Spike's 2010 VGAs Were Lowest Rated in Program's History

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TPiddy:
To be completely honest, nobody cares about who wins Grammys and Oscars anymore either... it's all the industry pandering to itself. Their viewership numbers are down as well. When anyone with a brain can tell they're rigged (Sandra Bullock anyone) it just becomes the industry telling you what's best in the industry when it should really be the consumers.

I concur. We need the real journalists of the industry and people who actually work in the industry to do the awards ceremony, not network tv show hosts (Web, Sessler, Munn I'm looking at you) and celebrity nuts to be involved. I witnessed the rising popularity of gaming, when suddenly on tv celebrities were being interviewed about games and then the walking sex symbols, the ryan seacrest clones, and hot female tv co-hosts all came out saying "Like OMG I was a closet geek and I've been playing games forever" (no offense to actual gaming girls. I tip my hat to you, salute you and am very proud to game along side you. Gaming has no gender boundaries.)

Basically the people who talk about popular fashion, popular music, teen trends and etc are now talking about popular games; people who don't actually care about what they are discussing but simply ride the popularity train where ever it goes. It's annoying. I'm all for various kinds of people supporting the gaming industry. I like that more people are into it and taking it seriously (my parents used to detest my gaming hobby so I was very estatic when they became interested in the Wii. One giant step for gamingkind to me), but a line needs to drawn somewhere.

Sorry for the rant but yeah, VGA just like Grammys and Oscars and no one cares. Not surprised these things are declining ever since E3 scaled itself down a few years ago. That was what people cared about and E3 started to care less, sort of.

The spike awards are horrible, they don't give them to deserving titles they give them to the biggest titles. I stopped watching half way through the first one.

Award shows by their very definition are cringe-worthy and self-congratulatory, but the VGA's multiplies this with a disgusting amount of douchebaggery.

Reveals will be online moments after they air. Hosts are pretty irrelevant. They can be either servicable or just bad. It's not their moment to shine. Spike isn't really respected for their opinions on video games (and they aren't respected in any other way either). And I've read that Spike tops out at around 2 million viewers for MMA fights. In comparison, NBc gets the lowest ratings of any major network and even it's worst show ratings-wise will draw around 4-5 million on a bad night. I say this because I saw some accusations tossed around here that people only hated the Spike awards or Spike in general because it's popular. Myth busted. It's just a horrible network that panders to the most adolescent instincts in people.

The only reason I cared for the VGA's is because the Mass Effect 3 trailer. They showed me, afterwards, I can move on.

I was to busy watching the GSP vs Koscheck fight at the local sports bar. if it hadn't been competing i would have been all over the VGAs. just because i enjoy to argue with my friends while watching.
Hope this doesn't effect them continuing this though, because im sure such a freak coincidence wont happen next year.

As for why these rating were low, unlike the oscars or emmys this medium of ours is almost exclusively media savvy folk (especially those in wait of a certain game trailer or result). We know that these new game trailers and results will be posted immediately after if not during the program itself. This means that most who aren't willing to sit for 3 hours to enjoy the cheesy jokes and awkward introductions by celebrities who don't know a dpad from a control stick, will opt for the immediate option.
I got all i needed from the VGA's in a ten minute trip to youtube for the trailers - Skyrim, ME3, Uncharted. And a quick google yielded me the winners.

It just doesn't have that snob appeal and glamor of the oscars that keeps viewers watching. And with so many credible video game review sites online (each of us with our own preferred source) it also holds little weight in its decision, where the oscars are solidified as the be all and end all of movie judgement.

I watched the one where Jack Black hosted and GTA4 won the GOTY and I can gladly say that I will never watch another VGA

2007 VGAs were the only good VGAs. This year I.... ughhh just so terrible, so so terible.

Tom Goldman:
The only real reason to tune into the VGAs for someone like me is to check out the exclusive reveals, but why set aside a couple of hours to watch a bunch of skits and "witty" banter in between things I care about when all of those reveals will be posted on the internet within minutes?

That's exactly why I don't watch either. I don't care what they pick for their winners because I already know what I enjoyed, and the trailers aren't a draw because I can just wait until the day after and see them all on GameTrailers.

I suppose playing MCR live was not the best of all ideas.

I had it on while playing games on my computer. The jokes were so painfully unfunny that only 2 people (if that) in the audience laughed, and the awards were probably the best joke considering it was the same 6 games for 80%+ of them. I think BioShock 2 was the only big name game I saw nominated that wasn't released in the past month or two.

Good. Maybe they will go away then.

I watched all the trailers on YouTube through Destructiod since I missed the show. I'll try to find a recording and watch it to see just how bad it was, though.

That said, I'm not surprised the ratings this year were the lowest thus far. Hopefully, they'll learn to add better stuff next year, or the VGAs are only going to drop further in ratings.

Huh. Didn't even know this was happening. Not that I would have cared...

Useless awards show is useless. =P

Maybe its low because it sucks?

You know, sometimes things do work out.

Plus Dane Cook didn't help anything either.

it wasn't bad but I hated all the bad jokes and how the audience never clapped or cheered for any of the winners or announcers

The VGA is kinda like the Super Bowl for me. I couldn't give two shits about the actual program, all I care about is the commercials.... Or in this case the anouncements.

s2dio:
Didn't the VGAs go out at the same time as UFC 124? That's a torn audience right there...

