The Game Awards are like nerd Christmas, and Geoff Keighley is Santa Claus. He's also the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, and he's replacing your dad, and the voice in your head, too. He's everywhere these days, after all: Summer Game Fest, Gamescom, that one THQ Nordic livestream, Death Stranding, and apparently The Muppets Haunted Mansion. Quite the busy chap.
But of course he's hosting The Game Awards, since that's his baby: the awards show that usually brings multiple game announcements, exclusives, and premieres to our screens every December.
Last year's event was broadcast virtually, with no in-person audience, but this year's awards will return to the Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre.
For 2020's Game Awards, the big winner of the night was The Last of Us II, which won Game of the Year as well as six other awards. The PlayStation also won big, with Sony Interactive Entertainment sweeping up nine awards as publisher. Presenters included Reggie Fils-Aimé, Troy Baker, Keanu Reeves, Tom Holland, Gal Gadot, and Nintendo Life favourite, Brie Larson, as well as Keighley's new pal and co-worker Swedish Chef. Performances from Eddie Vedder, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and video game band OFK also featured.
In past years, the Game Awards has been criticised for announcing many of its awards and winners either in the pre-show or as a rapid-fire list in one go, as well as for awarding games that have been criticised for worker's rights violations.
The 2020 Game Awards had 83 million streams, with a peak of 8.3 million concurrent viewers.
Who do you think will win GOTY this year? Let us know in the comments.
The man of the hour returns yet again
Thankfully it's not every hour.
Hopefully there won't be any woke garbage session like that cringe TakeTwo section this past E3.
Anyways let's hope Nintendo wins at least an award or two.
Always nice to see live events again, instead of pre-recorded.
I may dislike the game awards and only watch it for the cringe moments and game announcements, but I do actually like Geoff Keighley. He is very passionate about games especially ones made by Valve, Kojima and Nintendo.
Seems like a good dude, honestly. Shame that his show is reduced to media fluff, it sometimes feels like a forced over-produced talk-show.
@Arkay Imagine caring that much about things being ‘woke’. What happened to taking politics out of video games? Just watch the trailers and wind your neck in.
No doubt indies will be lumped in with triple-a's as usual
@nessisonett exactly, I hope they just keep it to games 👌🏾
Hope its not rigged this year 😃👍.
Not gonna lie, I've really stopped caring about the game awards, especially after the one for 2020, most if not all the games that won awards just feel so biased now, and pretty much the only thing they get right nowadays is some new reveals or surprises. Hopefully some cool stuff gets revealed or at least a few funny moments, but I'm definitely not gonna freak out over when it's happening or be at the edge of my seat for what gets an award. That being said, I still do like Geoff, he's a cool dude
@Entrr_username ...why wouldn't they? A ton of indie games are great and can definitely be as respectable, if not more so, than a good chunk of AAA games
@Doofenshmirtz I think what he saying is, is that they never win, I mean last year last of us won like 10 awards, Hades won at least one which is nice but in my opinion there were so many things last of us shouldn't have won for.
The endless trash awards hosted by that clown who the industry uses because they literally won’t find try to find someone better than this living cringe meme.
I'll pass watched it last year & it was rubbish
GotY so far is still Resident Evil Village for me. There’s still a few more potential candidates down the pipeline though. Metroid’s got the best shot to steal GotY away from Village though.
Looking forward to the Game Awards!
@Snatcher Every award show for anything ever is rigged. Whoever "denotes" the most money baby!
From a moral standpoint awards are best given to those projects that are special but not getting a lot of press. It would be great to see actual people like programmers, art directors, and sound editors get recognition for their work instead of faceless companies. It’s great if you want to award art with recognition, but it has to say something (theme) in a way it’s never been said before (gameplay mechanism). If it doesn’t do that I don’t think you can define it as ‘art’.
But realistically most of us just want to see trailers of new games that interest us, because we want to be part of the conversation about the next best thing in the now, instead of that little thing no one played that released last year.
Not a fan of his but I give credit where it's due, Keighley at least has some good announcements at his shows.
metroid has always performed kinda poorly but imagine if dread not only is the best selling metroid game but ends up winning game of the year.
