The Halting Point

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Spike Video Game Awards. Makes your ears puke.

As I was sitting at home playing World of Warcraft last night someone told me to turn on Spike TV for their Video Game Awards (VGAs). Why pray tell? Oh...they're showing the new WoW: Burning Crusade trailer, cool, I'll watch. BIG mistake. You see, the reason they showed the trailer at the END of the VGAs was because otherwise they would lose 99% of their audience who was only watching it for that since there really was no other reason to watch it.

First, you have Samuel L. Jackson hosting it. It was obvious after only 5 minutes of watching him that he was hired SOLELY to swear a lot. A few of the things he said were actually funny, but I'm convinced that he was making those parts up as he went along since all of the scripted material for both him and the rest of the presenters was painfully boring and dumb. The World of Warcraft chatrooms, filled with what could be argued as a fair representation of "true" game geeks across America (and other countries) were ablaze with people mocking the lines that the talent was forced to read. Even witty people like Seth Green were dumbed down to old internet cliches. At one point Tony Hawk started talking about Zero and made All Your Base references to which his female co-presenter gave the most awkward look in the history of award shows. It was clearly obvious that many of the presenters had not even read their script until they got up on stage. You can see a video clip of that fiasco here. Apologies for the quality...it appears to be a cam recording of a TV, but the audio is fine.

But hey, if I was being paid as much as they must have been to get up there and read a few lines and then head to the crazy Hollywood afterparties I wouldn't mind reading something dumb either.

The level of product placement was also extremely intrusive. I didn't think you could get more pointless sponsorships than what they have in professional sports but thank you Spike TV for proving me wrong.

You can check out the SpikeTV VGAs website at Spiketv.com and then you must navigate through their crappy Flash navigation to get to the VGAs online coverage. Totally not worth it.

At least the WoW:BC trailer was awesome. Blizzard really knows how to make their CG intros and this is no exception. The attention to detail is amazing and the focus in this trailer (as opposed to the original one) was to show off all the cool new stuff while still adding plenty of tidbits that fans will go nuts over (such as the sheeping).

You can find both a .FLV streaming Flash version of the trailer as well as a higher quality DivX version on the World of Warcraft website's video page.

4 Comments:

  • Of course my favourite games is wow
    I'd played 2 level 60 characters
    one is hunter ,the other is rogue
    I think rogue is very cool.
    How do you think about it.
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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/14/2006 10:51 PM  

  • all your base are belong to 2001

    By Blogger Bob, at 12/18/2006 3:23 AM  

  • Wow, my ears have never puked before. This should be interesting.

    By Blogger Jessie, at 1/04/2007 10:42 AM  

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    By Blogger Freudian Slip, at 1/05/2007 3:26 PM  

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