VGA Hosts From The Past Decade, Zachary Levi, Neil Patrick Harris And Snoop Lion, Scheduled To Join Samuel L. Jackson And Jack Black At Spike TV’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards

November 29th, 2012 by gulatis

VGA HOSTS FROM THE PAST DECADE, ZACHARY LEVI, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND SNOOP LION, SCHEDULED TO JOIN SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND JACK BLACK AT

SPIKE TV’S 10th ANNUAL VIDEO GAME AWARDS

 

Spike TV and Entertainment Weekly Team Up to Create the First-Ever

Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” Award

Which Will Be Unveiled Live During the Show

 

 “VGA TEN” Will Air LIVE on Friday, December 7 on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT,

Simulcast on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and Live Stream on Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

 

New York, NY, November 29, 2012 – The biggest night in gaming just got bigger.  Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” (#VGA), the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games,  will feature appearances by returning hosts, Snoop Lion and Zachary Levi and a special video cameo from Neil Patrick Harris.  Presenters will include Jessica Alba, Marlon Wayans, Adam Scott and Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead,” among others.  Gustavo Santaolalla is scheduled for a live musical performance while Wolfgang Gartner will perform as the House DJ throughout the entire show.  “VGA TEN” will premiere LIVE from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV.  Additionally, the show will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

“This year’s ‘VGAs’ is a kick-ass show,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer. “It’s our 10th anniversary, and it’s Chock Full O’Talent.  I literally cannot wait!”

Spike TV and Entertainment Weekly have partnered to create the first-ever “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” award.  The EW staff revealed the nominees in its “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Top Ten Games of the Decade” feature which is featured on EW.com and in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.  Starting today, fans can vote for their favorite game on EW.com/VGA and the winner will be unveiled live during the awards show on December 7.

Nominees for “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” include “Batman: Arkham City” (Warner Bros. Interactive), “BioShock” (2K Games), “Half-Life 2” (Valve), “Mass Effect 2” (Electronic Arts), “Portal” (Valve), “Red Dead Redemption” (Rockstar Games), “Shadow of the Colossus” (Sony Computer Entertainment), “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker” (Nintendo), “Wii Sports” (Nintendo) and “World of Warcraft” (Blizzard Entertainment).

“VGA TEN” will also feature highly anticipated world premieres from “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2” (Konami), “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games), “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix), “Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington” (Ubisoft), “Halo 4: Spartan Ops” (Microsoft Studios) and more.

Previously announced talent includes host Samuel L. Jackson and musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D.  Game exclusives previously announced include Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment” and Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

Spike TV and Microsoft have also teamed up to broadcast the 2012 Video Game Awards to Xbox LIVE users in the United States and additional countries this December.  Airing alongside the live broadcast, the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live through the U.S. Xbox LIVE stream.  The Xbox LIVE audience will see responses to poll questions being tabulated in real time on screen and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates live alongside the show content.

House DJ, Wolfgang Gartner, will release a new single during the week of the VGAs on Ultra Records, called “Wolfgang Gartner & Tom Staar – Evil Lurks.” Gartner also launches the beginning of his radio show, “Kindergarten Radio,” next week on the “Evolution” station on I Heart Radio.  “Kindergarten Radio” will air every Wednesday, 9PM-11PM EST.

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”

The on-air sponsors for “VGA TEN” are Chevrolet, Dr Pepper TEN, GameStop, Toshiba Laptops and KFC, while Dr Pepper TEN, Turtle Beach, Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher,” and Relativity Media’s “Movie 43” will serve as the show’s digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                   Claire Delacruz
212.767.3952                                                                   310.907.2379
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      claire.delacruz@spiketv.com

Video Game Awards 2012

November 15th, 2012 by faziod

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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 10th Annual Video Game Awards

November 15th, 2012 by faziod

 

 

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 10th ANNUAL VIDEO GAME AWARDS

 “VGA TEN” TO STREAM ON XBOX LIVE WITH GROUNDBREAKING NEW INTERACTIVITY

MARK BURNETT PRODUCED SHOW TO FEATURE HOST SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY LINKIN PARK AND TENACIOUS D

 

