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Spike TV Announces 2005 VGA Nominees

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the someone-likes-us-i-guess dept.

Games 50

nb caffeine writes "Spike TV has announced the nominees for this year's VG awards. Oddly enough, there are several nominations for games that are not even out yet." From the article: "The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Xzibit and Ozzy Osbourne are also set to appear at the third annual awards event. Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of the awards, commented: 'Video games have taken over the world as the most creative, cutting edge platform for major names in entertainment to showcase their talent and reach a massive audience. Sam Jackson is one of the coolest guys on the planet; we're thrilled to have him hosting this year's show which promises more stars, more rock and more games than ever before.'" Sounds like it's just as much about the games as it was last year. Interestingly, was tapped, along with Joystiq and Kotaku, to be nominated for Best Blog. Guess they don't hold grudges.

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Not really surprising (3, Insightful)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876647)

Spike's VGAs are basicly the "Who bought the most ads on Spike" awards. Its not an actual award show, its a giant advertising medium.

Re:Not really surprising (2, Insightful)

pappy97 (784268) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876700)

"its a giant advertising medium."

Just like the G4 network.

Re:Not really surprising (3, Insightful)

lorelorn (869271) | more than 8 years ago | (#13879625)

Just like television

Re:Not really surprising (1)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876730)

Seriously. F.E.A.R. is nominated for Game of the Year. Just a bit early, methinks...

Re:Not really surprising (1)

leland242 (736905) | more than 8 years ago | (#13879824)

I'm about 45 minutes into that game. The first few levels remind me of Kingpin (of all things) with HL2 physics. The AI is good, and that cool to see, but it hasn't blown me away yet.

Which is strange, since I loved the demo.

Re:Not really surprising (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877725)

I always thought the equation was whoever has the biggest bag of money or the Most Rap artists/music or John Madden wins.

So I'm sure if John Madden's NFL Hip Hop Underground with Funkmaster Flex Ever gets made, It will sweep the awards.

Spike is for nÜbs (1)

crazed (811280) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876704)

Besides MXC, I have yet to see any quality programming on that network, and even MXC is getting a little old. There are only so many underwear and fart jokes you can make. That said, it is no suprise that an award show on Spike is nothing more than a glorified ad.

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

Supurcell (834022) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876764)

No quality programming? Maybe you are forgetting how much they air Star Trek: TNG and DS9 reruns.

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

crazed (811280) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877129)

Nope, not forgetting it. Not a trekky, sorry.

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

Jorkapp (684095) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878023)

and CSI reruns

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880097)

And Joe Smoe. That show rocked!

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

chrish (4714) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880336)

MXC is funnier if you press the Mute button on your remote.

Re:Spike is for nÜbs (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13881658)

I know, it reminds me of America's Funniest Home Videos that way - marring great footage by having idiotic shmucks comment on it. I wonder how the MXC guys would feel if they knew that Bob freakin' Saget makes them look like 'tards?

Sweet!!!! more rock and rap Bullshit!!! (2, Insightful)

darkmayo (251580) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876734)

News for Nerds... no .. no nerds could give a shit what some music industry twat has to say about video games.

Stuff that Matters... hmm no again and dont think there is much original programming that spike has that actually matters, let alone some glorified celebrity song and dance show that has clips from madden and halo.

mod away.

Infomercials are fun. (3, Insightful)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876774)

Of course the awards are going to games that aren't out yet. The awards are paid for anyways, they may as well build up hype for a launch instead of advertising for an old game.

Re:Infomercials are fun. (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877858)

The awards are paid for anyways

Well, Slashdot was nominated, so I think it's a little more honest than you... ...what's that you say about Google being a co-sponsor of the event?

Grudges (1)

rubberbando (784342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876797)

Guess they don't hold grudges.

Oh suuuure...go ahead and remind them why Slashdot shouldn't win.. :-P

After Slashdot loses, you can say that it has been a dis-honor just being nominated. ;-)

Re:Grudges (1)

lorelorn (869271) | more than 8 years ago | (#13879640)

You're assuming they even know what Slashdot is, never mind have the net savvy to come here and read this thread. Or, for that matter, the literacy skills necessary to read this thread.

Wonderful! (1)

WWWWolf (2428) | more than 8 years ago | (#13876873)

I had so much fun reading the live-blogging features last time (even though I caught them the next day.) Based on these nominations, the event will be just as much of a trainwreck it was in the last two times.

Hopefully there'll be more unpaid external expert commenting this time. Now here's one award show that just begs to be torn to shreds =)

Slashdot Nominated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13876926)

So, Zonk, judging by what you said last year; are you going to go to the show or are you not going to accept the award if it is given?

preemptive strike (5, Interesting)

dr.fishopolis (604072) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877098)


Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie from Ubisoft tops this year's VGA nominations with seven including "Best Action Game," "Best Graphics," "Best Performance by a Human - Male & Female" for actors Jack Black and Naomi Watts and Michel Ancel for "Designer of the Year."

