Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Game Awards 2016, Dishonored 2

The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony for video games that has been running from 2014. It's a kind of successor to the Spike Video Game Awards, which had started in 2003, and which had received an increasing amount of criticism for being little more than corporate advertisement of video games, among many other criticisms. The Game Awards was supposed to be a kind of fresh start, cutting out all the bullshit and concentrating solely on what the whole show is supposed to be about, ie. video games.

Yet, once again, commercialism and other such BS seems to have been raising its ugly head, in only three years. Critics point out how the first installment was ok, the second was already showing worrying trends, and now the third, most recent one, has pretty much succumbed to most of the same problems as its predecessor, being less about actual video game achievements and more about showmanship and ad-ridden propaganda.

I'm not going to go into all the details because I'm not versed enough, and there are plenty of articles and videos out there. Just wanted to bring one curious thing that some people noticed:

The game Dishonored 2 was published on November 11, 2016. The Game Awards 2016, where it got the award for Best Action/Adventure Game, was aired on December 1, 2016.

That's less than 3 weeks. That's an awfully, even suspiciously, short period of time, to grant a major award for a game.

Not making any accusations. Just finding it a bit curious.

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