The Game Awards is back, and I’m having fond flashbacks to a few years ago when I was attending The VGAs back when they were still on Spike. Despite the best efforts of host/organizer Geoff Keighley, the event never quite clicked in any of its TV iterations. But now? Rebranded as simply “The Game Awards,” it’s the closest thing the industry has to a serious awards show, and it’s evolved into something quite nice, actually.
The odd part of The Game Awards is that it also wants to be a bit of a micro-E3 in addition to being an awards show. More viewers are tuning into its Twitch and YouTube streams to see footage from upcoming games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mass Effect: Andromeda than they are to see who actually wins the awards. It’s like if the Oscar’s main draw was a new Star Wars trailer, not seeing who won Best Picture.
But whatever, I’m okay with it, I guess. The Game Awards are fun to watch and vastly improved over their past iterations. That’s why this year I’m going to be liveblogging the entire show which starts at 9 EST. Titanfall 2, Overwatch, DOOM, Inside and Uncharted 4 are all duking it out for GOTY, but there are a ton of categories, and you can see the full nominee list here, as well as watch the stream here.
I will be liveblogging to cover both the award winners and the game footage shown, so follow along with me. I will be starting before 9 EST, probably during the pre-show which is teasing Zelda stuff which starts at 8:30 EST. Please refresh the page often so that new updates will show up on top.
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