I normally don’t like the VGA shows. I would only watch for the trailers, but the “BroDude, guy humor” usually leaves me wanting to gag. In the format of the show was a great idea. Save the music at the end (I am a huge fan of MC Eiht and his work), I thought the idea of actually interviewing developers and talking about upcoming work was great. If the show had more of that, mix games coming soon and the ones they covered that are coming later in 2014, it would have been amazing.
But there is McHale. I like him Community. That’s about it. His attitude was so negative and insulting (to the viewer and especially the developers), it made the show drag. It felt like he was trying to be as edgy as he could, no it felt like he didn’t care. That’s a huge problem. Videogames already get a bad rap in the mainstream press. You want to add humor to the show, that’s great. You can having someone who makes jokes and appear to have fun being there. McHale acted like he lost a bet or was court ordered to show up. It’s like having me host the Dog Show that comes on Thanksgiving morning. I have zero interest in that, why would I be there? What could I offer besides asking, “Why can’t you let that poor dog go and play with a bone?” It would make for bad TV and that’s what happened.
I hope they continue the format next year. However more developer talk, more premieres, and with a host that actually wants to be there and enjoy talking about games. With jokes insulting the fans, developers, and random people (McHale’s “edgy” “he/she/he-she” joke for one). Let’s have music that I can have my son in the room and be with me. Not that he could be around McHale’s banter too much in general, but that last 20 odd minutes felt like a commercial of a GTAV soundtrack. How about celebrating ALL the great music from the games from this year?
I can’t believe I thought I’d say I’d enjoy a VGA/VGX/Spike TV production. But I did. Save those problems, it would have been a great show. Too bad the problems were THAT big and lasted for the whole show.