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Spike TV tried rebranding its annual video game awards into the more respectable 'Spike Vgx' on Saturday night, and the results were... disastrous according to various critics. While the awards themselves were considered solid choices, the ceremony proved awkward at best.
First up, the awards themselves and "Grand Theft Auto V" took the top award of 'Overall Game of the Year' along with a 'Best Soundtrack' honor. However, it was Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us" and "Bioshock Infinite" which both scored the most honors, nabbing three awards each, with Naughty Dog also taking award as best game studio of the year:
Overall Game of the Year: "Grand Theft Auto V"
Best PC Game: "Gone Home"
Best Nintendo Game: "Super Mario 3D World"
Best PlayStation Game: "The Last of Us"
Best Xbox Game: "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons"
Best Indie Game: "Gone Home"
Best Casual Game: "Animal Crossing: New »
- Garth Franklin
News Aaron Birch 8 Dec 2013 - 05:06
Spike's re-branded game awards, Vgx, aired this weekend, and here are some of the best trailers...
Although the general appreciation of Spike TV's gaming award is often mixed, being the source of much internet hatred, there's one thing the show always delivers, regardless of your opinion of it, and that's exclusives and new game reveals. This year was no different, and we got some demonstrations of some big name titles, as well as one or two major reveals.
As to be expected, the show featured more footage and coverage of known triple-a titles like Titanfall, Thief, The Witcher 3, Destiny and The Division, but it also focused on some new surprises. These included Telltale's two new projects, A Game of Thrones series, and Tales From the Borderlands, which sees the episodic developer team up with Gearbox to bring more depth to the world of Pandora. »
Annual video game awards show change name, format, and broadcast exclusively online to show off amazing game footage, but is that enough?
On Saturday evening, Spike brought their annual Vga awards online for the first time in its history. The awards, now retitled Vgx, was a three hour webcast event exclusively streamed on Viacoms Cable Network websites, Yahoo Screen, Xbox Live and Twitch. The event, which was hosted by Gametrailers own Geoff Keighley and Joel McHale(Community, The Soup) eschewed the traditional large award show format of previous years and instead replaced it with a format of interviews, award presentation, trailer reveals and audience participation, which drew mixed commentary from the audience. However, the evening had its share of highlights and lowlights, both from developers and the talent themselves
- TellTale Games makes two major announcements, The first announced at the beginning of the broadcast was a new Borderlands title, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Danger)
If you have played The Last of Us on Playstation 3 it has likely ruined video gaming for you. The world created is so vivid and believable that every game afterward just feels dated and empty.
Throughout, The Last of Us is unwaveringly real, full of seemingly inconsequential details such as every weapon or object you carry being attached or able to fit into your character’s backpack. Contrast this with Grand Theft Auto V where a rocket launcher appears out of your trouser pocket and it’s clear that if game developers really want to create a living, breathing parallel to reality they need to treat it as reality – no short cuts.
Actor Troy Baker who motion-capped and provided the voice for The Last of Us’ main protagonist Joel.
We would not recommend reading this article until you have played the game from beginning to end, so there is perhaps »
- Christopher Laverty
While Sony Pictures has not yet confirmed anything, they have registered a couple of domain names for a big screen adaptation of their hit PS3 exclusive video game The Last of Us.
On November 25, thelastofus-movie.com and thelastofusmovie.net were both registered by Sony's online brand protection agency Mark Monitor. This does not necessarily mean they are moving forward on a feature, and there is no word on when this could even happen. Right now, it looks like Sony is just protecting itself for any future movie plans.
Here is the trailer for the video game launch.
The story of The Last of Us follows, Joel, a ruthless survivor with few moral lines left to cross, who lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones. These walled-off, oppressive cities are run by what's left of the military. Despite the strict martial law, Joel operates in the black market of the city, »
The Last of Us movie domains have been registered online.
Filings for TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net were registered by Sony's online brand protection agency MarkMonitor on November 25, reports IGN.
The registrant's email has a Sony Pictures address, providing further evidence that the filings are genuine.
Sony is yet to announce plans to develop a movie based on The Last of Us, and could simply be protecting the brand.
The game will receive story-driven prequel Dlc in early 2014.
Players will control Ellie for the duration of the Dlc, but will also be joined by her best friend and mentor Riley, voiced by Yaani King.
The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog recently announced »
Most gamers look forward to Spike TV's Video Game Awards if for nothing else other than the amazing game reveals they offer up. This year, the network is changing things up and launching Vgx, a new multi-platform streaming event. While it's still essentially an Awards show, it'll break from tradition and offer up more gaming insights. Today, they've revealed the list of nominees in all of the categories. Come inside to check it out!
