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#1 Edited by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -

So that happened. One Alex Navarro made me laugh a whole lot during those two hours of hell, so I thought I'd smash his tweets together into an image file for posterity's sake. I particularly enjoyed the part of the night where Mr. Keighley pretended like the show was acceptable. That took second place to reading the tweets sent at him that were comparing the VGAs favorably to the Academy Awards.

In any case, the image file is long so I'll only link to it. In Twitter fashion, you must read from the bottom up. I've attempted to include any extraneous tweets relevant to the discussion.

I honestly have no idea what I just watched. I'm seriously considering invoking the line I've heard Adam Carolla utter many times: those people who liked that show... stupid, high, or liars?

It's also worth noting that the Joystiq liveblog of the event was pretty amazing too.

Here are just a few instances of the gold within:

  • This is a laugh track, right? People can't actually be laughing at this horseshit.
  • Well, that's it. A grown man just teabagged another grown man. Video games! For adults!
  • LL Cool J just asked "WHERE DA GAMERS AT." At the Video Game Awards. So, there's that.
  • I cannot wait for the Oscars this year, when Billy Crystal walks out and says "YO, WHERE DA FILM BUFFS AT!"
  • THE VGAS: IT'S NOT FOR WOMEN
  • Holy shit, they are actually giving out awards via montage now. They aren't even pretending anymore, are they?
  • I was going to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Charlie Sheen's eloquence, but then they teabagged an award winner. I give up.

Alex said he might be doing a write-up later on. I guess it'll go on the great website Screened dot com.

#2 Posted by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

I love Alex, his all reaching hate encompasses my own.

#3 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

His reactions were great.

#4 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Definitely the best part of all of this. Thank you, Alex.

#5 Posted by asian_pride (1654 posts) -

My respect for Alex has gone waaaaaay up.

#6 Posted by LiquidSwords (2738 posts) -

He kept Tweeting while watching Breaking Dawn too, it was awesome!

#7 Posted by RadixNegative2 (511 posts) -

This is why I love Alex.

#8 Posted by NoeinJ (46 posts) -

That was fun to read. Next year live broadcast with Alex Navarro?

#9 Posted by TheHT (11077 posts) -

Hope he does a proper writeup. God, what a shit-show.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Actually, Alex, I believe you're incorrect with one of your tweets. Mr. Pib is widely known for its "It's not for the Jews" ad campaign, but people still drink that :P.

#11 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

These side jobs were the best part of the VGAs.

#12 Posted by MrMazz (945 posts) -

I love Alex

#13 Posted by EuanDewar (4872 posts) -

Joystiq liveblog was amazing.

8:25PM G: Wait, Charlie Sheen? Chuck Sheen?

8:26PM G: Man, I haven't been this disappointed since my dad promised that "A Quaid" would attend my Bar Mitzvah.

8:29PM J: Yeah, but god damn it if Phillipe Quaid didn't crush Hava Nagila.

#14 Posted by Fruitcocoa (483 posts) -

I was shocked during the entire show. But I enjoyed it... I am of course speaking of tweets and nothing else. But dude, weren't Keighley and Alex "friends"? I mean it must be pretty awkward for them to meet at E3! :D

#15 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze
Thanks for this image, man. I could not these tweets in real time so that compilation was great.
#16 Posted by RadixNegative2 (511 posts) -

@EuanDewar: Agreed. My favorite has to be this though:

7:39PM J: Watching someone I like host the VGAs is like that scene in MGS 4 where Snake crawls through a deadly tunnel while being bombarded with radiation.

#17 Posted by neoepoch (1293 posts) -

If Keighley thinks that just because the show has "exclusive premiers" that it makes it acceptable, (which is what he always seems to go on about nowadays,getting that EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THIS WORLD PREMIER) then has lost all respect from me and is basically a sad little attention seeking man.

#18 Posted by fodigga (123 posts) -

@ZanzibarBreeze: Nice work on that, particularly the part where one of my tweets is included.

#19 Posted by N7 (3578 posts) -

I wish I could have seen these during the show. It was pretty bad... Pretty bad...
 
