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2011 Spike Video Game Awards Will Award Video Games With Awards, Also Announce Things

Geoff Keighley unveils the GOTY nominees for this year's awards show, while teasing Metal Gear Solid: Rising and Alan Wake announcements in the process.

One can easily argue that the Spike Video Game Awards are probably a great deal more useful for their exclusive reveals than they are for actual award giving. Still, there are awards being given at the show, though if you're following Geoff Keighley on Twitter, you'd only barely notice it, since those announcements are more or less buried under the pile of exclusive teases he's amassed for himself, like a chipmunk hoarding delicious, exclusive acorns.

How in the unholy blue hell is Mario Party 9 not a nominee for Most Anticipated Game? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE.

Keighley teased a few notably big exclusives via his Twitter feed today. Most notably, he exclaimed that the "truth" regarding Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Kojima Productions' barely spoken of side venture featuring the deeply polarizing character Raiden, would be unveiled at the show. Obviously we don't know what that truth is, but one can presume given that Hideo Kojima himself will be on hand to reveal it, it's probably some kind of new trailer, and maybe a release date. That said, it'd be pretty funny if he just showed up to say, "Oh, that game? It's canceled. I'm busy working on this transfarring thing."

Another reveal involves Alan Wake, Remedy's critically-acclaimed horror/action game from 2010. Apparently some kind of new Alan Wake something or other will be shown during the broadcast. It's possible this will be the Alan Wake thing that was supposed to manifest itself at E3 this year, but inexplicably didn't.

Lastly, Keighley teased a new BioWare game from "a new studio." Feel free to start chewing through that sentence looking for clues, or just wait for the December issue of Game Informer, which will apparently have some teaser images.

Now then, onto the awards, which have only partially been revealed. Most notably, the nominees for Game of the Year have been posted, and they include the following 2011 gems:

"But wait!" you exclaim, "How can these games that aren't even out yet be nominated for a GOTY award?!?" Fun fact: VGA judges get copies of these games in advance of voting, ensuring they get a chance to play them. So don't worry your pretty little noggins about this situation, all games have very likely been played.

Lastly, the hilarious award for "Most Anticipated Game" still exists, and features the following five titles:

This is a fan-voting category, though on the plus side, the nominees were picked by the voting officials, so at least these aren't, like, "sponsored" nominees, or what have you. Still, it's hard to get too excited for a category that essentially amounts to voting for which game has the most appealing PR campaign--which, by the way, you can do if you head over to official VGA site.

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Posted by Alex

One can easily argue that the Spike Video Game Awards are probably a great deal more useful for their exclusive reveals than they are for actual award giving. Still, there are awards being given at the show, though if you're following Geoff Keighley on Twitter, you'd only barely notice it, since those announcements are more or less buried under the pile of exclusive teases he's amassed for himself, like a chipmunk hoarding delicious, exclusive acorns.

How in the unholy blue hell is Mario Party 9 not a nominee for Most Anticipated Game? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE.

Keighley teased a few notably big exclusives via his Twitter feed today. Most notably, he exclaimed that the "truth" regarding Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Kojima Productions' barely spoken of side venture featuring the deeply polarizing character Raiden, would be unveiled at the show. Obviously we don't know what that truth is, but one can presume given that Hideo Kojima himself will be on hand to reveal it, it's probably some kind of new trailer, and maybe a release date. That said, it'd be pretty funny if he just showed up to say, "Oh, that game? It's canceled. I'm busy working on this transfarring thing."

Another reveal involves Alan Wake, Remedy's critically-acclaimed horror/action game from 2010. Apparently some kind of new Alan Wake something or other will be shown during the broadcast. It's possible this will be the Alan Wake thing that was supposed to manifest itself at E3 this year, but inexplicably didn't.

Lastly, Keighley teased a new BioWare game from "a new studio." Feel free to start chewing through that sentence looking for clues, or just wait for the December issue of Game Informer, which will apparently have some teaser images.

Now then, onto the awards, which have only partially been revealed. Most notably, the nominees for Game of the Year have been posted, and they include the following 2011 gems:

"But wait!" you exclaim, "How can these games that aren't even out yet be nominated for a GOTY award?!?" Fun fact: VGA judges get copies of these games in advance of voting, ensuring they get a chance to play them. So don't worry your pretty little noggins about this situation, all games have very likely been played.

