Pretty much every year the Game Awards roll around, I’m reminded of how weird the whole ritual is. It’s the epitome of many things wrong with the games industry; it’s hype-driven, full of sponsors, and has this weird confusion about what it’s actually doing.
But then I had to ask my self: …What do I want from the Game Awards?
First off: I actually really dislike the idea of award shows for art in the first place. It’s weird to treat all the art from one year on a linear scale, and that one of those pieces is the very best of the year, sorry!!! The whole idea also emphasizes the weird and ugly power structures underlying the industry.
But, as long as we have them… What do you think they should look like?
I don’t think there should be dozens of ads, for one. And it’s hard to ignore the tendency for the same games to keep coming up. (There was a moment where an announcer said, “Will Red Dead Redemption 2 or God of War win game of the year? Or will it be another game?” Which wow says a lot.) It’s pretty shitty that Keighly will just rattle off awards for the “less important” categories as if they’re pressed for time (despite having plenty of time for interviews and trailers). Also, needless to say, the streaming of event leads to some… unsavory commentary. A lot could be improved.
What would you like to see from a games award show? Or do you think the whole idea is a lost cause from the get-go?