or refer to games incorrectly. for instance, during the first Video Game Awards show, Halo won an award in the category of best shooter even though it should have been deemed ineligible, since it was technically a two year old game by then.

During the second awards ceremony, the host, Samuel L. Jackson, referred to the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as Grand Theft Auto 2. in addition, later on the same year’s show, the game was mistakenly displayed with the label of Grand Theft Auto 3. when video games King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie and 50 Cent: Bulletproof were nominated in categories despite having not even been released by the time the awards program had been filmed – in fact only being released just in time for the award show’s broadcast – critics immediately took their nominations as nothing more than components of advertising and publicity campaigns for both games. it did not help that the video game Bulletproof, had actually even been nominated for the most highly sought after honor of the awards show, Game of the Year, in spite of negative reception by critics as well as gamers upon its release. another sore spot for critics of the awards program is that they feel the ceremony dedicates too much time and emphasis to celebrities, musical performances, and aspects of pop culture that have nothing to do with the video game industry, just to draw a larger audience and boost ratings for the show.

History of the Video Game Awards

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