Every year the video game industry looks forward to pretty much the only televised award show for its product — the Spike TV Video Game Awards. After all, the awards show goes all out with full on unannounced titles being revealed, huge industry figures handing out awards and all of the glitz and glamor that Hollywood has to offer. It’s the time of year when the gaming industry is put on the same pedestal as the Oscars and the rest of the art world as a respectable medium in that field.
This year, however, the Spike TV VGAs are a complete joke.
As some of you may have seen, today Spike revealed the nominee list for every category imaginable and as expected, it contained a good chunk of God of War III, Heavy Rain, Halo Reach and Red Dead Redemption. Unfortunately, one megaton game was left off this list despite being one of the biggest releases 2010 had in store for the industry itself. This glaring omission is not only disrespectful to the development team, but a complete disservice to the industry as a whole.
I’m obviously speaking about the fact that Gran Turismo 5 has been left off of the nominee listing entirely. Polyphony Digital has been hard at work developing this title for the past 2000+ days and is going to break records in offering well over 1,000 vehicles for consumer consumption. Almost every PlayStation 3 owner has at one time or another thought about purchasing this game when it finally hit store shelves and now a title with the name recognition that is so famous isn’t even being considered for Best Driving Game of the Year?
Now, I know you’re probably thinking — “Well, maybe there was a cutoff date to become eligible for this nominee process?” And that’s a great question. It’s even a legitimate one at that. However, after scouring the SpikeTV website, I see no indication of a cutoff date for eligibility and I see an award being given out for “Most Anticipated Game.”
So, that begs the questions — If Gran Turismo 5 doesn’t qualify for any present awards on the SpikeTV VGAs, then why doesn’t it qualify for the Most Anticipated Game either? That sounds oddly ridiculous.
I believe that this glaring omission of arguably the second largest release to date of this generation (probably behind Halo: Reach), has rendered the SpikeTV Awards to be faulty, illegitimate, and an obvious indicator that this Awards show is being conducted far too early in the year, despite voting ending on December 11th. After all, there isn’t even an “other” option to write in Gran Turismo 5 for any awards.
Oh, and yes — I’m well aware that Gran Turismo 5 has yet to be released, but let’s be realistic here, it’s undoubtedly going to retail with AAA scores across the board on average with a few sites grading it lower in order to look impartial or not willing to buy into the hype.
Spike needs to amend its selections this year to include the greatest racing franchise of all time, or its awards show is going to be nothing more than a joke.