But Alex's deep hatred for everything and anything is quite welcoming!

#20 Posted by SMTDante89 (2558 posts) -

Thank you for this. It was just great.

#21 Posted by hbkdx12 (779 posts) -

that award show was really a travesty and an insult. Fuckin shame. 
 
It's no wonder so many people look down at video gaming when you showcase stupid shit like brooklyn deckker bobbing for cupcakes

#22 Posted by Fruitcocoa (483 posts) -

But really guys, we need to look at one very important thing here. Everyone of us watched the show, right? Why? Because of all the exclusives. While almost every trailer (except Fortnite) seemed rushed together and pretty boring I think that this is the time to really ask what is going on? Because what kind of world premiere was the Bioshock trailer? No new footage or anything, the Mass Effect trailer was great but if you're going to compare it to the other ME-trailers it's just "all right". The greatest trailer wasn't even in the show. I really loved the Darksiders 2 trailer!

#23 Posted by Brendan (7730 posts) -

Alex's tweeting was thoroughly trumped by the Joystiq live blog. That was a riot the whole way through.

#24 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

hey man, at least it was better than the GOP debate.

#25 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

Thank you for being the voice of the people Alex.

#26 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

I enjoyed reading them off that screenshot, thanks, but I can't believe you actually took those screens and connected them and drew arrows..

#27 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

The people hating on the show (including Alex) were scraping the pot pretty badly. Really, Alex? You're gonna critisize that they didn't give out an award in the first 10 minutes, and that the host had an unfunny monologue? Have you ever seen a fucking awards show? What a pretentious douchebag.

#28 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -

@buzz_killington said:

The people hating on the show (including Alex) were scraping the pot pretty badly. Really, Alex? You're gonna critisize that they didn't give out an award in the first 10 minutes, and that the host had an unfunny monologue? Have you ever seen a fucking awards show? What a pretentious douchebag.

Did you watch the show?

#29 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6135 posts) -

@EvilTwin said:

Thank you for being the voice of the people Alex.

This. Hilarious stuff, and also spot-on.

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#30 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

The entirety of Alex's tweet were pure gold. Also enjoyed him telling Keighley that the VGAs were awful.

#31 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1560 posts) -

Alex's deep, unbiased hatred for all was the best, brightest part of that show, ironically.

#32 Posted by Dagbiker (6956 posts) -

Is it really Ellen Page in the Last of Us trailer, because if it is that girl is in everything. but it is the same thought i had when i saw it.

#33 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

@ZanzibarBreeze said:

@buzz_killington said:

The people hating on the show (including Alex) were scraping the pot pretty badly. Really, Alex? You're gonna critisize that they didn't give out an award in the first 10 minutes, and that the host had an unfunny monologue? Have you ever seen a fucking awards show? What a pretentious douchebag.

Did you watch the show?

Yes, I did. For an awards show aired on Spike, sister (or should I say brother) network of MTV, it was OK and entertaining. There were a lot of things not good about it, but there were also funny and entertaining moments. I feel like people have never seen another awards show in their life. Did you see the Oscars this past year? At least the VGAs are entertaining. The Oscars are a four hour boring, unfunny travesty. People just need to watch it for what it is, and stop making a show on Spike into the symbol of video-games in the mainstream.

#34 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

@buzz_killington said:

@ZanzibarBreeze said:

@buzz_killington said:

The people hating on the show (including Alex) were scraping the pot pretty badly. Really, Alex? You're gonna critisize that they didn't give out an award in the first 10 minutes, and that the host had an unfunny monologue? Have you ever seen a fucking awards show? What a pretentious douchebag.

Did you watch the show?

Yes, I did. For an awards show aired on Spike, sister (or should I say brother) network of MTV, it was OK and entertaining. There were a lot of things not good about it, but there were also funny and entertaining moments. I feel like people have never seen another awards show in their life. Did you see the Oscars this past year? At least the VGAs are entertaining. The Oscars are a four hour boring, unfunny travesty. People just need to watch it for what it is, and stop making a show on Spike into the symbol of video-games in the mainstream.

I believe the majority of the people here would disagree with you.