I'm not entirely sure what to make of Vgx. While I'm not sold on the name (Vga's is something we're already familiar with), I do like the concept. Rather than try and cram a bunch of stuff in a shortened live show they're taking it onto the platforms we gamers thrive on, to provide an All Day event for us. It's a neat idea that can make the awards show for games much more exciting »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
After ten years, Spike Video Game Awards have rebranded themselves the 'Vgx' in an effort to give the show more legitimacy and respectability.
The three hour broadcast will air live on December 7th from 6pm Us-est across multiple platforms. Despite the classier name change, the show will still include bunch of world premiere game trailers and brand new content (including extended demos) from upcoming titles.
Today, the nominees for this year's awards were announced with the lion's share garnered by "Grand Theft Auto V" (9 noms), "Bioshock Infinite" (8 noms), "The Last of Us" (7 noms) and "Tomb Raider" (5 noms). Here's the full list:
Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto V
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us
Studio of the Year
The Fullbright Company
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Metro: Last Light
Best Action Adventure Game »
- Garth Franklin
With a little over two weeks until the annual awards ceremony, the nominations for 2013’s Vgx —previously known as the Spike Video Game Awards— have been announced. The selection includes some of the year’s heaviest hitters, such as Grand Theft Auto V, while recognising the talent behind the pixels with nods to studios like Naughty Dog and The Fullbright Company rounding off the list.
You can check out the full, council-voted list below or, to have your voice heard, head on over to the company’s website to choose the most anticipated game of 2014.
Game of the Year
BioShock Infinite Grand Theft Auto V Super Mario 3D World The Last of Us Tomb Raider
Studio of the Year
Irrational Games Naughty Dog Rockstar North The Fullbright Company
Most Anticipated Game (voted on by fans)
- Michael Briers
Adding to last night’s The Last of Us: Left Behind world premiere trailer, Naughty Dog has announced the first details about what players can expect to find in the upcoming single player story-based Dlc for The Last of Us.
As suggested by the short teaser trailer, The Last of Us: Left Behind takes place after the events in the Dark Horse comic series The Last of Us: American Dreams and before Joel and Ellie meet in the main game. Players take on the role of Ellie (who is once again portrayed by Ashley Johnson) throughout the entire campaign, which is centered around her life at the military boarding school in the Boston quarantine zone.
Over the course of the Dlc Ellie is accompanied by her best friend and mentor Riley (played by Yaani King), in a story that “explores the bond between Ellie and Riley through a series of »
- Justin Alderman
Want to check out Joss Whedon's Much Ado about Nothing, save $5 on your purchase and save the Unicorns? Well then today's your day, champ! Whedon himself tweeted out a promo link that will give you a $5 discount on a pre-order of his modern retelling of a Shakespearean classic. The micro-budget film, completed in just twelve days at his house, stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher and Nathan Fillion. Here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images. Much Ado about Nothing will be released on October 8th, although you must complete your purchase by September 10th to lock in the Unicorn-saving discount. Hit the jump for more. Here's what Whedon Tweeted earlier today: Joss Whedon @josswhedon If you preorder Much Ado About Nothing on @AmazonVideo you will »
- Dave Trumbore
“The Last Of Us” Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment PS3
Unfortunately, I haven’t convinced everyone around here that playing… er … reviewing video games is an essential part of my job, which is why it took me some time to finally get through Last Of Us. Hopefully after reading this they’ll see that gaming is going to be a big part of FM, moving forward.
Let’s face it, gaming has come a long way since a few dots represented everything from race cars and tanks to E.T. and Pac Man. Video games are the future of storytelling. With budgets and cast lists to rival Hollywood movies, plus the luxury of not having to adhere to weather patterns, Teamsters, the laws of physics—or even reality itself, for that matter—video games are routinely more entertaining and engaging than cinema’s biggest blockbusters.
It’s not uncommon for Hollywood »
- The ED-itor
This is not The Cabin in the Woods. There are no big sartorial clues in Much Ado About Nothing for a switcheroo mid-point that makes you go “ahhh…now I get it”. Nonetheless, director Joss Whedon’s always inventive costume designer Shawna Trpcic could not resist the urge to pepper his film with subtle meaning. Plus everything on screen is contemporary set but shot in black and white. In costume terms it is a far tougher job to be seen and yet not seen, and even more so without the use of colour. Delicate application of fabric and pattern is vital.
“I squinted at colours as I laid out photographs of the actors in their changes from the fitting photos” explains Shawna Trpcic. “If tones were too alike I moved them around, even the textures were very important to me.”
