Games Meet Metal: The 2011 Video Game Awards Live Blog!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The 2011 Video Game Awards Live Blog!

.Oh God, the VGA's. I watched last year's edition and practically died of boredom. The only thing that saved the show were the world premiere trailers they ran in between their meaningless awards. Well, they're doing it again, and I just happen to have Saturday night off. My pain is now truly your gain

We're gonna start with the online pre-show special, which will have a few awards and a reveal or two.

Talking with the host of the show, the star of Chuck, Blah blah ass kiss ass kiss.

New trailer for Hitman: Absolution playing. All CGI, but pretty cool looking. No release date.

Mortal Kombat reboot gets Best Fighting Game award.

Cliffy B up for a chat. He's looking casual, and his date dressed for the Grammies.

Oh God, these pre-show hosts are horrible. Nothing but talking heads reading cue cards.

Going through the best shooter nominees. Rage got nominated? That thing was a disappointment!

Ellen McClain wins award for Bets Female Voice in a game for GlaDos for Portal 2. Hey, a good choice!

Bethesda's head schmo is up to plug his stuff.

Now the Arkham Asylum guys are showing the self love. Ugh, this is hard to sit through. Doesn't make me hopeful for the show.

Oh great, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is coming back in HD. Hopefully it doesn't have it's own goofy skateboard controller. Oh, download only. No board!

Bastion gets Best Downloadable Game, Best Score, and Best Song From a Game.

Going over the Game of the Year nominees.

Geoff Keighley plugging the CES coverage.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 announced. I thought Namco was working on Tekken X Street Fighter.

Show starts proper now.

For the record, Deadmau5 is doing the in-house music. Kind of a step down for him. On the flipside, I'd love to see his paycheck.

Okay, opening speech is running way too damn long.

A live tea bagging. Truly, the pinnacle of comedy.

Hyping Portal 2's GOTY nomination.

Why the hell is Will.i.am on this show? Oh, he's world premiering something.

The Last of Us world premiere. Kinda looks like I Am Legend in video game form.

Arkham City gets Best Action Adventure, Bets 360 Game, and Best Adapted. Zelda shoulda won the first one.

Joker gets Character of the Year treatment.

LL Cool J? He still gets work?

Mass Effect 3 gets Most Anticipated Game, and a SWANK new trailer!!!

Another premiere, with Bioware's Command and Conquer Generals 2.

A Jonas brother? Really?

Now Nathan Drake gets the Character of the Year push.

Now the Rainbow 6: Patriots premiere. Yeesh, these trailers are hella short.

NFL Blitz cover athlete selection. Why bother? It's a downloadable game!

Skyrim pimping for GOTY.

The Workaholics from Comedy Central debuting the Alan Wake sequel. Now it's called Alan Wake's American Nightmare.

Seth Green inducting Zelda into the Hall of Fame.

Hey, it's Shigeru Miyamoto!! SWEET!! He kept it short, since his English isn't the greatest.

Character of the Year treatment for Wheatley from Portal 2.

Uncharted 3 pimping for GOTY.

Tony Hawk throwing out the new Spiderman trailer. Hey, it actually looks good! Probably because it isn't based off a movie.

Oh, Hogan. Joy. Now they start rattling of a shit ton of awards. Uncharted 3 gets best graphics. Zelda got best motion controls. Minecraft got best independent. Portal 2 gets a bunch of awards. Too damn many to list, actually.

Character of the Year dealio for Marcus Fenix.

Black Keys performance. Not too shabby, actually. If Shigeru can bop along to them, then they're not all that bad.

Now they're showing some Youtuber and his rant on last year's show. Um, point? Oh, there was no point.

Hey, Stacy Kiebler. Nice to see the legs held up.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron trailer premiere. Like to know what song they're using.

GOTY pimp time for Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Charlie Sheen! Damn, he's looking scrawnier every time I see him. Losing.

Call of Duty wins Best Shooter. Not exactly a shock.

Jerry Rice announces the Blitz cover. Yay.

Cliffy B's out to show their new IP. Called Fortnite. Looks like a Minecraft clone with cartoony graphics and an emphasis on reverse engineering.

Jason Biggs and Sean William Scott out to give the Game God award to Blizzard.

Intro cinema for Diablo 3. Pretty impressive.

Felicia Day and Bioshock time. Nice short trailer, but I'm noticing a trend here. Not a soul is announcing any release dates.

2 UFC guys who just beat the shit out of each other are out to give the Character of the Year award. That must be awkward. And the Joker wins.

Game of the Year time, and Skyrim gets the nod. Really was hoping Zelda would win.

Kojima time! Metal Gear Rising time as well! Trailer already leaked, but it is nice to hear the official word.

And... that's it! A mild improvement over last year's show. The awards still mean nothing, and it doesn't look like they will in the future either. As far as the trailers go, Mass Effect 3 and Metal Gear Rising were the best to me, mainly because they showed the most gameplay. Spiderman looked better I thought. I was really hoping more from the Bioshock Infinite trailer. Everything else was just small announcements to say, "Hey, this is coming out eventually!", and not giving any real release dates. It wasn't like last year, where Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 each got dates. Just more of a continuous tease.

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