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VGA TEN: “Journey” & “Borderlands 2″ Leading the Way


Spike TV today announced it nominees for its annual Video Game Awards show dubbed “VGA TEN” this year, celebrating it’s 10th year. Oly and I were honored to cover the event for you last year, and this year we are doing it again! The highly anticipated event is expected to draw a crowd of gaming fans from all over.

This year’s show will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, who’s recent appearance in last summer’s record breaking movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers” as Nick Fury is nothing short of awesome! He previously hosted the VGAs 3 times in 2005-2007.

“I’m thrilled to once again preside over the biggest night of gaming,” said Jackson. “And to all the gamers out there – you better circle the date right now and not make any plans that night – you don’t want to be that one guy among your friends who misses this show.”

This year’s confirmed musical talent will be Grammy award winning artists Linkin Park, performing “Castle of Glass” as featured in “Medal of Honor: Warfighter”, as well as a performance by Tenacious D.

Leading “VGA TEN,” with seven nominations each are “Borderlands 2″ and “Journey” 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.

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

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2012 Gran Turismo Award Winner Announced; Will Be in Future Title

For those of you who aren’t cool enough to follow racing and/or are fans of automotive culture, Polyphony digital hosts its Gran Turismo Awards ceremony at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Association) convention. Think of it as E3 for car guys.

This year, the winner was David Eckert’s Ford Mach Forty, named so because of it resembling the Mach 1 Mustang and being powered by components normally reserved for the GT40. Overall, there were 5 categories, of which, this car was also the winner of the Best Hot Rod category. Other finalists include:

  • Best European Import: 2013 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle (VWVortex.com 2013 Super Beetle Project)
  • Best Truck or SUV: Antron Brown’s Family Dragster Toyota Sequoia
  • Best Domestic Automobile: 2014 Ford Mustang GT RTR Spec 3
  • Best Asian Import: 2013 Scion FR-S Evasive Motorsport

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Event Coverage: Maxim And Rock The Vote Celebrate The Launch Of Assassin’s Creed 3


Note the official title of this event: Maxim and Rock The Vote Celebrate the launch of Assassin’s Creed 3. By the title you can just tell this is not dedicated towards who matters most, the fans that buy and support this series. As soon as I set foot in front of the venue, I knew that this event was more a “show” than a celebration. Just look at the red carpet photos and you can tell whoever organized this event wanted it to have some kind of hit summer movie, red carpet premiere vibe. Sure it had Movie and TV stars, but what does that have to do with Assassin’s Creed 3? I understand if it would have been the voice actors, however it was exactly the opposite. Most of the attendees were just your typical Hollywood club hoppers who were there for the free booze. I am all about complimentary drinks and open bar, however this was just ridiculous. The event was totally private and you had to be invited.

More and a gallery of pics after the jump!!
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Event Coverage: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal L.A. Beatdown


Sony Santa Monica Studios and SuperBot Entertainment together with iam8bit celebrated the upcoming title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal with a community event in Los Angeles. Dubbing it “LA beatdown” the event had a gallery showcasing “personal” items from some of the fighters. Items such as Sweet-Tooth’s Mask and Dynamite, Sackboy’s Cardboard rocket, and Heihachi’s hair gel (yes, hair gel).

Attendee’s were treated to complimentary drinks, a chance to speak with the developers, game play stations, and took photos in a photo booth with various props from the games characters. Among some of the notable attendees were former Capcom, now Sony Santa Monica studio’s lead game designer Seth Killian, as well as SuperBot Entertainment’s game director Omar Kendall and their president Chan Park.

I spoke with Seth Killian and he did confirm that the 20 characters are the only characters that will appear in the game. I tried grilling him about the final boss however he remained stoned face and said nothing. I was observing game play and one of the stages had Metal Gear Ray (Revengeance version), crashing through the background. (Where have I seen that before?)

I had a great time and it was finally nice to meet some of the Sony PR that I usually talk to through email. Special mentions goes out to my good friend Andrew costuming as Nathan Drake, Sarah as Kratos, and Heather as Sweeth-Tooth. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal will be available nationwide November 20, 2012.

Hit the jump for some exclusive pictures!
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