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Weirdness: Naughty Dog Saves Otherwise Terrible VGX Awards with Joel Animation

Posted by Robert Ramsey

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Despite some incredibly interesting game reveals, like Telltale's Game of Thrones adaptation and Hello Games' No Man's Sky, it's safe to say that this year's VGX awards show was rather awful. With a script that was completely off the mark and jokes that failed to conjure even a single crinkled smile, sitting through the three hour bore-fest was like pulling teeth.

It's a good job, then, that Naughty Dog was thoughtful enough to slap together an acceptance speech for Studio of the Year that featured The Last of Us' Joel doing his best Antonio Banderas impression. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favour and take a gander below — trust us on this one.


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goonow said:

Umm i dont think this saves vgx. Its a joke not a reveal. The developers didnt give a crap about VGX this year.



get2sammyb said:

@goonow The headline's obviously hyperbole to illustrate how dire it was. For what it's worth, I think we all agree.



DrJoeystein said:

@get2sammyb Out of all the things that came from VGX (I couldn't get through it . That co-host was dreadful), I didn't expect this. Ha, I broke down laughing when I saw the gif you just posted in the comments, Sammy!



Shellybird27 said:

I guess the VGX was as terrible as everyone said it would be, but I don't really like the idea of people hating on Joel McHale, he is a very sarcastic person, and I think people who don't watch Community won't understand that.



Carl-G said:

Now know why they changed the name VGA to VGX because it just seemed like a normal American 'X'box loving show, YAWN.



rastamadeus said:

Really don't understand this award. It's competitors were Rockstar North (who won game of the year for GTA), Irrational (who won FPS of the year for Bioshock Infinite) and an indie studio that I can't remember the name of (who won indie game of the year) yet Naughty Dog win nothing then get studio of the year?! Seemed more like the typical "there's no losers" American attitude than an actual deserving prize, considering other results.

Also never understood why that GIF of Banderas is funny.

@Shellybird27 He's not sarcastic. We Brits get sarcasm a lot more than American's and while he may think he's being sarcastic he's not, he's being an arse.

@Carl-G Utter poppycock. They showed one X-box exclusive all night (Titanfall), most of the multi platform demos they said were running on PS4 and they even have studio of the year award to Naughty Dog.



3Above said:

I thought there were going to be actual exciting demoes and announcements. But no, it really was boring. I was watching it at work and I could only stsnd about 1hrs worth of it. The Game og Thrones gsme had been rumored a while back so that didnt didn't surprise me at all. And nothing else was worth watching.



3Above said:

@rastamadeus to be fair, they did have that Quantum Break "gameplay" reveal. Thats XB1 exclusive. But there wasnt much else Xbox wise that I saw. Mind you I didnt watch all of it.



rastamadeus said:

@3Above Oh, aye, true. Looked so meh I forgot all about it. Just the idea of the show being all pro-Xbox was absurd. Some people will really let their fanboy inside them write stupid things.
The whole show was a mess saved by a couple of games (Borderlands, No Man's Sky and that zombie parkour one). Biggest own goal had to be Nintendo, yes DKC:TF looks amazing and I want it, but it was the absolute wrong title to show and it bombed.



3Above said:

@rastamadeus Yeah, it didnt fit with any of the other games or the the general tone of the show. But I guess Nintendo wanted some actual publicity as opposed to another Nintendo Direct. Now had they shown even a concept dev diary of thebZelda for Wiiu that would have been tv worthy.



k_andersen said:

I was kinda bummed that I wasn't able to watch it live (I had work). But it looks like I didn't really miss anything....



Gamer83 said:

It was cool but nothing, I mean NOTHING could save this abomination of an awards show that for the sake of the gaming industry I wish would go away.



k_andersen said:

@get2sammyb So changing the name to VGX didn't actually make it a better show? Who'da thunk it? Seriously though, I just tried to watch an archive of the full show. I lasted about 15 minutes. Joel McHale is aggressively awful.



Gamer83 said:

My question is at what point do people stop taking Geoff Keighley seriously? This guy hypes up everything and the announcements on his shows are almost always pathetic. I actually used to think this guy was a good games journalist, he had a column every month in Official Xbox Magazine for a few years that I thought was always a good read but ever since joining Spike TV his credibility has taken a hit, imo.



get2sammyb said:

@Gamer83 I really don't think it's Geoff's fault. I really get the impression that he tries his best, but he's in an impossible situation. He's trying to put on a good show for gamers, but he also has to please people in suits that are looking at viewer numbers. It's also clear that he had very littly budget to play with last night.



Gamer83 said:


He might try to put on a good show for gamers, the problem is, it's not. It always ends up pandering to the shooter-loving, extremely casual crowd that really doesn't give much of a damn about games to begin with. To be fair, I'm sure this guy could be a good games journalist again and he has does get some good interviews from time to time but there's gotta be something better he can do than the VGX and he's got to stop hyping things he knows in his heart are not a big deal.



get2sammyb said:

@Gamer83 In my opinion, the reason that happens is because, as I said, he's also trying to please people in suits who want to see high viewer figures. For me, he's in a position where he can't — and never will — be able to win. I think I would have given up by now if I was him, so I respect that he keeps trying.



rastamadeus said:

@get2sammyb @Gamer83 Someone give me a couple of hundred quid for supplies and I'll do it next year. Can't be worse than that abortion. Very few games excite me so will be no hype building and (hopefully) people realise I'll give my honest opinion, whether it's liked or not. I'd own it, haha.



Visiblemode said:

Was pleased to see it, hilarious moment. Mostly a boring show, otherwise, coming from a perspective of expecting big announcements ... But from a basic game journalism perspective there was some good stuff, like the interview with Tim Schafer.



DirectAim said:

@Shellybird27 Joel McHale is an idiot, the fact the used someone who only Americans know of is a joke, the even is streamed world wide and has a world wide audience. The guy made the whole show look childish and unprofessional.

@Gamer83 Geoff is the only reason the show has any ounce of respect, he does a good job and when teamed up with an asshole he managed to keep things rolling. I think he did a cracking job.

I for one thought the announcements where good, the footage was good, they had exclusive footage for witcher 3, The Division, Titanfall, Destiny and other games. Well played!!!



ThreadShadow said:

I don't know the references or inside jokes, I don't know the movie or like the game, but the gif is so good and adds so much to the original video. Funny stuff!

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