Lastly, the hilarious award for "Most Anticipated Game" still exists, and features the following five titles:

This is a fan-voting category, though on the plus side, the nominees were picked by the voting officials, so at least these aren't, like, "sponsored" nominees, or what have you. Still, it's hard to get too excited for a category that essentially amounts to voting for which game has the most appealing PR campaign--which, by the way, you can do if you head over to official VGA site.

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Edited by toorima

Can not wait to see what this alan wake thing is

Edited by JJOR64

Looking forward to the Alan Wake and MGS:R announcement. Don't care about anything else since the VGAs are always trash.

Posted by probablytuna

Ahhhh can't wait for more Rising news.

Posted by phrosnite

Portal 2 or Batman: AC for GotY

Posted by therealminime

I am actually excited to see what Alan Wake 2 is like and it makes me happy that Rising is not dead. Also curious about Bioware's next title. As for GotY, it is going to be a tough call.

Edited by Aetheldod

No Dark Souls???? Bullshit 
 
Edit: Yeah I know .... DS would never win the VGAs by any chance but still
Edited by PrintedCrayon

I still think it is ridiculous that they have Zelda and Skyrim in there. I don't care if they got advance copies, push back the VGA's so that they're after this year's big releases.

Posted by Jimbo

Interesting that MW3 is MIA. Either not played or not rated very highly...

Posted by DancingJesus

"Still, there are awards being given at the show, though if you're following Geoff Keighley on Twitter, you'd only barely notice it, since those announcements are more or less buried under the pile of exclusive teases he's amassed for himself, like a chipmunk hoarding delicious, exclusive acorns."

Sounds like someone is jealous...

Posted by OllyOxenFree

Oh yeah, that horrid award show.

Posted by Cincaid

@toorima said:

Can not wait to see what this alan wake thing is

Me neither. Alan Wake had its faults, but damn if it wasn't an awesome game.

Posted by SlightConfuse

really excited for more alan Wake , game was a pleasant surprise

Posted by iam3green

yep the video game awards are coming. pretty cool stuff in there. i do like to hear the exclusive stuff that they have there.

Posted by Draxyle

I find it absolutely vile that there are announcements for games that don't exist yet at an awards show.

Please my fellow gamers, don't bother watching this; videogames deserve to be treated seriously. We don't need to watch fake celebrities and fake awards just for the hope of trailers that will be on the net 10 minutes later anyways.

Posted by prestonhedges

Let me guess, it's Alex writing this one.

Oh, hey, look at that.

Edited by me3639

Really hate the industry even gives this awards show any time. No L.A. Noire, at least a nom, and hello....Revelations anyone? And lets not forget Dark Souls.

This statement below is pure BS. Nothing this show does has any credibility whatsoever.

"But wait!" you exclaim, "How can these games that aren't even out yet be nominated for a GOTY award?!?" Fun fact: VGA judges get copies of these games in advance of voting, ensuring they get a chance to play them. So don't worry your pretty little noggins about this situation, all games have very likely been played.

Posted by Andyman067

lol, VGAs

Posted by RobertOrri

I don't quite understand how Spike manages to get these exclusive reveals for VGA every year, because by itself the event is utterly worthless.

Posted by Philzpilz

Good thing that judges pick the most anticipated list or it'd be half life 3 every year...

Posted by BigDaddy81

"Most Anticipated Game" is a fail..............because it doesn't include Borderlands 2. ;p

Posted by DancingJesus

@me3639 said:

Really hate the industry even gives this awards show any time. No L.A. Noire, at least a nom, and hello....Revelations anyone? And lets not forget Dark Souls.

All that has been mentioned has been Game of The Year. You can't have every big release under the sun in that select choice of nominees. Those games that you mentioned might be up for additional awards...

I wouldn't put much weight into these "awards" anyway.

Posted by jred250

Can't wait for more Alan Wake

Posted by popmasterruler
@Draxyle said:

I find it absolutely vile that there are announcements for games that don't exist yet at an awards show.

Please my fellow gamers, don't bother watching this; videogames deserve to be treated seriously. We don't need to watch fake celebrities and fake awards just for the hope of trailers that will be on the net 10 minutes later anyways.

This,I absolutely refuse to watch that trash that dares to call itself "a show".I'm just going to wait as all of the game announcements that they make will show up on the web minutes later.
Posted by reelife

I enjoyed uncharted 3 allot but I believe I'm going to find more enjoyment out of Skyrim.

Edited by Draxyle

I have to add, this video sums up how I feel about these awards;

http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/our-oscars

It hurts to see people being tricked into watching this.

