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G-Phoria Awards Showcase Psychonauts Deal, Anna Nicole 40

Thanks to GameSpot for its article discussing G4TechTV's recently filmed 'G-Phoria' videogame awards show, due to be shown on August 6th, in which, according to the reporter, "Carmen Electra... and her rocker-husband Dave Navarro played it up as hosts of the second annual awards show, but in reality, the event was overshadowed by the first appearance of the final version of Doom 3 at the postshow party." IGN PS2 has more information on the winners, including "Ryu Hayabusa of Ninja Gaiden fame (Favorite Character), Tony Hawk's Underground (Alt Sports Award), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Best Innovation), and Viewtiful Joe (Best New Franchise). The ultimate award, Game of the Year, went to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic." GameSpot's article also reveals that "sources [at the awards] let on that Majesco had picked up Tim Schafer's Psychonauts and will publish the game in early 2005", and elsewhere, Anna Nicole Smith's cosplay attempts (Ivy from Soul Calibur II, Farah from Prince Of Persia) were another 'highlight'.
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G-Phoria Awards Showcase Psychonauts Deal, Anna Nicole

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  • by Jesterboy ( 106813 ) on Monday August 02, 2004 @07:32PM (#9865667)
    How dare you sully the sacred art of cosplay? Now all those overweight, middle-aged men dressed up as Sailor Moon and the Tron guy will feel all embarrassed and stuff.
  • Funny. I don't remember Farah having underarm flab [g4techtv.com]. I wonder if she'll make her entrance through a crevice at G-phoria.
  • The "Mainstream" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by superultra ( 670002 ) on Monday August 02, 2004 @08:10PM (#9865832) Homepage
    Making video game awards appealing to mainstream TV viewers is never easy, but the G-Phoria producers attempted to add some razzle-dazzle to the proceedings by hiring Electra and Navarro to host . . . Other developers had to sit on the sidelines, and there were no developers who presented awards. Furthermore, there was no time for acceptance speeches.

    G4TV is confused as hell. They want gamers to watch (Gamers 4 TV, right?) but then silence the people that gamers most want to hear from, the designers. Then they're trying to be mainstream, but they get second rate porn stars and have been not-so-supermodels?

    Mainstream? Mainstream awards shows have what would be considered industry "experts," you know, actors and actresses that act and directors that can direct. G-phoria awards aren't "mainstream," they're pornstream. And at which point do the game designers just stop going to these lame shenanagins? Why doesn't someone respectable start up their own awards show, even if it is in someone's silicon valley garage?

    G4 has some great people, albeit all from TechTV. Why not throw Unscrewed Martin and Xplay Morgan as the hosts? The wrong people are running not only the awards show, but the channel, and it's certainly not anyone with any respect for video games. If I want to see Anna Nicole Smith or Carmen Elektra I'll fire up the old cable modem. It's the game designers I want to hear from and see on an awards show for games on a supposedly game network.
    • Re:The "Mainstream" (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It would be an improvement if one of the hosts was replaced with Morgan, but it would also be an improvement if one of the female video game character models was replaced with Morgan.
    • Re:The "Mainstream" (Score:5, Interesting)

      by jwriney ( 16598 ) on Monday August 02, 2004 @09:01PM (#9866091) Homepage

      This PA [penny-arcade.com] seems to fit pretty well. The G4 people act as though they wouldn't know a game if it bit them on the ass.

      G4 only seems interested in getting whatever second-rate celebs they can corral, shoving controllers in their hands, and trying to pass them off as "gamers"...

      • not cool enough (Score:3, Insightful)

        by superultra ( 670002 )
        G4 only seems interested in getting whatever second-rate celebs they can corral, shoving controllers in their hands, and trying to pass them off as "gamers"...

        Exactly. I think the problem is that whoever's behind G4TV just doesn't think games are "cool" enough to hold their own. So they toss "celebrities" at it to jazz it up a little. Stupidheads.
        • Re:not cool enough (Score:1, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          You guys probably don't understand just how right you are. Listen to the Season 1 DVD commentary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and you will learn that FOX wanted Willow to be "more like Buffy". I can only assume that what they meant by that was "more action, less individuality".

          Similarly, they wanted the Serenity crew of Firefly to kick ass wherever they went, not taking any crap from anybody. Or something like that. Anyway, as you know the show wouldn't be any fun if the crew wasn't afraid of anybody.

          If a h

    • I had never seen G4TV before the merger, but I did watch TechTV, and I have to say there is not a single show from G4 that I can even bear to sit through, let alone actually want to watch. I can see why the network has been struggling, if this is the best they had to offer.

      So they cancelled Call For Help & Tech Live, but kept some horrible show where you just watch other people play games for half an hour? Yeah, they're without clue.

      I'm down to just watching X-Play And TSS now, but with Patrick Norton

    • they get second rate porn stars

      I'm sorry, but Jenna Jameson is no second rate porn star. We are talking first class here buddy (among porn stars of course).

  • Where's the SPOLIERS tag, you insensitive clod?
  • by Pluvius ( 734915 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [3suivulp]> on Monday August 02, 2004 @10:36PM (#9866390) Journal
    Anna Nicole Smith also cosplayed Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2. Fortunately for all of us, I can't find a picture of it.

  • you can NOT have a video game awards show, they are just plain wrong i mean, even ms. america is more fair since they have to have a talent and stuff but video games are like paintings and books, everyone has a favorite kind, do you see any RTS getting Game of the Year? nope! because its not as big as some crappy starwars rpg what about adventure games, when was the last time an adventure game got GoTY? - you just cant judge these books by their covers. (and my vote for game of the year goes to The Speci
    • Same thing goes for other awards shows, when was the last time a musical was nominated for best picture at the oscars, or some big band song being nominated for best song at the grammies.
      Awards shows are there for an industry to give themselves a pat on the back and rehype things. Take them as big parties for artists to stroke their own egos and say "look how talented we are", don't read any deeper than that.
    • Ummm... you're jumping the gun here. The is the first video game awards show (not counting Spike TV or MTV, because those are jokes). Of course we haven't seen them, this is the first year. But I've seen RTS games win GOTY awards before. Let's go back in time, look at Warcraft 2. While I have no concrete proof for it, I'm sure that got tons of awards. And Adventure games... this is the 21st century. I hate to say it but Adventure Games are dead.
  • Conspiracy? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ooPo ( 29908 )
    Notice how every game mentioned is for the xbox.

    Way to address maybe a third of the gaming market in the US, even less globally. Yay!
  • Wow. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 03, 2004 @12:44AM (#9866947)
    Those photos just completely ruined both Soul Calibur and Prince of Persia for me.


  • Good games, though (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Gio Angles ( 778876 )
    Even though the production values of the show itself could use some improvement, at least they had the decency to pick good games.

    The last award show (was it SpikeTV?) was much more embarassing to gamers. Madden 2004 was selected as game of the year. Jesus, it wasn't even last year's best FOOTBALL game, and they gave it the GOTY.

  • I just wanna see Morgan Webb, was she there?

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