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Kojima: VGAs may become the new E3 for game announcements

This year's Spike Video Game Awards were arguably just as notable (if not more so) for the new content shown off as for the awards themselves. The show was an invaluable platform for Hideo Kojima, in particular, who in one evening turned Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance from a quietly-cancelled problem-project into one of the most-anticipated titles of next year. Kojima thinks the show's a perfect medium for game reveals: in fact, the MGS dev thinks the VGAs could soon replace E3 as a venue for game announcements.

“From next year on, announcing new title[s] at VGA may become a trend, rather than announcing at E3,” tweeted Kojima today. The suggestion makes sense: E3's unlikely to disappear as the venue for announcing new hardware to press and retailers, but an occasion dedicated to celebrating games' creative entertainment potential would seem like a much better way for developers to speak directly to players. We'd hate to see games' long-standing love-hate relationship with the event come to an end, but it'll be interesting to see if Kojima's speculations are borne out in the coming years. How would you feel about such a shift?

9 comments

  • Chronicus_Pr1me - December 13, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    I agree with Joker34. I only watched the VGAs this year to see the announcements where were by far the best thing about them this year.
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 13, 2011 4:52 p.m.

    It goes without saying that the VGAs are awful, especially this year, but last year had amazing reveals. I can see how many developers want to avoid the hustle every other company is in around that time, but if everyone starts doing it, it's no different than E3's crowd, just worse. As a side note, it's becoming more and more obvious that "Revengeance" will be terrible. Doesn't anybody else see it?
  • NathanXplosion - December 13, 2011 4:41 p.m.

    I think its already happened. A big complaint about this years E3 was that there were almost no new games announced at the press conferences, just a lot of updated looks at known quantities. I think the big hardware and first party games will still be saved for E3, but big third party franchise announcements will start going to the VGAs.
  • Viklandian - December 13, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    The only real reason the VGAs have prominence is because of when they're on - early December, just after the November rush (i.e. when every game possible is released). Ergo, it gets the ball rolling for the new year. A second E3 in the same slot would be excessive, simply because there still isn't the wealth of information for release after Gameageddon.
  • lilspooky - December 13, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    REALLY??? Does any gamer take the VGAs seriously, i think not!
  • RedHarlow - December 13, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    The VGAs are based on popularity more than they are actual merit. PC games get shafted, and they mix in some C-List celebrities for good measure.
  • tiben36 - December 13, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    AW MAN! come on koji! cheer up! sure you spilled spaggettis everywhere, but its not your fault. forget about it btw, im not watching the VGAs ever again, worst videogame related event in the year (after ms at E3 and codcon)
  • therawski - December 13, 2011 3:52 p.m.

    I heard that Spike's VGA's were really terrible, like an insult to the gaming industry and community. Hopefully this isn't what we are looking forward to. Maybe a real gaming entity should be doing this, or something new that isn't about pleasing shareholders of unrelated products. Maybe have Chris Antista host.
  • thejoker34 - December 13, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    okay. Dvr'd this one and just skipped through the actual show to watch the trailers anyways

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