Also the Oscars are fine.

#35 Posted by MrMazz (945 posts) -

@buzz_killington: they also honored the thing they were celebrating and their makers this didn't really do that

#36 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -

@buzz_killington: I didn't find a single moment entertaining. Well, I guess I was entertained in the sense that I enjoyed laughing at how horrible and offensive that show was, but saying I was "entertained by that" would be cynical. I will say that I agree with you that Spike has no responsibility to put on a good awards show, and I don't expect them to—but what they did put on was, at times, downright hateful. Did they get Tom Leykis and Mancow to write some of those bits and ads?

I'd like Geoff Keighley to do "The Final Hours of the 2011 Spike VGAs" so we can find out exactly what went down.

#37 Edited by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

@boshjoyer said:

The entirety of Alex's tweet were pure gold. Also enjoyed him telling Keighley that the VGAs were awful.

That's pretty much the reason why I love Alex. No nonsense motherfucker. Say what you will about the guy, but he tells it like it is, 24/7.

@buzz_killington said:

@ZanzibarBreeze said:

@buzz_killington said:

The people hating on the show (including Alex) were scraping the pot pretty badly. Really, Alex? You're gonna critisize that they didn't give out an award in the first 10 minutes, and that the host had an unfunny monologue? Have you ever seen a fucking awards show? What a pretentious douchebag.

Did you watch the show?

Yes, I did. For an awards show aired on Spike, sister (or should I say brother) network of MTV, it was OK and entertaining. There were a lot of things not good about it, but there were also funny and entertaining moments. I feel like people have never seen another awards show in their life. Did you see the Oscars this past year? At least the VGAs are entertaining. The Oscars are a four hour boring, unfunny travesty. People just need to watch it for what it is, and stop making a show on Spike into the symbol of video-games in the mainstream.

See, you're speaking as part of the audience that the show caters to, though. I don't find the Oscars brilliant or anything, but as a film buff, they're far from boring and unfunny for the entire duration. There's a lot of reverence and celebration for the actual people in the industry. I'm sure a 12 year old girl must get a kick from the MTV Movie Awards, for example, and idiots must love the People's Choice Awards and find them entertaining.

I didn't watch the VGAs, since I instead stabbed myself in the back of my hand repeatedly with a pencil, but from what I understand, there's little to no reverence for the gaming community. It's all lowest common denominator humor and celebrities who are there for the booze, while the people who actually make the games get shafted. Occasionally you'll get neat bits about the industry (and exclusive trailers), but there is little to no reverence for the video game community as a whole. And if the show isn't at least funny, then that makes the lack of reverence even more annoying.

#38 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

@MrMazz said:

@buzz_killington: they also honored the thing they were celebrating and their makers this didn't really do that

A TV show needs to be entertaining first. You can 'celebrate' something all you want (if your idea of celebrating is James Franco dropping porn puns on movie names), but if the show is not watchable, what's the fucking point?

@Dany: In what respect? That the Oscars are the model for what an awards show should be?

@ZanzibarBreeze: I bet Keighley busted his ass off to get Myamoto and the founders of Blizzard some stage time. He's not solely in charge of the show.

#39 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11585 posts) -

Alex Navarro's suffering is like candy for my soul. The sheer amount of venom that man can produce rivals that of most species of cobra.

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#40 Posted by natetodamax (19191 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze Alex writes for Giant Bomb so if he wrote about the VGAs it could go on here
#41 Posted by Doctorchimp (4073 posts) -

@Fruitcocoa said:

But really guys, we need to look at one very important thing here. Everyone of us watched the show, right? Why? Because of all the exclusives. While almost every trailer (except Fortnite) seemed rushed together and pretty boring I think that this is the time to really ask what is going on? Because what kind of world premiere was the Bioshock trailer? No new footage or anything, the Mass Effect trailer was great but if you're going to compare it to the other ME-trailers it's just "all right". The greatest trailer wasn't even in the show. I really loved the Darksiders 2 trailer!

The Mass Effect 3 trailer was great? Which one did you watch?

