Wednesday, December 24, 2008

EXP Podcast #5 - And the Award Goes to...

This week on the EXP Podcast, we discuss the "prestigious" Spike TV Video Game Award show. This glamorous extravaganza aired on December 14th complete with scantily clad ladies, crotch shotguns, and some fairly insulting stereotypes. Check out the links in the show notes for photos and videos from the event, as well as the Game Developer Choice Awards as an interesting alternative to Spike's affair. Again, we encourage you all to participate by leaving your comments.

Some possible questions for discussion:
-What would you like to see in a videogame award show?
-What kind of awards would you give out?
-Who do you think should vote on the winners?

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Lastly, happy holidays for all those with one to celebrate!

Show Notes:

- Run Time: 30mins 1sec
- Spike TV's Video Game Award Show
- Photos of the event courtesy of MTV Multiplayer
- Game Developer Choice Awards


  1. I realize I'm quite a bit late responding to this, but I wanted to throw my two cents in anyway. I've said for several years now that Spike TVs video game awards are bad for the industry. They present a highly skewed image of gaming culture that is nowhere near accurate and can only serve to damage whatever credibility the industry and its followers may manage to gain. As if we're not already targeted enough, this awards show paints a target on every gamer and dares society to think that any of us are actually respectable human beings. Not only do I refuse to watch this thing, if I were a developer, I would have to seriously consider the merits of actually accepting a nomination of any sort.

  2. I tend to agree with your sentiments, but to play devil's advocate...

    Is even a slightly questionable award better than no award? Also, I wonder if "game of the year" status helps developers drum up funds for future projects? I hope this isn't the case, maybe some of the developers who don't really like the VGAs would still want to win one in order to raise their visibility.