The Oscar noms were announced today. Pretty predictable stuff all around, minus the nomination of John Hawkes (which is an awesome notion). Oddly Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) got a nod too. I honestly didn’t know he was in anything this year. But the guy’s got the chops, so I’m okay with it. I’ll admit, sadly, that I’ve only seen Black Swan so far this year out of all ten nominations. Yep, I haven't even seen inception. I've been busy getting married... and other... things. Something tells me with everything going on over the next few months in work and IRL, I won’t be seeing True Grit or The King’s Speech (though I wish I already had).
But this whole Oscar stuff got me thinking… when is gaming going to get beyond the rather ridiculous Spike Awards and try something a little more prestigious? The GDC Awards are pretty much the closest thing the gaming industry has to the Oscars, yet they don’t seem to get enough coverage by the gaming media. Sites like ourselves give out awards based on player votes, and the Spike Awards take votes on nominated games as well. So I think there’s plenty of player-represented picks out there.
There’s just not enough attention on what the industry insiders themselves think is exemplary in their field any given year. GDC is right around the corner. We’ll be there covering the event. I’m sure most gaming sites will. And while I know that recognition isn’t the goal of game developers, like film the hundreds and thousands of people who make our precious entertainment pieces deserve a little more props.