Weasel’s Weblog Presents the SPIKE 2008 Video Game Awards Live Blog!

Welcome to the Live Blog of the SPIKE 2008 Video Game Awards!

Tonight, Sunday, December 14, 2008, is the night of the 2008 VGAs, presented by Spike TV. This marks the fifth anniversary of the awards, and the first year that they’re doing the show live, instead of pre-recorded. In the past, the results have leaked onto the internet much before the show airs, ruining most of the point of it. This year, they decided to do it live, opening up many new opportunities, including using their website to show extra camera angles, and a special pre-show.

In the past, the Spike TV Video Game Awards have been mediocre. Starting out with the first year, the results of their awards were met with many questions and controversy on why such games won. As the years have gone on, the winners have improved and been more understandable. Sadly, Spike still hasn’t figured out what video game players want to see, and have just missed the mark. It will be interesting to see what they bring to the table this year, and if they can successfully come up with a presentation that’s interesting to the viewers.

Due to the fact that the winners have yet to be announced yet, I’ve decided to do this Live Blog during the show, which starts at 8 PM CST on SPIKE TV. In this Blog, you will see a list of potential winners, as well as my choices on who I want to win, who will probably win, and, as they occur, who actually won. Please feel free to enter into discussion in the comments section, and I will gladly join in as well. The following is the list. Please check back often for updates, and as the winners are announced live on the show, check back for updated results and comments on the winners.

Comments on The Rediculously Awesome VGA Preshow:

7:01 PM CST – Well, here we begin. Visit http://www.spike.com/event/vga/page/live-pre-show to watch the VGA Preshow LIVE. Wonder how good this year’s show will be?

7:07 PM CST – So far, they just have celebrities talking about why they’re there at the VGAs, what they like to see… and seeing if they can make it through the first level of Super Mario that they downloaded on the Wii.

7:24 PM CST – Let’s be honest, some of these celebrities just don’t know anything about video games… except if it’s a super shooter, and then they love it. Listening to some of this is just disappointing, I’ll admit. Like I said, SPIKE kind of misses the mark, once again. Luckily, this is just the Preshow.

7:27 PM CST – Did I mention that all of these media venues seem to choose the most annoying person to speak for them? This woman is just abnoxious. And, wait a second, the Preshow was only a half hour? That doesn’t make much sense. Oh well, 30 minutes to go!

7:53 PM CST – One great way to keep up to date Live as well, other than just plain ol’ watching the awards on TV, is Twitter @ http://www.twitter.com . I’ve seen a lot of popular people, including the famous Jeff Gerstmann, updating his Twitter page with Live updates!

Comments on the SPIKE 2008 Video Game Awards:

8:02 PM CST – I’ll admit, the stage looks beautiful. In fact, so does the entire theater! Wow, NOW I’m envious. Hope the show is as good as the local!

8:09 PM CST – World Premiere #1 – New map pack for Gears of War 2. Available tonight! What do you think? Cool? Three new maps.

8:18 PM CST – LL Cool J performed, kind of. And now, footage of the new UFC game. Personally, not interested. Kinda wish I was there though, even though it doesn’t look like a too terribly interesting show so far.

8:21 PM CST – World Premiere #2 – God of War III. Didn’t really announce, well, ANYTHING about the story, no in-game footage, no, uh… anything. Also, there is more commercials than there is show. Plus, did anyone else catch that Gears of War 2 ALSO won Best Xbox 360 Game in the middle of that there? Once again, SPIKE is rushing through this. Final comment for now, advertising pre-ordering on the end of the trailer? This really is COMPLETELY an advertising show.

8:29 PM CST – World Premiere #3 – Fight Night Round 4 by EA. And, Muhammed Ali? This is just a celebrity fest as well. And, once again, they advertised pre-ordering it from GameStop! How disappointing.

8:34 PM CST – So we can really tell it’s Live. Wish they knew what they were doing. Now it’s becoming even more unprofessional. And, once again, they just showed a celebrity, with no real reason.

8:42 PM CST – All-American Rejects playing. I don’t mind them at least, haha.

