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Errol James aka Errol Games. I'm a aspiring Gaming Journalist. www.ErroLGames.com www.BasedBible.com. I work hard.
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The 2010 Video Game Awards aired on Spike TV earlier, and I'll be the first to say they SUCKED. I would feel bad for the audience, but at least they get gift bags for attending the show. Here's exactly why Spike TV's VGA awards sucked

It was on Spike TV.
Spike TV is marketed as the first network for men. The VGA's makes sense to be hosted on the Spike TV since the majority of gamers are men. The problem is the VGA's emphasized that this award show was for men. The host, Neil Patrick Harris, is a homosexual, but this award show is for straight men with no girlfriends. That probably explains why most of the presenters were women. No problem with that, but the women that presented reminded me of the women you see at conventions. They are good looking, dressed in nice outfits that show a bunch of cleavage, and give off the image I'm the girlfriend you cant have. Most of the gamer friends I know use videogames as a way to tune out their girlfriends, so stop it already with the oversexed women. I'm not saying women can't be sexy in the gaming industry. I'm just saying it's not necessary to make the sexiness of a women the point as to why they're presenting an award at the VGA's

It's a 2 hour commercial.
Is it me or did the VGA's feel like one long commercial? For every game nominated for Game of the Year we had to sit through long trailers of games that have been available for a majority of the year. I understand it's the holiday season and an outlet like the Video Game Awards is great promotion, but I'm sure gamers have already had Black Ops and Mass Effect 2 on their Christmas list.

The Gaming Industry has no personality.
My favorite part of the VGA's was the part with TMZ reporting stories. The problem I had with it was they were reporting about characters I can control with my joystick. They aren't real people, which makes me question why the gaming industry doesn't have real people to represent it. I'd rather know what a member of the Frag Dolls or even Jim Sterling is up to instead of Kratos and Ezio. It's not right with all of the blogs out there to have the people representing it be white males that dress like they're in an Apple commercial. Why can't I host the VGA's?

The Timing of the Award Show is off.
I get that the awards show is an outlet to promote upcoming games for the following year, but December isn't the right time. Sure it's the best time to give out Game of the Year Awards, but the trailers should just stay on the Internet where they belong. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by the Forza 3 announcement, but everything else was leaked before the show. I knew about Unchared 3, SSX, and many others before the fact. That's no cool. The awards show should come the week of E3 and be held in the same place as the convention. That way there's a bigger audience, more upcoming game announcements, and better performers. Past E3's have seen Eminem, Jay-Z, Method Man & Redman, and others perform.

After watching this mess it makes me wonder how the gaming industry sees it's consumers. It's clear there's a gap in front of gamers and the industry itself. Sure the gaming industry knows how to keep us entertained, but does it know how to represent us? Watching this show I don't think it does. Black Ops proved the gaming industry is bigger than the movie industry, but what good is that if nobody can represent it? The gaming industry needs more people out there representing it.
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West Coast Hip Hop group Cypress Hill is making headlines today. Michael "Shagg" Washington, a back up rapper for the group is suing Rockstar and Take Two over Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a videogame released in 2004. Shagg is mad because he feels Rockstar used his image to create the main character Carl Johnson. He is seeking $250 million dollars in damages. Michael "Shagg" Washington gtfoh.

Aren't you Hispanic? When I think of Cypress Hill I think of how they broke barriers for being the first Hispanic group with a platinum album. I don't think of Carl Johnson, a member of the all African American Grove Street Family. Maybe I missed something and you are in fact African American.

What's this nonsense about teenaged bicycle gangs? You're probably referring to one of the early moments in the game where CJ and friends are running away from a rival gang on bicycles. The Grove Street Family is more serious than teenagers on bikes. If you look at the cover of San Andreas you can find members of the Grove Street Family in a car doing a drive by. That's a bit more than the stories you shared with Rockstar about your teenage days. I hope you've got some new music to go along with the lawsuit.

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ErrolGames
9:11 PM on 12.02.2010



Dear Atomic Games,
Six Days in Fallujah should never be released. Western publishers left this game alone for a reason. You not only insult the Troops. You spit in the face of thousands of Iraqis who either died, or live to see the aftermath. Birth defects, cancer, and pollution. How does that sound for a life? You want to fight a war in Iraq. Join the military.

Don't Ask Don't Tell,
Errol James
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