Hello All. Welcome to my blog. This is a new experience for me, writing a blog. Thanks for taking the time to read over my thoughts, and for any comments or criticisms you may have. I’ll be using this blog to write my thoughts on the games I play, the shows I love, and basically anything media related that I find worth writing about.
As I was trying to think up a good first topic for itypeyoulisten, I was on www.ign.com watching clips from 2015’s Video Game Awards. I tuned in in the first place to see if Greg Miller, from Kinda Funny fame, would win the Trending Gamer Award (he did, well deserved). It was while watching these clips that my first topic became very clear to me- Why I love the video games industry.
The first video I saw was the host of the VGAs, Geoff Keighley, explaining why Hideo Kojima, the director and creator of the Metal Gear Solid series, wasn’t able to attend the awards show. According to him, one of Konami’s (the publisher that owns Metal Gear Solid) lawyers contacted Kojima to inform him that he would not be able to attend the show.
Most gamers know that shortly before the release of the critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, problems between Kojima and Konami started to become apparent. Not many details are known, but it’s generally believed that Konami forced Kojima out due to the scale and cost of his recent project(s). Whether that’s the truth, or whether Kojima is secretly a nightmare to work with, I just don’t know. However, Konami certainly hasn’t been portraying themselves as the innocent victim, and tonight’s events at the VGAs is only the most recent example.
Most of this is old news. The reason I bring up Konami and Kojima in this post is because of the response from the crowd after Keighley’s announcement. You could hear a massive “Boooooo!” erupt from the crowd, and the response on Twitter was just as potent. This is one of the reasons I love the industry- Gamers’ willingness to back up and support a man they admire, who is seemingly being treated very unfairly by the company that he has worked for since 1986. Nothing gets passed the fans, and you better believe that they will tell you how they feel without pulling any punches.
The next clip I saw was a touching tribute to Nintendo’s late President, Satoru Iwata. Mr. Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to medical complications, and his passing was felt throughout the industry. We were reminded of the hard work and contributions he gave to Nintendo, and the amazing passion he poured into each of the projects that he oversaw. At the awards show, Reggie Fils-Aime took to the stage to reiterate how special this man was, and how he affected the company he ran and the people who worked for him. It was a beautiful moment, and as the camera panned across the audience, you could see tears in the eyes of fans whose lives have been changed by a man they have never met, but will always have respect for. This was the most special part of the show in my opinion.
Which brings me to the last great moment of the show, Greg Miller winning the Trending Gamer Award. Him winning isn’t exactly the special part, although as a big fan of his, I’m very happy for him. No, the special part was his heartfelt speech thanking the invisible faces behind all of the games we love. Without them, none of us who call ourselves gamers would be where we are today. As Greg points out in his speech, making games is a long, grueling, and sometimes punishing process. Sure, we give games credit when they’re great, but rarely do the all of those people who helped make the game great get even a fraction of the credit that they’re due. Greg got massive cool points for that speech, and they’re well deserved.
There you have it, three reasons why I loved the 2015 VGAs, and why I love the video game industry as a whole. I’ll never stop being amazed by the way this massive, multi billion dollar industry comes together in times of need or celebration, whether over an admired late industry icon like Iwata, the unfair treatment of a man that’s dazzled Metal Gear fans for nearly thirty years, or just to thank the people who made our games and made all of it possible.
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