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The Videogame Oscars 39

Gamasutra has responses to its weekly question of the week, this time looking at whether there will ever be an Oscars for games. The responses focused on some of the current crop of awards currently handed out, from the GDCA to Spike's debacle. From the article: "No one in the industry has taken the previous attempts at an award show seriously because they shows seem to offer up an award to the highest bidder and not the one most deserving. The only exception that I've seen come close to being a decent awards show is the Interactive Achievement Awards put on by AIAS. So how about we stop having rappers involved with the award shows based on the grounds that they like to play their Xbox? Or if we must have them involved, how about having Will Wright host the BET Awards Show? That makes about as much sense."
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The Videogame Oscars

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  • Terrible idea. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Red Samurai ( 893134 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:06PM (#14877979)
    It would just be dominated by casual garbage like EA games and GTA.
    • Just like the real Oscars that were dominated this year by big budget films from major studios. Oh wait a minute... nevermind.

      I'm not a big fan of the idea but they did say Oscars, not People's Choice.
    • Thought not. A room full of geeky guys with a token actress-presenter. Usually gets shown...sheesh, on the slowest of news days, for about 15 seconds.

      The Oscars work because people like seeing sexy, glamorous people cavorting about in expensive clothes.

      Until the game community starts being sexy, glamorous people cavorting about in expensive clothes, we may have to put the Game Oscars on hold.

      Unless it's EXTREME! All the kids love EXTREME!

    • GTA is not casual garbage, it's quite deliberate.
  • Let's Hope Not (Score:4, Insightful)

    by p_conrad ( 118670 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:08PM (#14877993)
    Like we really need another back-patting award ceremony for entertainment that critics love and audiences ignore.
  • by BecomingLumberg ( 949374 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:08PM (#14878003)
    Although I think its a valid art form, I would be a little scared to see the 'fashion pre-show'...
    • I disagree, after all, it could be interesting to see all the developers.

      I can see it now, sitting on my couch saying things like:
      • Hey, there's that guy that calls himself Jessica, and he's wearing a dress!
      • Hey, isn't that the guy that used to get beat up in school with us?
      • Hey, there's that girl that kept making a pass at my girlfriend!
      • Hey, there's that guy that was stalking you last year!
  • by ShaniaTwain ( 197446 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:13PM (#14878049) Homepage
    Crash was a mediocre movie at best, but they spent almost as much promoting the film for oscar as they spent to make the film. check it out [guardian.co.uk]

    So why would a video game awards show be any different? And how would a 'serious' awards show for games improve your gaming experience?

    It wouldn't.

    Like films, you're more likely to find quality entertainment via reccomendations from friends that share your interests. Awards shows are just another promotional oppourtunity, and will always benefit the highest bidders.
    • Hmm, so promotional money is as effective in the Oscars as it is in the U.S. Presidential Elections? That's so very sad on multiple levels.... What next, real negative campaigning?
  • What is the problem with the Game Developers Choice Awards? For me it is a great award, although not perfect, of course.
  • by DrWily ( 660114 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:18PM (#14878090)
    The guys at Penny-Arcade (http://www.penny-arcade.com/ [penny-arcade.com] have had the right idea for an awards show for a while: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/12/22 [penny-arcade.com] The're right you know...
  • All awards (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Turn-X Alphonse ( 789240 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:25PM (#14878142) Journal
    All awards are little more than masturbation for the community. We see all these "top 100 games ever" type of things every year filled with just the latest flashy fad game. Why not instead of wasting money on this crap they spend it on supporting companies who make awesome games but are having trouble right now, or set up contests like NASA does.
  • They would have to get Wil Wheaton [wilwheaton.net] to host the thing. Humor and geekiness all rolled into one.
  • by iota ( 527 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @04:40PM (#14878285) Homepage
    From: http://www.interactive.org/awards/IAA-9/winners.as p [interactive.org]

            The Interactive Achievement Awards have been presented annually since 1998.

