The Sport Awards have been extra infuriating than standard in 2023 | Kaser Focus


At first blush, The Sport Awards 2023 was not very completely different from earlier occasions. Many of the complaints I may stage at Geoff Keighley’s tenth present are ones I may make towards the ninth, the eighth and so forth. The present was overly targeted on Hollywood actors over game-based performers. Kojima’s sport reveal that wasn’t a sport reveal went on for completely too lengthy. The orchestra virtually jumped down the throats of any award recipient who stated greater than a cursory “Thanks” on the mic (Keighley even agrees with me on the final one).

In some other 12 months, I’d be irritated, however not upset. Whereas I hate Keighley’s propensity to fawn over anybody from the movie and TV trade who reveals up at these occasions and I want the precise awards got extra focus, I’m settle for that this Simply How It Is. However in 2023, that felt like much more of a kick within the tooth than it normally does. The Sport Awards have at all times been industrial, however watching Keighley and firm wallow in that side of the present whereas the precise trade that’s propping up the occasion is on hearth put my hackles within the air.

Am I speaking in regards to the layoffs once more? You wager I’m. Even by probably the most conservative estimates, over 7,000 folks misplaced their jobs within the video games trade this 12 months. I’m not saying I anticipated The Sport Awards to pay direct tribute to them. Heck, I’m not even saying The Sport Awards wanted to be a downer. I’d have settled for the naked minimal of simply acknowledging how many individuals have been screwed over this 12 months and a few lip service to the truth that the present wouldn’t exist with out their work.

As an alternative, what we received was a present the place the individuals who have been truly a part of the video games have been performed off the stage after 30 seconds whereas barely being allowed to specific their gratitude. Among the awards weren’t given on the stage in any respect. The Sport Awards has at all times been a advertising and marketing gimmick disguised as a celebration, however the truth the disguise was so clear on this 12 months, of all occasions, makes extra upsetting than ever. If 2023 has taught us something, it’s that saying, “That’s Simply How It Is” is now not an sufficient justification — if it ever was within the first place.

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