Hero (Jillian Morgese) tries on a wedding dress with her »
- Chris Laverty
Ellen Page has taken to Reddit to speak out about the striking similarities between herself and the lead female character of Ellie in Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us, going so far as to claim that the makers of the game ripped off her likeness for the character.
Page, who is set to star in her own video game Beyond: Two Souls later this year, noted her claims when answering a Reddit Ama question on whether she was aware of the character of Ellie. Judging from the sounds of it, Page was not too appreciative of Naughty Dog using her likeness without her permission:
“I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness,” said Page. “But I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.”
Since the game was first revealed in back in December 2011, many keen observers »
- Nick Savvides
Joss Whedon’s contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in theaters. The micro-budget film was completed in just twelve days at his house, and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher, and Nathan Fillion. For more on the film, here is Matt’s review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images. During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an extended video interview with Gregg. He talked about making the film, the complicated dialogue, if he agrees to whatever Joss Whedon asks of him, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The To Do List, premiering his film Trust Me at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Clark Gregg: How the last time we »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Ellen Page is starring in an upcoming video game called "Beyond: Two Souls," but that wasn't the first title to feature her likeness. Several months before "Beyond: Two Souls" was revealed in 2012, another game called "The Last of Us" was announced whose main character Ellie looked incredibly similar to Page.
At the time many people assumed that "The Last of Us" would feature Page, though it was actress Ashley Johnson who ended up taking the voice acting role. The character of Ellie was later altered to look more like Johnson than Page, though "The East" star definitely took notice of the initial similarity. During a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything, Page targeted "The Last of Us" creator Naughty Dog for creating a character who looked just like her after being asked about the similarity.
"I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually »
To say that I was eagerly waiting for The Last Of Us would be somewhat of an understatement, ever since its announcement over a year and a half a go I’ve been waiting for it with baited breath. Whilst survival games aren’t exactly my cup of tea and any sort of horror leaves me huddles under my blanket reciting passages of the bible, I couldn’t wait to try this new addition to the genre out. The trailer made it look spectacular and the promises that Naughty Dog made had me wondering whether I’d ever love another game as much.
There was one problem though as the release date got closer, people were talking about it a tad too much. I’ve been burnt before and after zealously waiting for other games I’d be disappointed by close to all of them purely because the media and »
- Idris Aylwin
Update: I've finished the game and it's as excellent as I thought it would turn out.
So I have to be totally upfront with you -- I haven't completed "The Last of Us" yet. You can blame E3 for this one. However, I did manage to marathon about 9 hours of it last night just for you! But sadly, the call for sleep finally hit me around 4 or so this morning. So with that said, this isn't a review so much as an extended impression.
Even with the few hours I've played, "The Last of Us" has so far presented one of the best gaming experiences I've had on the PS3. Naughty Dog has strained out every ounce of Sony's 7 year old system and put out a fantastic, narrative driven and genuinely horrifying, and at times emotionally draining game.
The most prominent aspect of "TLoU" is the character development. I feel »
- Clint Mize
Kris Wall reviews The Last of Us....
Post-apocalyptic action adventure - four words that have now become almost guaranteed to raise a yawn amongst the gaming collective looking to seek out new and exciting adventures. So, from the creators of Uncharted, Naughty Dog, comes another post-apocalyptic action adventure that riffs on everything from The Road and Children of Men to I Am Legend and The Walking Dead, yet confidently treading its own path and defying everything to create quite possibly the best game of this generation.
The Last of Us begins at the end, the end of the world as a viral outbreak devastates civilisation as we know it. We see this through the eyes of a young girl as she wakes up to the first reports of the outbreak via TV and radio broadcasts, glimpses of panic and chaos on the horizon nearing closer to home, and the blinding »
- Flickering Myth
Joss Whedon's contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is now playing in theaters. The micro-budget film was completed in just twelve days at his house, and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Clark Gregg, Tom Lenk, Ashley Johnson, Reed Diamond, Riki Lindhome, Sean Maher, and Nathan Fillion. For more on the film, here is Matt's review and all our previous coverage which includes clips, posters, and images. During the recent L.A. press day, I landed an extended video interview with Fillion. He talked about making Much Ado, the complicated dialogue, if he agrees to whatever Joss Whedon asks of him, Twitter, what he geeks out over, his thoughts on the Star Wars sequels, the idea of appearing as Captain Malcolm Reynolds in another movie as a cameo, and more. In addition, he talks about his voice role for Monsters University and his Pixar fandom, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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