8:51 PM CST – World Premiere #4 – Dante’s Inferno. Seriously, Kim isn’t really that smart, is she… oh, and Tony Hawk and Will Wright are up now! Talking about the wonders of Spore. And he’s won an award for being a “Gamer God”? I really don’t like the word “gamer”, thanks to the old GameSpot, but still. Yes, he is a God, I’ll agree with that.

8:56 PM CST – World Premiere #5 – Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. Hey, it’s an actual interesting trailer. And I hate to say that, because I’m really not a fan of the GTA series, to be honest.

9:05 PM CST – HEY LOOK, ANOTHER AWARD! Which, by the way, was a great choice. Best RPG. And now, Busta Rhymes. Who announces World Premiere #6 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Excellent trailer! Really says a lot about the game actually, and has already been interesting enough to make me want to play it!

9:15 PM CST – World Premiere #7 – Terminator Salvation. Well, the graphics are good, but the gameplay looks WAY too much like Gears of War though. Third person, with a cover system way too similar.

9:17 PM CST – World Premiere #8 – Mafia II. I actually wonder what the gameplay will be like. The trailer looks pretty cool, on it’s own. But, as before, I’m just not personally a fan of that kind of game. And now, 50 Cent. I’ll admit, during the Preshow, he seemed nice, but, sounds like his song is WAY too filled with swear words. It’s getting muted left and right.

9:26 PM CST – World Premiere #9 – Watchmen: The End Is Neih. At least, I think that’s how you spell it. They fly through these trailers like they’re nothing. Still, the game looks interesting. It would be nice to know the background of the Watchmen comic series first.

9:31 PM CST – Once again, another built-in advertisement. This time for the movie Mall Cop. Honestly, what does this have to do with video games again? Oh, that’s right, nothing.

9:38 PM CST – As I was updating with who won, they decided to basically give out every other award that they could. This completely ticks me off. Basically, they just wanted to get their ad time in, and give up on the rest of the show. So, it looks like I’ll be looking up the winners later on tonight, eh? Oh well, whatever. As I said, this show is disappointing. They don’t disappoint to be disappointing, haha!

9:44 PM CST – World Premiere #10 – Brutal Legend. I love how they’re calling this the best game ever. I don’t like that at all. Ah, I see, since Jack Black is in it, they’re pushing it to no end. Again, not a fan of that at all. I think that alone has made me lost a lot of interest in this game. And, seeing the trailer, I see why I have no interest in this game. It doesn’t look entertaining at all.

9:49 PM CST – Game of the Year time! Time to see where this lands. Aaannnddd… that’s not where it should have landed. At all. I’m terribly disappointed. Looks like I’m finished with the VGAs from now on. As I should have already been years ago it seems.

9:56 PM CST – Weezer is closing out the show. I guess I got my hopes up about the show again, eh? How sad. Check the bottom of the page for my final closing comments later tonight!

Best Independent Game Fueled By Dew
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
World of Goo      X
PixelJunk Eden      
Braid   X  
Audiosurf X    

Comments: Really? Huh. I guess I’m shocked. Well, if the people chose it, then so be it.  Thing is, I really haven’t heard many things, well, at all about World of Goo. That’s why it’s so shocking.

Studio Of The Year
Studio Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Media Molecule X    X
Rockstar North   X  
Bethesda Game Studios      

Comments: A well deserved win for Media Molecule! They worked their butts off for this, and they did it.

Game of the Year
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Gears of War 2      
Grand Theft Auto IV   X  X
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots X    
Fallout 3      

Comments: Exactly like I called it this afternoon, Grand Theft Auto IV won Game of the Year. I completely disagree with this choice, but, based on the way that popularity goes around these parts, it was a given from the very beginning. At least that’s it, now that the year is over, we can end the love for it.

Best Team Sports Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
FIFA Soccer 09      
NBA 2K9      
Madden NFL 09 X X  
NHL 09      

Comments: So, what, did SPIKE forget that they had this catagory in the first place? I’ve been searching and looking for the past half hour, and there really was no winner announced. How lame.

Best Name In The Game Female
Female Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Dame Judi Dench As “M”      
Eliza Dushku As “Shaundi”      
Liv Tyler As “Betty Ross”      
Jenny McCarthy As “Tanya” X X  X

Comments: Let me just be honest. I think Jenny McCarthy is probably one of the only most well know of them all, first of all, and secondly, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 had more of a famous cast than any of them yet. I found it an easy choice.

