Spike TV tried rebranding its annual video game awards into the more respectable 'Spike VGX' on Saturday night, and the results were... disastrous according to various critics. While the awards themselves were considered solid choices, the ceremony proved awkward at best.
First up, the awards themselves and "Grand Theft Auto V" took the top award of 'Overall Game of the Year' along with a 'Best Soundtrack' honor. However, it was Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us" and "Bioshock Infinite" which both scored the most honors, nabbing three awards each, with Naughty Dog also taking award as best game studio of the year:
Overall Game of the Year: "Grand Theft Auto V"
Best PC Game: "Gone Home"
Best Nintendo Game: "Super Mario 3D World"
Best PlayStation Game: "The Last of Us"
Best Xbox Game: "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons"
Best Indie Game: "Gone Home"
Best Casual Game: "Animal Crossing: New Leaf"
Best Action/Adventure: "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag"
Best Sports Game: "NBA 2K14"
Best Shooter: "BioShock Infinite"
Best Driving Game: "Forza Motorsport 5"
Best RPG: "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch"
Best Fighting Game: "Injustice: Gods Among Us"
Best Mobile Game: "Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time"
Best Handheld Game: "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds"
Best DLC: "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon"
Best Voice Actor: Troy Baker as Joel ("The Last of Us")
Best Voice Actress: Ashley Johnson as Ellie ("The Last of Us")
Best Character: The Lutece Twins (BioShock Infinite")
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog ("The Last of Us")
Most Anticipated Game: "Titanfall"
Best Soundtrack: "Grand Theft Auto V"
Best Song: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" (BioShock Infinite)
Back to the show and comedian Joel McHale's hosting of the show was one of the few things commonly praised in reviews, mostly for his amusing skewering of the gaming industry's worst aspects. Otherwise though it was a three hour slog of awkward interviews and oddly cheap production values.
A six-minute "super cut" of the awards' cringeworthy moments can be seen below: