Put down your controllers and pick up the remote, because VGA 10 is live next Friday
, December 7th on Spike.
The evening will feature live performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D, as well as featuring every big name from Hollywood and the video game industry. Three-time host Samuel L. Jackson
– NICK FURY HIMSELF - will be returning to host. With an experienced hand at the helm, it's sure to be a memorable night full of surprises.
To wet your appetite, here are some highlights from recent years.
Mr. Miyamoto accepts Hall of Fame award for "The Legend of Zelda."
The video game designer who created Donkey Kong, Mario, Star Fox, and a slew of other legendary franchises was inducted into the VGA Hall of Fame last year for the Legend of Zelda series and its contributions to gaming and gamer culture.
Zachary Levi Speaks Out Against Online Douchebags
Gamers can be a great bunch, but unfortunately there's a very homophobic, racist, and sexist component to it. Last year's host, Zachary Levi, produced this very special message for those who would seek to exclude others from our community.
Spike TV vs. The Black Baron
Also from last year's show – online "blogger" The Black Baron let his feelings be known about the VGAs and got an invite to the 2011 ceremony. There he sat across from a Spike executive and got to voice his opinion on national television…with mixed results.
Skyrim takes home the Vector Monkey for the VGA Game of the Year
In what some considered an upset, "Elder Schools V: Skyrim" beat out favorites such as "Batman: Arkham City" and "Portal 2" to take home the Vector Monkey for Video Game of the Year at last year's awards.
Neil Patrick Harris Loses It at the 2008 Awards
Younger fans of "How I Met Your Mother" may not know or remember that one if its stars, Neil Patrick Harris, first gained fame as the lead in a ludicrous dramedy about a brilliant young teenager who becomes a medical doctor. When he hosted the VGAs in 2008, Neil had experienced a career resurgence through the show and a cult following in the geek community for "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog."
Yet for as much as Neil Patrick Harris embraces his own geekiness, there are still some fans who he thinks are a bit too enthusiastic in their fandom. Particularly when it comes to calling him "Doogie." Do not call him Doogie.
Funny, I always thought that if anyone from that show was going to drop a gun on someone, it would have been the kid who played Vinny.
For gamers, it doesn't really get any bigger than this, people. As you all already know, the VGAs will recognize the best and brightest games of the year and unveil exclusive world premieres of some of the most anticipated upcoming titles the industry has to offer. The show premieres LIVE, coast-to-coast on Friday, December 7 at 9/8c only on Spike and Spike.com.