Best Name In The Game Male
Male Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Liam Neeson As “Father”      
Kiefer Sutherland As “Sgt. Roebuck” X    X
Ricky Gervais As “Himself”   X  
Daniel Craig As “James Bond”      

Comments: How much does this rock, my favorite won! Kiefer Sutherland has an awesome voice for an action character, in TV or in a video game. He deserved this award.

Best Performance By A Human Female
Female Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Debi Mae West As “Meryl Silverburgh” X X  X
Keeley Hawes As “Lara Croft”      
Paula Tiso As “Silvia Christel”      
Nathalie Cox As “Juno Eclipse”      

Comments: I do agree with this choice greatly, as you can see by my earlier prediction as well! She did an excellent job as Meryl, and that also was a huge game, so it really stood out above the rest I feel.

Best Performance By A Human Male
Male Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Stephen Fry As “The Narrator”      
David Hayter As “Old Snake” X    
Jason Zumwalt As “Roman Bellic”      
Michael Hollick As “Niko Bellic”   X  X

Comments: Sadly, I knew that the voice of Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV was going to win this. I’m sure that he did do a good job, but out of this list, I just don’t feel that he fit right as the best male voice in a video game.

Best Multi-Player Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Call of Duty: World at War   X  
Resistance 2 X    
Left 4 Dead      X
Gears of War 2      

Comments: I’m actually kind of surprised by this choice. While I know that Call of Duty: World at War wasn’t as popular as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was, I still thought that in the popular eye it would have won. I wouldn’t have expected Left 4 Dead to take this prize though.

Best Original Score
Score Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
LittleBigPlanet   X  
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots X    X
Fallout 3      

Comments: While my favorite was the one chosen as the winner, and the one I wanted to win, I just had a feeling that they weren’t going to select it. None the less, the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots OST is one of my personal favorites of all time, and will be for quite some time I’m sure.

Best PC Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Left 4 Dead      X
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning      
Crysis Warhead      
Spore X X  

Comments: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m completely floored by this decision. I just didn’t think Left 4 Dead was THAT good of a game that it would warrant Best PC Game, but obviously I haven’t played it enough to know. Sadly, Steam is not something I enjoy using.

Best PS3 Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Grand Theft Auto IV      
LittleBigPlanet      X
Resistance 2      
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots X X  

Comments: I’ll admit, I love LittleBigPlanet, this is a great game, but, the greatest game on the PlayStation 3 for the year of 2008? I’m sorry, I just can’t agree with that.

Best Wii Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Super Smash Bros. Brawl X X  
No More Heroes      
Wii Fit      
Boom Blox      X

Comments: I’ve heard nothing but good things about Boom Blox. While I wonder if it’s the Best Wii Game of the year, I just can’t go that far just yet, but, it looks like in the public’s eye, it’s better than the others.

Best Xbox 360 Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Fallout 3      
Grand Theft Auto IV   X  
Gears of War 2      X
Fable II X    

Comments: So, okay, this was a little bit of a shock to me actually, but, GTAIV isn’t necessarily an exclusive to the system. Although, I’ll admit, I expected the stereotypical results for this show. I’m happily surprised.

Best Soundtrack
Soundtrack Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Guitar Hero World Tour   X  
Rock Band 2 X    X
Grand Theft Auto IV      

Comments: This was a rough choice on my “Probable”. I have a feeling that the Guitar Hero franchise just has more of a following than the Rock Band one does now. But I was obviously wrong, and my favorite won instead! About time.

Best Action Adventure Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots X    
Mirror’s Edge      
Grand Theft Auto IV   X  X
Dead Space      

Comments: This one was tough to decide who my “Favorite” one. I really liked all but Grand Theft Auto IV, but since I had to choose one, I chose the one I’ve put the most time into. And naturally, they chose Grand Theft Auto IV as their favorite, which I’m totally not surprised about.

Best Driving Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Mario Kart Wii      
Midnight Club: Los Angeles   X  
Burnout Paradise X    X

Comments: Once again, I was wrong in thinking that my Favorite wouldn’t win! This is definately a game that I say should win this catagory. With how much support and free add-on content that Criterion has given it, it’s worth more than it was when people bought it, which is a great thing to be able to say.

