Thursday, January 29, 2015

Will Anyone Show Up To Accept The Best Video Game Annie?

I've gone to the Annie Awards, happening this Saturday, Jan 31st, for the last four few years now and twice the winner of Best Video Game has not shown up. First it was developer Playdead for Limbo and the next time it was Sony and Thatgamecompany for Journey. In both instances no representative was sent to pick up the award. I even discussed why Journey was missing a rep for the show with its creator Jenova Chen. He told me Sony told him they had it covered. The guys over at PlayDead simply told me that didn't have time to make it to LA.

This year Ubisoft and Microsoft Studios/Turn 10/Playground Games are in the running for Child of Light, Valiant Hearts and Forza Horizon 2 (Microsoft). In all honesty, I'm unsure if anyone will be there to pick up the award, no matter who wins.

None of the studios are LA based, number 1. Number 2, I'm not sure if anyone that makes the games knows as both Ubisoft and Microsoft are so big. This has happened before with Sony, the developer might know about the show, but the Publisher says it will be handling it. Distance does play in as a factor, though they're big studios the developers might have to pay out of pocket to go to any award show they're nominated for.

I have contacted Ubisoft press and at this time haven't heard back from them about anything having to do with the award show. I didn't bother with Forza Horizon, because who cares, it's not Burnout.

Another video game category has finalist we might not see, the category of Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game has Mike Mennillo - Assassin's Creed Unity - Ubisoft Montreal; Don't Starve: Console Edition - Klei Entertainment Inc. and Alex Drouin - Child Of Light - Ubisoft Montreal.

As written about before on the site, Assassin's Creed Unity must be a joke, the horrible scathing reviews of problems the game had upon release where characters faces leaked out must have never reached Annie Award voter's ears. Once again, I'm not sure if Ubisoft even knows or informed Mennillo, same goes for Alex Drouin. Klei Entertainment Inc is based in Canada and doesn't even have a person named for Don't Starve.

So with that remember to watch the live stream of the event  on this site while chilling at home to see if anyone shows up for an award.