The dude is like Ryan Seacrest crossbred with Justin Bieber. How does anyone stand him?
@NEStalgia I don't know about Bieber but see post 10. 😉
Since we're finding out the very last SSBU DLC fighter next week what's even the point of another Game Awards? Oh right, me time for Geoff w/ Kojima. 😂
I haven't played Last of Us 2, so I wouldn't have voted for it. Even if I did play it and didn't like it then that wouldn't mean it didn't deserve the awards it won.
People really need to learn that just because they're not a fan of something that if that something wins things doesn't mean it's underserverd or rigged. Just means different people like different things and industry people just had more people in it with different opinion than yours, that's it.
I just congratule and move on.
The Game Awards are like Nerd Christmas? I must respectfully disagree. They don't mean anything anymore in the grand scheme of things, especially with the disconnect that comes from the voters primarily being insiders and elitists that decide things behind closed doors.
I enjoyed the Muppet cameo. 👍
@rjejr lol... You and me... We're on the same wavelength.
Should everyone begin evacuating now?
@Hinade Well. It depends on what they value. Ultimately, I think giving games like Last of Us 2 or God of War major awards is bad for gaming. It's basically like giving the Avengers "Best Picture". I don't have anything against the Avengers by the way.
@kducky11 he's the host.
Anything with Geoff's name on it I'm no longer watching. His shows (game awards, Summer games fest etc) are most always just fluff showing games that we already know about. I'll pass. E3 is the only true games event I still enjoy watching, along with the Nintendo Directs and State of Plays.
Yeah bandwagon hate soo cool bro , feels like the guy killed a baby from those comments
Give me a good reason to keep watching The Game Awards. Nominations have always been so questionable (Paper Mario is a "family game," seriously?). Nintendo's presence has increasingly dwindled.
I hope that games like Persona 5 Scramble/Strikers and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity receive some sort of substantial recognition. Both games are successful spin-offs to their respective, 2017 Game of the Year nominees.
What a joke last years awards were. But I mostly there to watch for the game reveals, not the award winners.
I'm not the biggest fan of TGAs, but even if you don't like Geoff you surely have to respect his hard work and dedication to gaming over several decades.
His body of work from GameTrailers, G4tv, Kotaku and Spike VGAs is huge. Not to mention his brilliant The Final Hours series.
I'm not his biggest fan, and I find TGA's a bit of a self congratulatory circle-jerk (far too much like the Oscars in that reward) but I have to hand it to him for creating the awards out of nothing.
A hard working man who loves games and gaming. Keep it up Geoff.
@NEStalgia We've always been on the same wavelength. But it's like infrared so no one else can see it. 😎
@ModdedInkling Paper Mario is a family game though? It’s for all ages
The term "family game" sounds more appropriate for something everyone in the family can play together - in other words, a casual multiplayer game like Mario Party or Mario Kart. Its classification fits the "role-playing game" category a lot more.
@Hinade Well maybe if you looked more into it, you would see it really didn't need all the awards that it won, compared to others, and you also have to understand alot of the people who were upset, played the game and didn't think it needed those awards.
We don't have to hate something to think its rigged, I thought some of the awards were fine, but they got awards that other games did waaay better, or last of us just didn't do at all, they just handed those damn thing out like mad.
@Snatcher Weird first paragraph, you just repeated me. I even mention that if I played it and didn't like it I still wouldn't have a problem with it.
I don't have to look into anything. Again, just because you personally didn't think it deserved as much awards doesn't matter just like it doesn't matter which I would have like seen win.
@Hinade Well I did feel Like I just said what you said LOL.
I'm just saying that the game didn't do well in some parts were other games did do better, Not like I can do anything about it, its not like critics care about stuff like that anyway.
So Ya all in all, I just don't agree with it, and you were saying it doesn't matter if one doesn't agree with it, so uh, sorry?
Geoff Keighley, is slated to win Best Twitter Post (which would normally be Best Facebook Post but the blackout changed plans).
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