Matt and Steven gather after a week of nothing to discuss the now old news Xbox One launch as well as Uncharted 2 and Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer memories.
#when spiderman is deadpool for a moment
#Spiderman breaks the fourth wall a lot too # Its just Deadpool doesn’t HAVE a fourth wall
This isn’t breaking the forth wall
If you watched the movie he’s talking to the criminal behind him. Great job Tumblr believing anything you see.
So this year the VGX (VGA’s) was pretty bad, painful to watch even. Joel McHale hosted with Geoff Keighley and looked very disinterested in what was going on. The humor was bad, the jokes were about stereotypes of the audience watching, Geoff and Joel had no chemistry, the interviews with developers were terrible and awkward, the reveals were underwhelming and Nintendo showed up to show off an already leaked game and had to defend Super Mario sales. While the VGAs beforehand were pretty bad this was much worse and most everyone agrees on that opinion, something the internet rarely can do. Most developers didn’t even show up to accept the awards and those who showed up were subjected to terrible jokes and blatantly sloppy hosting. So how do you fix the VGAs? How can you create a VGAs worth watching and can become somewhat respectable in the public eye.
First off, have an audience of gamers, people who don’t need to be told to clap, people who know who the developers are and get excited when trailers occur and react to announcements. Having an audience injects life into a dead room, especially when you get a group as passionate as gamers can be. The lack of claps despite Joel’s encouragement for developers and announcements left just dead painful air. We could very easily tell the studio was empty and devoid of energy. With a live audience you can bring people out from behind the scenes to great applause and that energy transfers into the viewers who also get excited.
Secondly, have hosts who aren’t trying to be funny, instead have people used to performing in front of a camera and know what they’re talking about. Greg Miller, Max Scoville, Adam Sessler, Geoff Keighley, hell even Angry Joe or Kyle Bosman, get these people to host specific sessions, not the entire night. We don’t really need someone taking care of everything, especially if it’s going to be a webcast instead of an actual live broadcast on TV. Something the hosts can also do is perform good interviews with developers, these people do those things for a living, asking, talking about games. When you have the host of the Soup whose job is to make fun of people in a disinterested manner interviewing makers of games it’s insulting. And with the interviews ask basic questions and maybe bring in questions from twitter only if it was a question you were going to ask anyway.
Don’t be funny, trying to bring humor throughout all three hours or however long it will be again sucks the quality out. Comedy is much better in small bursts than elongated drags, especially when you’re doing it live. Instead rely on premade footage to show off. The best comedy from the VGX was Mega64’s premade Todd and Aaron GOTY awards video, fucking gold. So rely on that instead of staring at teleprompters and delivering corny, offensive and dead jokes.
It’s an awards show, and yes we watch for the reveal trailers but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ignore the awards. VGX this year had many awards given during the preshow, which sends the message that they weren’t important enough to even be aired on the actual event. Leave the comedy to the ones who do it on Youtube and get millions of hits. The timeslot is a smaller problem as well, live at 3pm. Nobody wants to get drunk watching stuff at 3pm. While yes it’s 6pm on the East Coast where everyone lives you can choose a much better time slot than that, like 5pm Pacific Time. You’re debuting this on the internet, I really doubt your audience is going to choose what’s on cable TV on a Saturday night and please, we all stay up late Saturdays anyway.
Another large problem is that the awards mean next-to-nothing. Have a judging committee made up of the top two editors from each major gaming media outlet like IGN, GT, GameSpot, Kotaku, Polygon, Rev3, and so on. Actually have developers on stage to accept the award and let them talk about what they’re doing next or just say thank you. Hype up the awards, have better montages of the game and open an envelope instead of staring at a teleprompter until the name scrolls into view. Have a build up to GOTY by interviewing each developer about their nomination up until the end of the night.
Lastly are the trailers, which really should be “world premiere” only if they debut new games we did not know about. I don’t want to see Nintendo showing off a Donkey Kong game or a graphics trailer for The Division. I want the Bethesda Skyrim, the Naughty Dog Uncharted 3, and the “holy shit this is happening” moments again. If you’re not going to bring those to the table don’t bring anything and leave those in the pre-show filler.
So pretty basic, have an audience, have hosts who are in gaming media and know how to talk live on camera, save the humor for the professionals, actually have some substance to the awards you’re giving, and deliver on the “oh shit” moments. If you have all of these things we would have a much happier Saturday night. So please Spike TV, you can salvage what’s left of the VGAs. Just suck up your pride and stop trying to make this a Hollywood affair.
From this article.
Okay in that article is states that, “Viewers already have a strong feeling that Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has survived the fall which occured at the end of series two - but even Cumberbatch wasn’t sure what would happen next.”
Are you fucking kidding me the episode showed him watching John we all knew he was alive if you actually watched the episode god damnit people can be so dumb.
hosts are terrible and awkward, the dialogue bad and knowingly so. Neither of them were prepared and Joel was very uninterested in the entire thing. It had an air of intimidation or hostility towards certain people they were interviewing especially Reggie from Nintendo having to defend Super Mario sales. There were many “world exclusives” that I didn’t care about though seeing Broken Age looked really awesome, No Man’s Sky could be cool though space is kinda a tired genre for me. Telltale doing Borderlands looks cool. The Division graphics trailer is nice though more gameplay of a different section of the city than the E3 trailer would be nicer. Some new gameplay from other games was nice, Destiny still has me speculating if it will do anything worthwhile. Mega64 stole the show as far as comedy goes.
Painful is the only way I can describe the experience of watching the VGX live.
Mega64 will probably be my favorite thing that came out of this VGX unless Uncharted is shown.