Best Music Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Wii Music      
Guitar Hero World Tour   X  
Rock Band 2 X    X

Comments: Once again, with the following of each of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, this was not an easy choice, but I have a feeling it will be one of those two. And, of course, I was right, except, and I’m not complaining, but my favorite won, and my probable didn’t!

Best Game Based On A Movie Or Tv Show
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Naruto: The Broken Bond      
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed X    
Quantum of Solace      
LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures   X  X

Comments: Wait… there’s a good game made based on a movie or tv show? Yes, I AM told, though, that the LEGO games are quite entertaining. Oh, and I had a feeling that would win, too.

Best Graphics
Graphics Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Gears of War 2      
Fallout 3      
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots X X  X

Comments: Here’s a much deserved win for Kojima! Without a doubt, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was an absolutely beautiful game, and therefore succeeded in a catagory that it was built to win in.

Best Handheld Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia   X  
Professor Layton and the Curious Village X    X
God of War: Chains of Olympus      

Comments: Once again my favorite won. I’m better at this than I thought. None the less, I still figured others wouldn’t think the same way that I did. It’s an awesome win for these guys, they made an excellently deep DS game.

Best Individual Sports Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Skate It      
Wii Fit      
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 X X  
Shaun White Snowboarding      X

Comments: Honestly, I have no idea which direction this one is going. All of these games are pretty popular to the masses. And it went to the one that I thought deserved it least, based on the fact of how horrible it was. But, as I’ve said before, whatever they say…

Best Fighting Game
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit      
Super Smash Bros. Brawl X    
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe   X  
Soul Caliber IV      X

Comments: Shocking, actually! Definately not my first choice, or my second even for that matter! I’d be interested in hearing why they thought Soul Caliber IV was better than Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. The character creation maybe?

Best RPG
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Fallout 3   X  X
The World Ends with You      
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning      
Fable II X    

Comments: Hey look, my first prediction I got right! I had a really big feeling that people would like Fallout 3 better. I’ll admit, it’s huge, lots of content, and it’s good.

Best Shooter
Game Personal Favorite Probable Win Winner
Gears of War 2      X
Left 4 Dead   X  
Resistance 2 X    
Far Cry 2      

Comments: I’ll admit, I don’t know what I was smoking when I thought about who the “Probable” was, haha. But, yeah, I’m not surprised, Gears of War 2 was an excellent game, I still have a better favorite.

Most Anticipated Game
Personal Favorite Winner
Killzone 2  

Comments: My choice was Killzone 2 for the PlayStation 3, releasing February 27, 2009. Problem is, they never announced if there was an answer to what the fans thought was their most anticipated game. So make this your homework in the comment you’re going to leave. What is YOUR Most Anticipated Game?

Final Thoughts: I’m sure we’re all in agreement when I say that this year, they followed through perfectly with exactly how they’ve done it before. Once again, they completely missed the mark on what us game players want to see in avideo game awards show. Honestly, I’ve heard it be called many things in the past hour or so, but the one that I think was the closest to true, is that the past two hours was just like watching one giant commercial. And, in the end, all they did was have Jack Black promote his own game as if it’s the best game ever made in the entire world. I really hope that I watch that game crash and burn when the reviews come in. But anyways, overall, this production was mediocre, at best. While there were some understandable winners, and some that weren’t, that’s the same with any award ceremony. It’s not up to just you, it’s up to a group of people who have possible different tastes than you do. Still, I truly have my wonders. I’m looking forward to not watching next year’s performance. Although, while I say that now, I’ll put money on the fact that I’ll be sitting and watching it again next year. Except, unlike this year, I won’t be Blogging about it and being so gleeful about it, haha.

Thank you for reading this Live Blog of the SPIKE 2008 Video Game Awards!

One Comment

  1. yvonne reddy

    LittleBigPlanet producers, artists, designers and the rest of Media Molecule are undoubtedly the most intelligent and creative team of all the video games up for nomination. This game taxes the brain and allows interaction between family members whilst still allowing challenges to the most hardened gamster.

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