Video Games Awards Shows a Changing Medium - Page 2
A Show with-in a Show
So amongst the stereotypical nerd jokes, F-bombs, and 300 head shots the VGAs had a bi-polar moment. The video game world premieres were so out of place from the rest of the show it seamed as if someone said, "We need to class this thing up." "You're right work in an orchestra somehow." The premiere for Tomb Raider, among others, was so beautifully put together you might have thought you flipped channels by mistake. There was a full orchestra, led by Grammy Award winning Jason Graves, which played the scores as the cinematic game play was on the screen. Final editing in of choice cut scenes and dialogue and the artfully done final presentation were worthy of the Oscars. They were showcasing video games as a stunningly beautiful medium seemingly forgotten in the rest of the show. The premieres portrayed video games as a grownup form of entertainment. I would even bet a dime grandma might have mistaken it as a movie trailer and not one of those fandangled video games. The presentation made you proud to play video games and sent a message to the world that video games are Art and a truly awesome way of story telling.
We Aren't 12 Any More!
I'm not saying that the VGAs need to be the Oscars but it would be nice if it was more like the Oscars and less like the MTV VMAs. I understand that the mainstream media might not understand that the majority of gamers are no longer 12 but into their 30s but old stereotypes are hard to break I guess. The video game industry really should work on stopping the media's pushing that video games are boats in a sea of teenage boys when it has truly advanced beyond that terrible stereotype. Video games are evolving quickly and the next generation of consoles only points to a bright future of gaming as a highly respected form of entertainment. For now we have to wade through those awkward teenage years until video games fully mature and realize they are a great way to entertain beyond just dropping F-bombs and head shots.