Tonight – at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT – Spike TV is airing its live game awards show. Those without the channel can catch the live stream on Spike’s own website. Here are a few reasons you should click on that link when the curtain rises.
An advisory council of 25 journalists and game industry icons will be electing the year’s best games by genre, platform, and more. For a full list of what’s at stake, I couldn’t direct you to a better source than trusty old Wikipedia. Nintendo’s 25-year old franchise, The Legend of Zelda, will be the first ever recipient of the Video Game Hall of Fame Award. Elsewhere, fans will be voting for “Character of the Year,” as well as for the cover athlete on the around-the-corner NFL Blitz.
Spotlighted subjectivity. Cool, I guess. But there’s better. Many game trailers will be latching onto your eyeballs over the course of the evening. We’re talking Rainbow 6: Patriots, BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and a new Tony Hawk game. Added to that are reveals on new IPs from BioWare and Epic Games, as well as the world premiere of the elusive PlayStation 3 exclusive: The Last of Us. Don’t you think that’s where it’s really at?
UPDATE [18:30 PM PST]: I made a mistake recommending you watch this show. The only positive I can eke out of this laughable spectacle is that game journalists everywhere are vocalizing their collective eye rolling, and that’s worth a chuckle. The VGAs are painful. Go out, read a damn book, meditate, do anything but watch vapid pop icons smile and nod their way around the nuggets of footage we’re actually interested in. Good night, and watch the trailers that pique your interest tomorrow.