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#1 of 13 KevinRB

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Posted December 04 2003 - 01:56 PM

It isn't over with yet, but I couldn't resist posting... Could anything be more annoying and irrelevant? Some random thoughts:

- Why did they announce the "Game of the year" in the first minute?

- This DJ dude sux.

- This David Spade dude sux. I think he wrote all his jokes the morning of the show.

- The "secret lives of video games" is not funny.

- Did they even mention one of the game makers? I think I saw David Perry standing when they announced Matrix, but that's it.

- How much did EA pay to get Nascar Thunder "Best racing game"?

- I really believe Lil' Kim can kick my butt at Madden.

- I was they would tone down the screaming girls track. It seems totally unrealistic to have teenage girls screaming at something like GTA or Doom 3.

- The best part, some of the preview for games from 2004 and the commercials in between.

#2 of 13 Jason Harbaugh

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Posted December 04 2003 - 05:46 PM

Wasn't expecting it to be good in the first place, but wow what a complete waste of time. Crap host, crap winners?, crap categories, crap presenters, crap trophy, crap attempt at making it appear sexy, crap presentation, crap music, crap jokes, crap audience, nice hotel. (I like the MGM Grand).

So that about sums it up, crap.

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Posted December 05 2003 - 05:00 AM

I TiVo'd this wretched attempt at entertainment and breezed through it in about 30 min. (I stopped for the WWE "match") The show should have had the tag line, "No acceptance speeches, unless your famous." Ray Liota made a speech and Tony Hawk got to plug his tour, which resulted in one of the most boring skateboard and bmx vert stunt shows I've ever seen. Did the skateboarders even do anything besides transfer their boards?

The worst part is Spike TV is announcing all these new shows that completely rip of G4. G4 already had an awards show (which was a decent attempt for a first time from a network with little $$$) and Spike is planning to rip off Pulse, Portal and Filter in the near future.
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#4 of 13 Hunter P

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Posted December 05 2003 - 05:11 AM

I get the feeling that Spike is like Ronald Miller (Patrick Dempsey) from the movie Can't Buy Me Love. He tries to date the right girl, wear the right clothes, have the right hairstyle, dance the coolest dance, etc. He tries so hard to look cool but fails miserably.
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Posted December 05 2003 - 06:28 AM

I've watched about half the show so far, and it stinks. I was also wondering why they revealed the Game of the Year right away?

I wish they'd just done a "boring old awards show" and actually showed the nominees if there were any. I assume that they just picked a few games they liked and asked the publishers to pay to have them awarded though, but even so, they could have at least mentioned and showed the people behind the winning games. If you're a casual gamer like me, it would be fun to get to see the people behind the scenes.

I liked David Spade though, so it wasn't a complete waste. The best line went something like "They say video games poison childrens minds... they say that about TV too... tonight, the two meet. Hopefully we can kill some of the weaker children in America tonight." Posted Image

Otherwise (except for Andrew WK), the show is crap so far.
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Posted December 05 2003 - 06:49 AM

A waste of time. I though the network that brought out "Joe Schmo" might be able to do something creative and fun with a video game awards show. I should learn to be more cynical.

You learned virtually nothing about the games. How they play, what they're about, how they were created. It was just flashing lights, shaking boobies, and screaming rappers/DJs/etc. "Enter the Matrix yo!" (flash flash, pom poms, quick cuts of nonsense footage from game)

Of course, the videogame of the year is the one even people who don't like video games (which seemed to include the host and many of the presenters) will play and like. Madden 2004 is a really good sports game, but game of the year?... it's not just the games that got the "jock vote"; it's the whole show. Porn stars and wrestlers? The "DOA girls"?

An award given to "Enter the Matrix"? I have a feeling the category was created specifically for the purpose of plugging this piece of sub-standard software.

When each award was given, there were lots of flashing lights, pom-pom girls, fists pumping in the air... no substance. If this is the image most politicians and parents have of video games (constant shock-cuts of shooting, blasting, jiggling, whatever), no wonder they're lobbying against them.

Anyway, I've wasted too much time on this already. Put simply, it was an extended commercial for the video game industry players -- a two-hour promotion for both good and crappy games people want you to buy. Fermented sugar aimed not at genuine video game enthusiasts, but the bulk of the teenaged-boy market.

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Posted December 05 2003 - 10:48 AM

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I think I saw David Perry standing when they announced Matrix, but that's it.


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#8 of 13 KevinRB

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Posted December 05 2003 - 11:57 AM

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I was also wondering why they revealed the Game of the Year right away?


Now I know... I'm sure DMX was the biggest part of their budget, and having him perform at the end was a good tie in to EA's "Def Jam Vendeta" best sound track.

I totally agree about the boringness of the skateboarders/bikers.

Having Gilbert Godfried on as "the dot" was an insult.

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Posted December 05 2003 - 08:06 PM

Let's all hope they don't try this again next year.

Yeesh!
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#10 of 13 Morgan Jolley

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Posted December 06 2003 - 05:01 AM

They announced the winners a day or two before the show was on TV, so I skipped it.

AFAIK, the winners were voted on via online polls. Say what you will about Enter the Matrix, it still sold millions of copies.

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Posted December 11 2003 - 09:45 AM

I missed ths show but from what ive heard i didnt miss out.

I am curious who the winners were though.
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#12 of 13 Jason Harbaugh

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Posted December 11 2003 - 11:27 AM

The pointless winners were:

Best Animation: Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Tecmo)
Best Performance By A Human: Ray Liotta in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar)
Best Game Based on a Movie: Enter the Matrix (Atari)
Most Addictive: Soul Calibur II (Namco)
Best Action Game: True Crime: Streets of LA (Activision)
Pontiac/GTO Driving Award: Nascar Thunder 2004 (EA Sports)
Best Fantasy Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (LucasArts)
Best Sports Game: Tony Hawk's Underground (Activision)
Best Fighting Game: WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (THQ)
Most Anticipated Game: Halo 2 (Microsoft)
Best Handheld Game: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Ubi Soft)
Best Online Game: Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix)
Best 1st Person Action: Call of Duty (Activision)
Best PC Game: Halo: Combat Evolved (Microsoft)
Game of the Year: Madden NFL 2004 (EA Sports)
Best Music: Def Jam Vendetta (EA Big)

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Posted December 11 2003 - 07:20 PM

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Say what you will about Enter the Matrix, it still sold millions of copies.


Yeah, and fake boobs attract more viewers than unknown, nerdy game developers delivering boring speeches. This is our society, love it or leave it! Posted Image
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