Posted by Delta_Ass

Modern Warfare 3 isn't up for GOTY? Thank god.

Posted by lockwoodx

These awards have zero credibility with the public.

Posted by thellama042

@Jimbo said:

Interesting that MW3 is MIA. Either not played or not rated very highly...

I'd have to say it's because they've put out essentially the same game with a new skin 4 years in a row. And yes, I have played COD: MW all the way through to COD: BOPS.

@BigDaddy81 said:

"Most Anticipated Game" is a fail..............because it doesn't include Borderlands 2. ;p

This. I have to agree with you on this point, though the fact that this even is a category is a fail, really. I can't wait for BLands 2!!!!

Posted by AlexW00d

Possibly the worst titled article I have ever seen on this site.

Posted by Sanj

Hah, I knew just from reading title that this was an Alex Navarro article.

Posted by Vorbis

Only Spike could put a game up for GOTY awards that isn't even out yet.

Posted by Ghostiet

Shit, I totally forgot about Portal 2 this year.

Posted by Ravenlight

@RobertOrri said:

I don't quite understand how Spike manages to get these exclusive reveals for VGA every year, because by itself the event is utterly worthless.

This right here. Please stop watching these stupid things so TV execs will stop thinking they're a good idea.

Posted by ABK_92

Ugh...Uncharted 3...

Posted by thetenthdoctor

"The truth" about Rising? God, I hope it's not something like "Oh that was just a tech demo, lol!".

Posted by Vendetta

Alex Navarro writing is a story about the VGAs is so appropriate. They both try way too hard to be funny.

Posted by MattClassic

Another year, another VGA I will ignore because the 4 minutes of interesting trailers will be on YouTube by the time the show is over.

Posted by Nottle

The VGA's are the worst most stupid pandering things I've seen on TV. I went on the website and it showed Snooki. Why? Neil Patrick Harris won last year for best male voice actor. Your telling me Spiderman was a better perfromance than John Marston, Ezio, or either Shepherd?

Also i hate how its just celebrities hosting this stuff. What does the cast of Always sunny in philidelphia have to do with games. Why did NPH come on stage shooting a machine gun. It hurts my brain. I'm sure you could find someone that's a bit closer to the industry than can get up on stage, be interesting, and not embarass everyone in the room. Cliffy B knows how to get up on stage, Mega64 can be funny, I'm not sure how Jeff would fair on TV but he could be good. Its just dumb that they get these people that are kind of irrelevent when you could find someone that is interesting, that can be taken seriously, and that knows their stuff.

Edited by Cirdain

COMPLETE FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!!

This was in reference to "2011 Spike Video Game Awards Will Award Video Games With Awards, Also Announce Things"

Posted by Talis12

Spike's VGA is to games as MTV's VMA is to music

Posted by The_Nubster

Can we, as a community, stop watching this horrid awards ceremony? Just wait until the trailers and announcements go up on the internet-thing. It'll be a matter of minutes between reveal and upload.

Edited by arcn

Ugh I forgot that the Spike VGA's are actually a thing that keep happening every year, so another two hours of c-list celebrities making awkward jokes and pretending to care about video games. All while a malevolent announcer tricks you into watching every bit of it by telling you that "if you think about switching the channel for even one minute you might miss this 30 second teaser trailer you've been waiting for, so keep watching Fred Durst and Carmen Electra presenting awards goddammit!"

I would recommend that anyone interested in these reveals neuralyze themselves and forget this whole thing ever happened and just visit any random video game website 30 minutes after the awards end and just view all the videos there.

Posted by BlatantNinja23

Cant wait to see what this Alan Wake thing is....

Posted by Tesla

Hey, Metal Gear Rising is still a thing! Glad to hear it.

Posted by Draxyle

@sideshow said:

Spike's VGA is to games as MTV's VMA is to music

Unsurprisingly enough, both stations are owned by Viacom. They love their terrible awards shows.

Posted by bko

It amazes me that Alex has never worked at Gawker, considering his heavy reliance on hipster headlines is straight out of the Gawker style guide.

Posted by RobertOrri

@bko said:

It amazes me that Alex has never worked at Gawker, considering his heavy reliance on hipster headlines is straight out of the Gawker style guide.

Now that's just insulting.

Posted by ThePickle

Alex said everything in the first sentence that needed to be said.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

This could not have been a more Alex Navaroo headline.

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