#42 Posted by ArclightBorealis (1563 posts) -

And this is why I was smart to not watch the VGAs, much like how I didn't watch them the previous years. Alex's tweets and the Joystiq live blog confirm the atrociousness of that show in hilarious fashion.

#43 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

@buzz_killington said:

@MrMazz said:

@buzz_killington: they also honored the thing they were celebrating and their makers this didn't really do that

A TV show needs to be entertaining first. You can 'celebrate' something all you want (if your idea of celebrating is James Franco dropping porn puns on movie names), but if the show is not watchable, what's the fucking point?

@Dany: In what respect? That the Oscars are the model for what an awards show should be?

@ZanzibarBreeze: I bet Keighley busted his ass off to get Myamoto and the founders of Blizzard some stage time. He's not solely in charge of the show.

They are for cinephiles. Movie nerds celebrating the best in films. The show is for the actors, the directors, producers and journalists who love great movies and like watching them celebrated. The award show is simple, formal and elegant.

#44 Posted by Nephrahim (1121 posts) -

Looks like I dodged a bullet not watching this.

#45 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -

@buzz_killington said:

@ZanzibarBreeze: I bet Keighley busted his ass off to get Myamoto and the founders of Blizzard some stage time. He's not solely in charge of the show.

I don't think he is solely to blame, but the final straw (forgive the cliche) is him continuing to defend the show. What else is he going to do? He works for Spike, G4, Gametrailers, whoever—I get that, I get that he's a shill, I get that he can't say "my employer just put on a really shitty show."

But if he had any self respect he'd admit that this was hardly acceptable. In the face of what just happened, there's no way I could defend that, even if I was in his position, unless he's getting paid over $5 million. (I don't think I could defend it for under $5 million. Over $5 million, different story.) Instead he retweeted the ten idiots that said to him that the VGAs were just like the Oscars. Great!

This hardly does his image any favors. It's a business, etc., etc., etc.—I get all that stuff. But there's also public perception and public image and public standing, and he's lost it all. How can you possibly associate yourself with that mess?

#46 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

@ZanzibarBreeze: yea his defense against alex's claims were terrible and those retweets were dumb it made him look like a shill

#47 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

I missed out on the VGA's, shame I couldn't experience the shitstorm along with Alex.

#48 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

@Dany said:

@buzz_killington said:

@MrMazz said:

@buzz_killington: they also honored the thing they were celebrating and their makers this didn't really do that

A TV show needs to be entertaining first. You can 'celebrate' something all you want (if your idea of celebrating is James Franco dropping porn puns on movie names), but if the show is not watchable, what's the fucking point?

@Dany: In what respect? That the Oscars are the model for what an awards show should be?

@ZanzibarBreeze: I bet Keighley busted his ass off to get Myamoto and the founders of Blizzard some stage time. He's not solely in charge of the show.

They are for cinephiles. Movie nerds celebrating the best in films. The show is for the actors, the directors, producers and journalists who love great movies and like watching them celebrated. The award show is simple, formal and elegant.

No it is not for cinephiles. Real movie critics (like Peter Travers) actually hate the show itself. It is meant to have as broad an appeal as possible. That's why you get people like Tim Allen presenting awards. It is simple, sterile, and void of meaning, except saying "Winner of Academy Awards" on your poster or DVD box is equal to more $$$ (that's straight from the mouth of the Weinsteins, who have built their whole business on farming for awards). Once you realize how political and backroom-deal-bullshit the actual process of nominating and finding winning films is, the whole thing loses its meaning. It's just a show to get: 1) Ad money for the channel, 2) Ad money for the print mags and sites reporting the red carpet the next day, and 3) Drive movie sales. That's all the Oscars have become. They celebrate nothing.

#49 Posted by Kanden (132 posts) -
#50 Posted by MrMazz (945 posts) -

@buzz_killington: They also don't have people getting teabagged and celebrities that have no connection WHAT SO EVER on stage and ya know people actually get on stage and talk they still HONOR the acheivment there is hardly any honoring in the VGAs

If it were called Infomercial for 2012 or something like that and just a block of trailers i'd be cool with that but masquerader as a awards show dose video games and everyone a disservice.