I am Daniel, a 21 year old from Manchester hoping to someday become a successful actor.
Interests: Food, Vidya gaems, films, acting, Breaking Bad, Poets of the Fall, Celldweller, Blue Stahli, The Yogscast, James Bond, Miracle of Sound, Concept Art and many other things with varying ranges of Epicosity.
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This will probably come as a video this week but I wanted to write it down here anyways.
Dear Geoff Keighly, Spike TV, Gameterailers.com, and the other people in charge of the VGA/VGX.
I want to tell you that I for one love you guys and love you for what you try to do. I’m personally very glad that there is a video games award show. Each year we all tune in hoping this year is the year you get it right.
2013 was certainly not the year you got it right. I’m sure you’re aware of that so I won’t bore you with the details.
A lot of people asked me on twitter last night “why do you watch if you know it will be bad?” My answer is simple: I want it to be good.
Which leads me to the point of this letter. Its pretty clear what we all want as a gaming audience and it seems to be about as far away from what you’re producing it almost seems like you’re being purposely obtuse. So I want to take a moment to spell it out to you here and now.
If you know me you probably also know that gaming is my life. It is my passion. Like Geoff Keighly I live, breath, drink, and think about video games. So do most of the people who play them. So do most of the people who create them.
We are core gamers. We are hardcore gamers. We buy high end PC’s. We buy xbox’s, 3ds’s, playstations, vitas, and phone games. We might play hobby games too in our spare time with our wives, our families, our friends.
We do not live in our parents basements. We are not virgins. Please… stop… with that shit.
We are kids. We are teenagers. We are adults. We have part time jobs, full time jobs, we have careers. Some of us play games in our spare time. Some of us sit in our homes pouring our hearts into indie game titles.
When you look at the lead designers at Naughty Dog what do you see? Do you see ‘nerds’? Do you see ‘virgins living in their mothers basements?’
I do not. I see rock stars. I see the Stephen Speilberg of the gaming industry.
What do you see when you see voice actors like Troy Baker, who played Joel in Last of us and Booker in Bioshock? Do you see a guy who is a ‘loser’? Someone who is ‘wasting his talents on gaming?’
I do not. I see Leonardo Dicaprio. I see Tom Hanks. I see a master craftsman.
What we want is very simple.
We want you to treat gaming with the love, kindness, seriousness, and respect that we treat it with. We want you to treat it with the the respect it deserves.
In a perfect world the VGA’s would play out less like a Mountain Dew commercial and a lot more like the oscars.
I’d love to see every person in the industry from as high up as the CEO’S of the companies that make these games and as low down as your favorite youtubers dressed in their best, applauding as each award is given out.
I’d love to see hosts who are there because they want to be. I want them to have ‘jokes’ that revolve not around making fun of the audience, but written to laugh WITH the audience. If you need help writing those jokes, please know I am for hire. Whoever wrote the jokes for the 2013 show should not be brought back. Send him back to Cartoon Network where he belongs.
I want to see the awards given out with honor and respect and the games treated like the pieces of art they are.
We’ll keep watching until you get this right, you know that. But the sooner the better.