‘The Game Awards’ Are A Joke, Here’s Why.


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Anthony Baamonde, Staff Writer

On Dec. 6, 2018, YouTube held “The Game Awards” on a live stream. “The Game Awards” are an annual award ceremony held at the end of each year that hands out awards for the best in video games. Reminiscent of the Oscars, but for video games. However, this year seemed to be a little biased towards a newer game, “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

“Red Dead Redemption 2” almost swept the game awards and it’s ridiculous. A game that’s been out for barley two months has the opportunity to sweep an award show? The game won: Best Performance, Best Narrative, Best Audio Design and Best Score/Soundtrack. This is a significantly high number of awards for a brand new game. Thankfully, “God of War” won Game of the Year. Fans expect “God of War” to take home some awards during the show.

For loyal gamers, it seemed like “God of War” and “Spider-Man” were snubbed during the award ceremony. “God of War” was rated one of the best games. For some devoted fans, it was not only the best game of the year, but for the last fifteen years. “Spider-Man” had exceedingly higher graphics than “Red Dead.”

The fact that “Spider-Man” did not win anything blew fans mind’s. The game seen as a flawless masterpiece in the industry.

Another thing that was completely absurd were the nominees for sports games. They were: “NBA 2k19,” “FIFA19,” “Mario Tennis,” “Forza Horizon 4” and “Pro Evolution Soccer 2019.” The first gripe is with the fact that two soccer games were chosen, which is outrageously unfair. Second, Nintendo games, specifically “Mario” games, all have similar gameplay, which makes gamers feel like they should never be nominated for an awards. Lastly, MLB the Show was not on the roster. This is seen as one of the best sports games currently out and it doesn’t make the list. “Forza Horizon 4” won the award, which is a great game.

One of the most captivating parts of the night were the announcements of world premiers of future games. “Far Cry: New Dawn” was announced, which is pretty interesting considering “Far Cry 5” is not even a year old yet. But, fans are still excited to play a new variation in the “Far Cry” series. Another game fans are extremely excited to see is “Mortal Kombat 11.” The trailer was brutal and gory, which stirs an excitement in horror fans. “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3” was announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive, which will deficiently drive up sales for the Switch this holiday season.

During this whole award show, they were also counting down the release of “Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.” Loyal gamers played the game the night it was released, it received positive reviews. It’s a Smash, what else is there to know?

The overall show itself left much to be desired. The host was awful, the performances were just as bad and presenters were trying way too hard to be funny. Some parts were hard to watch, which left viewers cringing and laughing for all the wrong reasons. However, with this industry growing, the Game Awards are a necessary evil. Hopefully they will learn from their mistakes and improve next year.