So like alot of people, I am completely cynical of Spike's VGA's.
However I decided to have a look and saw a bunch of nominations we can vote for. Checked around and its the same games being mentioned....I flashed back to my first and last VGA experience were alot of Hollywood Actors had starred in games and Neil Patrick Harris voiced Spider-man a game and promptly won.
So I checked is there any stupid amount of pointless nominations? I found one...its one at-least...however it could be a pretty stupid one.
Can someone point out the elephant in the room....more so if you have actually played and completed Sleeping Dogs you will probably have laughed pretty hard.
EMMA STONE AS AMANDA CARTWRIGHT! I played the game never noticed any of the famous voices, hell I recognized the voice actor for Wei Shen when he appeared in the new Total Recall movie. You put Emma Stone in a film...Id have a hard time telling who she is. That is just me, its funnier considering she is a Hollywood actress and I couldn't tell who she is without a Google search, probably seen her.
So for those who dont know this is Amanda's significance in the game.in the game you finished like 3 missions? before meeting Amanda, a lost American in Hong Kong looking for a Martial Arts gym, Wei helps her find it. You drive to the gym and Wei meets his old martial arts instructor get taught a new move and is introduced to the way you unlocked new moves.
Amanda simply was a line to get you to a tutorial... there is one more bit, after that you exchange numbers say you'll call her. Done.
Something a lot of people NEVER do is phone her since they didn't know they HAD to. So I phoned her and a sort of "Date" was set up. She wanted to get photos of herself showing off Hong Kong so you meet at a tourist Garden on the side of a hill. Except is 8pm and closed, so you bribe your way in and take some photos of her and then leave.
Done, gone nothing else done. She is out of the game, so much 25 hours later I said to myself "What happened to that Amanda woman?"
Id say Lucy Liu with Vivian Lu would have been a stronger candidate. The story of a woman in the a Hong Kong Triad run movie business, that while she is becoming a starlet her "boss" is prostituting her to every one either to makes deals or just because he can.
As well as she is in the game for a good few hours. Even at that it is pretty loose.
However as Jeff has said in the past roughly* "If your looking to the VGA's as credible form of acknowledgment to core of Video Games then you need to re prioritize whats important."
Meaning the VGA's are what they are. We will never be able to change it into "A TRUE VIDEO GAME AWARDS" instead go watch the Video Game Baftas for a better idea.
With the Robert Florence and the VGA Media awards thing. Were Journalist could win...however a lot of them felt it a badge of shame, since this was PR and Marketers rewarding Journalist with a pat on the head saying "You brown nosed us the best, here is a reward for not giving us that 7!...thanks!"
The Spike VGA's isnt all that different.
Still...I absolutely chuckle at how Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright is a significant character....Hell Not Ping gets more involved ontop of being reused for the Halloween DLC.