What to expect on tonight’s Spike VGAs

Spike’s spikevga_630annual video game awards sometimes take a beating from core gamers in forums and chatrooms, but that hasn’t stopped the event from evolving into one of the biggest gaming events of the year. And, for gamers, it often brings an early Christmas present.

Each year, the show offers major game announcements — as well as recognition of some of the year’s best games. This year’s broadcast is scheduled to air live Friday night at 9pm ET (and will be rebroadcast several times over the days to come). Here’s a look at what to expect.

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Mark Hamill upset with treatment at the VGAs

While there’s no pleasing all of the people all of the time, by most accounts this year’s Video Game Awards on Spike TV were an improvement over previous installments, with several big new game reveals, developers actually making it on stage to accept their awards, and obvious sponsor pimping (like the “Most Addictive Game Fueled by Mountain Dew” from last year) jettisoned.

But for Mark Hamill, they were still pretty crummy.

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Analysis: Are Spike TV’s VGAs Good For Gaming?

[Analyzing the weekend’s Spike TV Video Game Awards, Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris reveals this year’s dwindling ratings for the show — despite “minimal signs of improvement” in quality and diversity.]

It wouldn’t be the holidays if the gaming world wasn’t in an uproar about U.S. cable channel Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. For the eighth consecutive year, the network has raised the ire of industry gadflys and gamers, who feel the show does more to set back video games than celebrate them.

Ratings for the VGAs are never spectacular. This year’s installment, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, attracted 627,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. That’s 20,000 fewer than last year and marks the fourth consecutive year of declines. Since 2007, ratings for the show have fallen 32 percent.

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How did Spike’s VGAs do ratings-wise?

The annual Video Game Awards show in Spike TV is always a divisive event in the gaming community. While publishers enjoy the publicity of a glitzy television extravaganza, gamers tend to grind their teeth in rage, upset with how the show presents the industry.

This year’s show – broadcast Saturday the 11th – boasted Neil Patrick Harris as host and some solid choices for winners. (“Red Dead Redemption” took Game of the Year honors.) But was it able to attract an audience?

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