It has been announced that the much mocked Video Game Awards will be discontinued this year. In its place comes The Game Awards 2014.
The event will still be overseen by Geoff Keighley and will still feature staples of the previous award show including world exclusive trailers and musical performances. However, all ties to Spike TV have notably been severed. This break from Spike comes after last year’s unsuccessful attempt at rebranding the VGAs as VGX. The event will take place at the Axis Theatre in Las Vegas on December 5th (the day before the Sony Experience also taking place in Las Vegas) . Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. While not airing on television this year, the show will be streamed worldwide via the Internet.
It’s claimed the show will have a stronger focus on developers and the video game industry as a whole. Perhaps most interestingly, in another attempt to gain some legitimacy for the fledgling award show, an advisory board has been formed to oversee the show that includes many industry legends. Among the people serving on the board are Phil Spencer (head of Xbox), Reggie Fils-Aime (President of Nintendo of America), and Hideo Kojima (creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise).
For more information you can check out the official website for The Game Awards here. Be sure to check back here on December 6th for full coverage of the event on MONG.
Both television and film have public awards shows that help add to the legitimacy of the mediums. I think a respected award show could really do a lot towards furthering video games as an artistic medium. While the old VGAs had some fun moments, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a circus sideshow, and the video game industry was the freak on display. We need an awards show that treats video games with the respect they deserve, and helps further the credibility of the video game industry. The Game Awards 2014 seems to be a step in the right direction, by starting over again, and by closely tying into the people who have really made a difference within the video game community. I think The Games Awards could be a positive way to bring the community together and showcase it for the public. I hope I’m proven right, because this industry deserves a better class of award show.