Samuel L. Jackson has once again been tapped to host this year’s Spike “Video Game Awards” show, and we couldn’t be more excited. Just the very idea that we might get a chance to hear Jackson use words like “motherf**ker” and “b**ch” in person are enough to get us all hot and bothered.
That’s right, team Destructoid will be on hand next week, when the awards tape on December 7 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Riding on our coattails will be the likes of Criss Angel, Tia Carrere, Tony Hawk, and Dave Navarro. The show will air Sunday night, December 9 (9:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT).
Oh, so what does this have to do with videogames? Right, I thought you wouldn’t ask. Spike are promising world premieres of trailers for Borderlands, Grand Turismo 5 Prologue, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2, TNA iMPACT!, as well as a first look at the new Halo 3 DLC maps. Video Games Live will make its television debut, and we’ve already got our “We love you Tommy Tallarico!” signs printed up and ready to go.
Hit the jump for the press release, which seems to overlook the mess that we’re going to make. Prepare yourselves.
New York, NY, November 29, 2007 – Spike TV has tapped Samuel L. Jackson, one of Hollywood’s most dynamic movie stars and a familiar face to the “Video Game Awards,” as host of the franchises 5th annual extravaganza. This marks the third straight year with Jackson at the helm. Spike TV’s 2007 “Video Game Awards” tapes Friday, December 7 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will premiere Sunday, December 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
This year, viewers will be privy to mind blowing, never-before-seen world premieres of some of the most anticipated releases to date. Borderlands (2K), Gran Turismo™ 5 Prologue (Sony Computer Entertainment America), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (Ubisoft) and TNA iMPACT! (Midway) will all be unveiled. The night will also feature a first look at the new DLC Halo 3 Maps from Microsoft Game Studios.
Talent includes some of the industry’s hottest celebrities, sports stars, comedians and a bevy of sexy women. The night will feature award presentations and appearances by magician Criss Angel, “TNA” wrestling stars Kurt and Karen Angle, actress Tia Carrere, “Chuck” stars Joshua Gomez and Zachary Levi, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, former NFL star Rocket Ismail, UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Ultimate Fighter 1” champ Forrest Griffin, legendary boxing promoter Don King, MTV reality couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, NFL quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart, rock star Dave Navarro, “Jackass” Steve-O, comedian Patton Oswalt, comedian and Comedy Central star Brian Posehn, MTV’s Tila Tequila, actor Anton Yelchin and many more will be announced shortly. In addition, the world’s leading video game concert series, Video Games Live, will make their national television debut.
The official sponsors of Spike TV’s 2007 “Video Game Awards” are Burger King®, GameStop™, Mountain Dew, Stride® Gum, Tag™, U.S. Air Force and Verizon Wireless.
Spike TV will launch a “Video Game Awards” mobile channel cross carrier on December 3rd. The mobile “VGA” winners will be announced on the red carpet at the event and will air on Spike mobile beginning December 10th and run all week.
Nominees for Spike TV’s 2007 “Video Game Awards” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the most well-respected experts in the industry who, for the first time in history, will also determine the show’s winners. Games released between November 16, 2006 and December 1, 2007 were eligible for nomination. Fan voting, however, will not be left out as the winner in the Most Addictive Game category will be solely determined by the fans. To vote for this award, go to www.vga.spiketv.com – through Saturday, December 8.
Spike TV’s 2007 “Video Game Awards” pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the industry. The awards also provide a glimpse at the future of gaming, including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the most anticipated games of 2007 and beyond.
Albie Hecht, Oscar®-nominated producer and co-creator of the “Kids’ Choice” and “Video Game Awards,” and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production & talent development for Spike TV will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2007 “Video Game Awards.” Greg Sills is supervising producer, Alicia Portugal is producer and Scott Fishman is executive in charge of production.
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.