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Oscar Season for Games?

Posted by BillMurphy Tuesday January 25 2011 at 8:56PM
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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.

darkman writes:

There is 1 and frankly it's pretty well known, the AIAS awards.


Those are the finalists this year.

Wed Jan 26 2011 1:45PM Report
BillMurphy writes:

Oh that's definitely up there too.  But I'm more referring to how, and I know I wasn't that clear, when we finally do get a televised award show... it comes out like the Spike Awards.  I'd rather our televised event be more prestigious and less "let's make it have rock musice and stuff because all gamers love loud brash things!".   AIAS is a good example too.  But you never here about it much outside of the hardcore folks who may be interested in it.

Wed Jan 26 2011 6:42PM Report
MegaMouth writes:

Hi Bill, the Interactive Achievement Awards, now in their 14th year, are the industry's version of the Oscars. They have also been televised for the past couple of years on IFC -

The IAAs are covered by international media, and are considered by the game development community as the most prestigious and legitimate awards in the industry. They are voted upon by peer panels like the Oscars. Most other awards like Spoke tend to be popularity contests and an opportunity to put celebrities that like games in the same room with marketers.

You should support the IAAs by learning more about them and covering them. There is an RPG/MMO category after all and it seems to fit what you're looking for in your post.

Wed Jan 26 2011 7:30PM Report
Death1942 writes:

From what i have learnt from numerous devs over the years is that its very much a pat yourself on the back sort of industry.  Most praise is kept inside and many devs have a healthy relationship between devs in other studios.  The praise they get from their collegues is enough to get by.

The way i see it, games don't need a big fancy attention seeking event like Film does because devs aren't the faces of game and their characters can't exactly jump out of the screen to collect awards.


I think each individual country has its own set of awards (British games can even earn Bafta's for memory) and thats about all they need really.

Wed Jan 26 2011 7:43PM Report
Jimmy562 writes:

I wouldn't be surprised in years to come if they do. It is one of the fastest growing industries today and will very soon take over the movie industry.

Only a matter of time in my opinion.

Wed Jan 26 2011 9:30PM Report writes:
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