Not only is this game not FINISHED yet, it likely won't be gold when the votes are cast, and definately won't even be released by the time the awards are handed out.

Spike VGA: 11/18

XBOX360 Launch (assuming King Kong makes launch): 11/22

PC launch (according to gamespot): 11/21

Maybe it's cynical of me to assume payola here... Perhaps Spike studied the history of movie to game conversions and concluded this one simply could not fail.

Re:preemptive strike (1)

-kertrats- (718219) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877557)

It's not nearly so sinister as payola. Payola would imply that it's against the rules for spike TV to sell the awards. In fact, it's perfectly legitimate-it's their channel, they can do what they want. The fact that they're pretending it's a legitimate contest is no more illegal than it is for reality TV to pretend to be unscripted.

Re:preemptive strike (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#13883022)

It's only illegal if they claim to do otherwise. E.g. if a court show says "these cases are not staged" then it's illegal for the to show staged cases.

In other news... (3, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878529)

Duke Nukem Forever is nominated for a lifetime achievment award.

Re:In other news... (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880081)

Well, it has achieved something throughout its "lifetime" not many other games have.

Re:preemptive strike (1)

pezpunk (205653) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880168)

what a freaking joke. does anyone -- ANYONE -- give the VGA's even the tiniest amount of respect? if only someone could do something like this properly. i hate hate hate this.

Low Expectations (1)

tprime (673835) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877115)

Gaming awards are an idea whose time has more than come, however the last two iterations of this show have been pretty bad. Too much focus on things other than games (skateboarding, etc.) and a pretty pitiful production quality have made me skeptical. Lets see how this goes..

"Best blog" nomination? (1)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877296)

Oh yeah, that'll be interesting. Between that and award nominations for games that haven't even gone gold yet (King Kong), this comes just in time. I had nothing not to see lately.

at least it's not MTV. (1)

kinglink (195330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877408)

Though even though people actually watch Spike, I'd advise against going.

It's a trap, trust me, snipers on the roof... blamed on Counter strike, Jack Thompson...

Ouch... (3, Insightful)

Wraithfighter (604788) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877611)

Between games that won't be released by the time the show takes place (King Kong, for one, with the most nominations too!), mostly big-name stars getting voice acting noms (as opposed to people who actually do this stuff for a living...), and two of the "best tech" nominees being consoles that won't be released yet (including the PS3 who's design is still not finalized), this is just pure insanity and stinks of money getting too much involved.

For the best piece of evidence, lets look at the "BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE" category:

Star Wars Battlefront II (LucasArts) Release Date: October 31

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft) Release Date: November 21 (on Xbox, next gen consoles have no expected date).

The Warriors (Rockstar Games): Already released.

James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts): Release Date: November 1

The Matrix: Path of Neo (Atari, Inc.): Release Date: November 7


Anyone wanna bet that at least two of the four to-be-released games will, at best, be good "movie companions" as opposed to actually good games?

Re:Ouch... (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#13879564)

"The Warriors (Rockstar Games): Already released."

Is this really based on the movie? Just surprised that they would base a game off a pretty bad 70's movie with no star power. Is this thing getting a theatrical rerelease or something? Is somebody at Rockstar just a fan of 70's gang movies? It's actually a good movie to base a game off of since a lot of the action can be translated nicely to a game. I'm just surprised they'd use the movie instead of just making it generic.

Re:Ouch... (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13885840)

Yeah, they are fans of the movie. The movie has pretty much become a cult classic. In a way it makes sense, the Warriors had to have inspired some of the '80s gang beatem up video games like Double Dragon and Bad Dudes.

Correction.... (1)

Geckoman (44653) | more than 8 years ago | (#13877744)

...Samuel L. Jackson was cool. This pretty much erases any cool points he had ever accumulated for Pulp Fiction and other cool film roles (not to mention points for being the only useful Jedi in the prequels), and puts him firmly in negative coolness territory.

I can't believe they're airing this garbage show again. It's a horrible abomination of television even by SpikeTV's standards.

Re:Correction.... (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13885853)

No longer cool?

Snakes on a Plane! [] Snakes. On. A. Plane. With a plane. And snakes and Samuel Jackson.
Samuel Jackson on a plane with snakes!
You say his star power is waning?
It's got snakes!
On a plane!

Unfinished games? (1, Redundant)

TheLoneDanger (611268) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878047)

If they are going to give awards for games that aren't finished yet, then clearly Duke Nukem Forever should win all the awards every year in perpetuity.