Interactive Multiplatform Event Includes Exclusive World Premieres Of Highly Anticipated Titles Including “The Last Of Us,” “Gears Of War: Judgment,” and  “South Park: The Stick of Truth”

 Complete List of Nominees Announced, with “Borderlands 2,” “Halo 4” 

and “Journey” Leading the Way with Seven Nominations Each

  “VGA TEN” Will Air LIVE on Friday, December 7 on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT,

Simulcast on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and Live Stream on Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

New York, NY, November 15, 2012 – Spike TV today announced the nominees of “VGA TEN” (#VGA) – the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games.  “VGA TEN,” hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, will feature exclusive world premieres as well as musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D.  The interactive multiplatform special will premiere LIVE from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV.  Additionally, “VGA TEN” will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Spike TV and Microsoft also unveiled plans to broadcast the 2012 Video Game Awards to Xbox LIVE users in multiple countries this December.  Fans will be able to view the “VGA’s” on Xbox consoles in the United States and additional countries to be confirmed at a later date.* The show will also be streamed internationally on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Airing alongside the tenth anniversary television broadcast, the U.S. Xbox LIVE stream of the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live in Los Angeles.  Responses to poll questions will be tabulated in real time on screen for the Xbox LIVE audience and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates in real time alongside the show content.

“This unprecedented partnership with Xbox will make ‘VGA TEN’ the biggest worldwide gaming event ever; we’re thrilled to be the first awards show presented on Xbox where our fans play every day,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of the “VGAs” and Executive Vice President of Production for Entertainment Group.  “There is no more innovative producer than Mark Burnett to engage the fans on a whole new level in our big anniversary year.”

“I am blown away by how cool Xbox LIVE is. It brings the ‘VGAs’ to gamers in a completely new and innovative way,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the Video Game Awards.  “Now viewers will not only watch the show but actually interact with it and our host Samuel L. Jackson in real time like a video game, creating a 360 degree conversation between the ‘VGAs’ and all of the fans watching at the same time.  And the only thing cooler than Xbox is Samuel L. Jackson.”

“Xbox makes your entertainment more amazing, and we can’t wait to team up with Viacom and Mark Burnett to make the VGAs the first-ever interactive TV awards show to be broadcast on Xbox LIVE,” said Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft.  “Our teams are working together to create a groundbreaking interactive TV experience that will turn VGA viewers into VGA participants.”

Also revealed today, Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park will perform a show-stopping rendition of “Castle of Glass,” from their album “Living Things.”  “Castle of Glass” is also nominated for “Best Song in a Game” for EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”  Tenacious D will also return to the VGAs with a live performance of “Rize of the Fenix.”  This will mark the band’s second VGA performance to date.

Exclusive world premieres debuting at “VGA TEN” include Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,”  Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment” and Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” with additional exclusive World Premieres to be announced in the weeks to come. “You will freak out at this year’s short films,” said Burnett, who then added, “Can you say, ‘Sam Jackson Mode?’”

Leading “VGA TEN,” with seven nominations each are “Borderlands 2″ (2K Games/Gearbox Software), “Halo 4″ (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries) and “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany).  Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III,” is not far behind with six nominations while Bethesda Softworks’ “Dishonored,” EA’s “Mass Effect 3,” and  Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead: The Game” all have five nominations each.

Nominees for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

Game of the Year

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  • “Mass Effect 3” (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  • “The Walking Dead: The Game” (Telltale Games)

 

Best Action Adventure Game

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Darksiders II” (THQ/Vigil Games)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Sleeping Dogs” (Square Enix/United Front Games)

Best Shooter

  • “Borderlands 2” (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” (Activision/Treyarch)
  • “Halo 4” (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • “Max Payne 3” (Rockstar Games)

Studio of the Year

  • 343 Industries
  • Arkane Studios
  • Gearbox Software
  • Telltale Games

Most Anticipated Game

  • “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games)
  • “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games)
  • “South Park: The Stick of Truth” (THQ/Obsidian Entertainment)
  • “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog)
  • “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:

Aileen Budow                                                                   Claire Delacruz
212.767.3952                                                                   310.907.2379
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      claire.delacruz@spiketv.com

Ryan Luckin
425-704-7222
rluckin@microsoft.com

Video Game Awards 2011

November 3rd, 2011 by gulatis