            Interactive Achievement Award recipients are determined by a vote of
            qualified Academy members. As such, selection as an Interactive Academy
            award finalist or recipient represents the strongest possible peer


    9th Annual Interactive Achievement Award Winners

    The award winners in each category are as follows:

    Game of the Year:

    Overall . God of War
    Computer . Battlefield
    Console . God of War
    Outstanding Innovation in Gaming . Guitar Hero

    Outstanding Achievement:

    Animation . God of War
    Art Direction . Shadow of the Colossus
    Soundtrack . Guitar Hero
    Original Music Composition . God of War
    Sound Design . God of War
    Story and Character Development . Call of Duty: Big Red One
    Game Play Engineering (Tie) . Nintendogs - Guitar Hero
    Online Game Play . Battlefield 2
    Visual Engineering . Shadow of the Colossus
    Game Design . Guitar Hero

    Outstanding Character Performance:

    Male . God of War
    Female . Jade Empire

    (Game of the Year In) Genre Awards:

    Sports . SSX On Tour
    First-Person Action . Battlefield 2
    Role-Playing . Jade Empire
    Fighting . Soul Calibur 3
    Action/ Adventure . God of War
    Racing . Need For Speed: Most Wanted
    Children's . We Love Katamari
    Downloadable . WIK: Fable of Souls
    Family . Guitar Hero
    Simulation . The Movies
    Strategy . Civilization IV
    Massively Multiplayer /
    Persistent World (Tie) . City Villains - Guild Wars
    Handheld . Nintendogs
    Cellular . Ancient Empires II

    AIAS Hall of Fame Honoree Richard Garriott is the ninth member to be inducted and joins an already impressive fraternity of gaming icons, including Trip Hawkins, Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Will Wright, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto. Garriott is best known for creating and publishing the best-selling Ultima series, including the first commercially successful online game, Ultima Online.

  • Game reviewers and magazines and things like gamerankings.com already do a great job for gamers. No need for an awards show. To me, finding a half-decent movie to downl^H^H^H^H^H rent is a harder thing to do. Also, if music and movies had come to be in their present form of easy access like video games in the age of the internet, the internet would be the only decent place to get information about them, just like video games.
  • I'd like my afternoon shot of Slashdot with a splash of Racism, please.

    Come on, it's not that hard to build a good analogy here instead of tossing out a complete non sequitur about BET.
  • by rsmith-mac ( 639075 ) on Wednesday March 08, 2006 @07:14PM (#14879385)
    In late 2004, John Carmack made a good post [slashdot.org] about why award shows like this simply do not fit for video games. I'd like to repost that comment(again), because it's still as true today as it was then.
    I did the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awards show a few years ago -- I was inducted into the hall of fame one year, then the next year I inducted Will Wright.

    I hated it, but it is a big industry, and there is a broad range of people involved. Honestly, I'm almost certainly in the minority. One developer that I was talking to backstage was very bullish about how important it was to legitimize the industry with events like this, but I just don't have any empathy for what I perceive as "Hollywood envy".

    Some award show issues are just a result of stupidity -- I felt so bad watching Hironobu Sakaguchi of Squaresoft, a non-native english speaker, being forced to read a long speech written by some PR type about me. I threw out what they gave me to say about Will, and wrote something more to the point myself.

    I do feel that there is a rather fundamental mismatch with big awards shows for game development, because game development isn't a performing art. You expect actors and musicians to show well, because that is what they do. Why aren't awards for authors the same glamorous events that the movie / TV / music ones are? Game developers are much closer to authors than actors.

    John Carmack

    Game devs are not performing artists, a glitzy show does not make any sense here.

  • No one in the industry has taken the previous attempts at an award show seriously because they shows seem to offer up an award to the highest bidder and not the one most deserving.

    So... Remind me how this is different from the Academy Awards again?
  • Who actually watches these giant steaming piles of drivel? How anyone can watch fours hours of self praise and asinine humor is beyond me.
  • Fundamentally, the Oscars are about a community of people that, lets face it, do what they do because they love the limeilight and telling stories, giving an awards show that put's them in the limelight, getting rewarded for telling stories.

    "You like me . . . You really LIKE Me!" is funny, because there's truth in it. For actors and actresses, this is an incentive. Why *ELSE* would somebody wait tables for ten years doing commercials waiting for their "Big Break"? There's money to be had lots of places. It'

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