Lord, save me please (4, Funny)

xgamer04 (248962) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878373)

Video games have taken over the world as the most creative, cutting edge platform for major names in entertainment to showcase their talent and reach a massive audience.

Translation: "I am a marketroid and we realized recently that we haven't completely taken over video gaming. We'll get right on that". BARF!

Even more seriously, a bad, unintentional parody of the MTV "music" awards funded by video game publishers is hardly a recipie for success. And it definitely isn't one for any amount of respect.

Re:Lord, save me please (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878520)

That quote... wow, every word glows with evil. It's almost like a Bush press conference, and how I wish that weren't true.

Re:Lord, save me please (1)

xgamer04 (248962) | more than 8 years ago | (#13878960)

The MATRIX is real, and you will buy it happily!

the VGAs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13878833)

are fucking clownshoes

The Proof is in the Pudding (1)

Puhase (911920) | more than 8 years ago | (#13880618)

The Pudding-"According to Spike TV, ballots were sent out to the VGA Advisory Board, which was responsible for advising on categories and determining nominees in selected award categories. Winners of the VGAs are determined by votes from the Video Game Industry Voting Council which is made up of more than 200 industry journalists - all of which will have presumably received review copies of the unreleased games in time to vote." 200 Industry the people at Official Playstaion Magazine? Oh, there's an unbiased source. Good thing they are going for legitimacy like the Academy of Film. Everyone here knows that at least 50% of major game journalists are bribed in one way or another for good reviews and it is to them that Spike turns for its awards. And who determines what journalists are involved in this travesty? The Sponsors of course....which just happen to be the video game industry itself. So it is completely transparent that this is just a show put on by the industry to promote/congratulate itself on money well spent. Of course, with the tried and true "Just Add Boobs" formula for flavor.

Vin Diesel (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 8 years ago | (#13881166)

is the only hollywood celebrity who really belongs at a game award show, being that he is a bit of a gamer himself (even plays D&D!), and...... didn't he go and buy up a game studio that oversaw "Escape from Butcher Bay?"

i'd say the only other person on that list who *might* be allowed to be there (but still probably doesn't really need to be) would be Mr. The Rock, what with Doom movie and all..... but do we really need Xzibit and Carmen Electra? do they really belong at a game award show?

Vin diesel is actually a great guy. he's a gamer, and a movie star... his arms are as big around as my torso.... and Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, Vin Diesel once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. [] What's not to like?

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

Bluetick (516014) | more than 8 years ago | (#13881786)

You do realize that Xzibit was a voice actor in Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay don't you?

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 8 years ago | (#13885499)

oh yeah, he was. heh. my bad. but I honestly doubt either of them will be there to talk about chronicles of riddick.

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

Bluetick (516014) | more than 8 years ago | (#13899095)

I doubt it too, but they do have some credibility as gamers. Vin Diesel maybe moreso, and Xzibit just because he's probably a friend of Vin's.

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13885891)

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 8 years ago | (#13886322)

who doesn't?

Re:Vin Diesel (1)

snuf23 (182335) | more than 8 years ago | (#13892330)

Good point.

Copyright violations? (1)

modi123 (750470) | more than 8 years ago | (#13882906)

So wait... these people who voted.. they are playing games BEFORE they are actually released? *GASP* They must have gotten a leaked copy from bit torrent or some other nefarious P2P system! If they are playing leaked games then they MUST be downloading music! If they are downloading music AND playing video games (well known and documented murder simulators) they are obviously trying to hack the pentagon and disrupting democracy as we know it!

Let our powers combine: RIAA, Jack Thompson, the Feds.... and Heart... Well no, Heart doesn't count here. How about Fire! yes, FIRE!

Let's try this again: Let our powers combine: RIAA, Jack Thompson, the Feds, and FIRE! By your powers combined I am Captain Tyranny!

*queue synthesizer*

Captain Tyranny, you are hero..
Gonna take those violators down to zero!

He's our powers magnified
And he's fighting on the corporate side.

Gonna help him put asunder
Bad guys who like to loot and plunder

We're the Tyrants...
You can be one too
'Cause saving our corporate bank accounts is the thing to do!

Downloading and video games is not the way
Hear what Captain Tyranny has to say!

"The Power is always OURS!"

Who still watches on VGA? (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 8 years ago | (#13883192)

I've got to nominate UWXGA for this award.

1920x1200 on my Dell 24" Widescreen Flatpanel is amazing, and one-third the price of the Apple Monstrosity. Finally, I can fill not just the center of my vision, but peripheral vision too.

What's that you say? A TV show? Yes, it can do TV, it's got Hi-Def Composite inputs too.
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