Hello VGX, goodbye Video Game Awards. Spike has rebranded its annual video game awards show for 2013, offering VGX across several digital platforms and the live stream can be accessed on VGXLive.com, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Twitch, iOS and Android devices as well as Hulu, Yahoo Screen and GameTrailers.
VGX 2013 will be hosted by Joel McHale, "Community," and will feature several debuts and exclusive performances while also handing out awards in 23 different categories. Fans got a chance to vote for "Most Anticipated Game," "Character of the Year" and "Best Mobile Game" while a council of game journalists voted on the other categories. In the "Most Anticipated Game" category the nominees are "Destiny," "Titanfall," "South Park: The Stick of Truth," "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" and "Watch Dogs."
For "Game of the Year," the nominees are "Grand Theft Auto V," "BioShock Infinite," "Super Mario 3D World," "The Last of Us" and "Tomb Raider." The "Studio of the Year" nominees include Irrational Games ("BioShock Infinite"), Naughty Dogs ("The Last of Us,"), Rockstar North ("GTA V") and the Fullbright Company ("Gone Home"). The full list of VGX categories can be viewed at the VGX website.
In addition to announcing winners, VGX will include several exclusive performances, reveals and video game debuts. Spike has announced a special musical performance from acts featured on the "GTA V" soundtrack. Matt Parker and Trey Stone, the creators of "South Park" will also be at VGX and will offer a sneak peak at "South Park: the Stick of Truth."
VGX will also debut new content from "Titanfall," "Dying Light," "Tom Clancy's The Division," "Broken Age" and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." In addition to new game footage, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be on hand to debut a new Wii U game. Fans can interact with the show using a series of hashtags including #VGXNINTENDO for the Fils-Aime segment and #VGXTOMBRAIDER for the Tomb Raider announcement. Fans can ask questions of Remedy’s Oskari Hakkien using #VGXQUANTUMBREAK, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer using #VGXBROKENAGE and Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella using #VGXTITANFALL.
According to Casey Patterson, an executive vice president at Viacom Entertainment Group, the switch to VGX was due to consumer demand, as gamers wanted to see new content and debuts rather than the traditional variety program that accompanies a traditional awards show. "We are stripping away anything that takes time away from world premieres and interviews with the community of game developers that the fans want to hear from," said Patterson in a statement. VGX will be a three-hour show and features no commercial breaks. A full breakdown of what to expect from the show can be found at the VGX homepage.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.