Thats where I was, and pretty much everyone else up here who gave two shits about the VGAs. And anyhow, Spike is complete garbage i try to avoid any chance I get

airrazor7:
[quote="TPiddy" post="7.251220.9314609"]I concur. We need the real journalists of the industry and people who actually work in the industry to do the awards ceremony, not network tv show hosts (Web, Sessler, Munn I'm looking at you) and celebrity nuts to be involved.

How dare you? Sess is the best!

Maybe they wouldn't be so bad if they didn't scare away the audience with crappy musical acts (seriously, My Chemical Romance? Who are you trying to appeal to: gamers or preteen girls? When watching it with friends, we had to change the channel until it was over.), the seriously unfunny Dane Cook (Those sections with him were some of more unfunny than Neil Hamburger comedy acts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5NOt3ClPKA), and he's purposely unfunny), the terrible comedy with Neil Patrick Harris (NPH you're awesome, but not even you can make "Video Game Names made gay" remotely watchable), or any of the other crap that composed that "game show."

Watching the VGA's is worse than watching the Oscars, watching many people who you know are awesome (the previously mentioned NPH, amongst others) forced into lame, trite, and unfunny comedy acts in a desperate attempt to be a show for everybody. In the end, it becomes something nobody can enjoy.

Just cancel the damn things already. Don't worry, it won't be missed.

The problem with the awards is I don't think they're run by anyone in the industry, or even in the know. It's cool that all the AAA games get fireworks, light shows and trophies. But really, do you think a single person in the VGAs knows what Minecraft is or who Notch is?

it was on this year?

It was still 627,000 too many.

I mean I know Spike is a channel basically tailored for the retarded or otherwise mentally damaged, but still...

Internet killed the video star. Sad, but true.

I personally hate watching the Oscars
so boring, and both good and crap alike win...credibility? neh

I dont have Spike TV so they sure didnt get ratings from me. If i had access to it, i suppose i might´ve watched it, but it looks like they have to step up their game a lot to gain credibility.

JMan:
Besides Geoff Keighley is the executive producer of the VGAs and he's a complete douchebag. Angry Joe did an interview with him and all Geoff did was insult him when he asked him a question but when someone later asked the same question he gave them the same answer but without all the sarcasm and douchebaggery. Geoff also didn't know that Final Fantasy 14 Online was released this year when he was asked about why there was no Best MMO category. I was certain that anyone producing the VGAs should be aware of all the games that came out this year.

Well, Angry Joe got invited, Did he get invited just to be insulted by a douchebag?
EDIT: So I was digging around and I found the interview....Geoff Keighley is a fucking douche who deserves to eaten by a grue (Not that he'd know what a grue is being a corporate fuckhead who probably doesn't know jackshit about the industry he "SUPPOSEDLY" is in)
http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2010/12/geoff-keighley-vgas-interview/

I honestly detest "video games" TV, The Good Game on the ABC here in Australia recently did a games of the year edition that I watched, after enduring maybe 15mins I just switched it off and went to the escapist and watched some old ZP.

fare777:
I almost vomited when they gave the best graphics award to God of war 3. Heavy rain showed immense and amazing graphics!

Further proof that people interpret the names of the categories wrong. Like when they see "Best Graphics," they read it as "Best Game with Good Graphics." We can argue all day of which game is better, but it doesn't take a genius to know which is more popular.

cocoro67:

Well, Angry Joe got invited, Did he get invited just to be insulted by a douchebag?
EDIT: So I was digging around and I found the interview....Geoff Keighley is a fucking douche who deserves to eaten by a grue (Not that he'd know what a grue is being a corporate fuckhead who probably doesn't know jackshit about the industry he "SUPPOSEDLY" is in)
http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2010/12/geoff-keighley-vgas-interview/

See that's what I was talking about. The way he handled the interview by treating Angry Joe that way was just wrong. Joe tried to keep it together but eventually he lost his cool as he points out in the video. Joe really shouldn't have let him get away as easily as he did. Even the woman he spoke to on the carpet knew more about gaming than Geoff Keighley did.

It may just be my paranoia but most awards were rigged. The voices say that the awards were given either for financial gain or just to please the fanboy masses.

Onyx Oblivion:
I'm glad they have fun with it. Games may be trying to be a SERIOUS BUSINESS these days, but I enjoy seeing stupid, ridiculous award shows that don't take themselves seriously.

Every year, I try and watch The Oscars, and every year, I turn it off. But the VGAs are something that I can watch.

That said, the Neil Patrick Harris Voice Acting Award was stupid.

D: They actually are taking this stuff serious.

meh.. the vga's have gotten less and less interesting every year. as the years gone by i begane to see it more as a glorified form of advertising.

JMan:

cocoro67:

Well, Angry Joe got invited, Did he get invited just to be insulted by a douchebag?
EDIT: So I was digging around and I found the interview....Geoff Keighley is a fucking douche who deserves to eaten by a grue (Not that he'd know what a grue is being a corporate fuckhead who probably doesn't know jackshit about the industry he "SUPPOSEDLY" is in)
http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2010/12/geoff-keighley-vgas-interview/

See that's what I was talking about. The way he handled the interview by treating Angry Joe that way was just wrong. Joe tried to keep it together but eventually he lost his cool as he points out in the video. Joe really shouldn't have let him get away as easily as he did. Even the woman he spoke to on the carpet knew more about gaming than Geoff Keighley did.

Well the woman on the red carpet was Felicia Day, She is a real gamer chick who is a WOW addict and knows ALOT about star wars, She is your new god

How does this bomb, but things like American Idol or Dancing with the Stars don't? They're all bad popularity shows...

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