Looking back at the Spike Video Game Awards
Tonight is the night of the annual Game Awards, where the best of this year's video games go up against each other to see which one was the absolute best. The nominations and votes by fans and critics will see awards given in various categories. But the 2021 awards show isn't what we're here to talk about, at least not quite yet. While we wait for the festivities to begin, it's time to look back at what pre-dated The Game Awards, which have been running since 2014, and instead remember the Spike Video Game Awards.
Beginning in 2003, the Spike Video Game Awards were similar in a lot of ways to the modern-day version, but there are plenty of oddities and funny things to see. The first Game of the Year award was given to Madden NFL 2004, taking the win against games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, while there was an entire category dedicated to the best video game adaptation of a movie. Even weirder, the award of best voice acting performance was instead called Best Performance by a Human.
The following year, a new category was introduced: Cyber Vixen of the Year--it was gone by the year after. In 2006, James Gandolfini won best performance for The Sopranos: Road to Respect, against fellow nominee Seth Green, for playing Chris Griffin in Family Guy Video Game. At one point, Fallout 3 was nominated for best graphics at the time. In a bizarre goofy moment, Best Dressed Assassin was its own category, with no nominations, only the winner of Ezio Auditore.
Continuing on, the Best Game of the Decade was not awarded at the end of the decade, or even the year after--in fact, it took until the end of 2012 for Spike to choose the best game of 2000-2010. In the last Spike Game Awards, Best 360 and PS3 game were their own separate categories, but the nominees were multiplatform games and were the same between the two.
If you're interested in having a good laugh and looking back, you can see them here.