So the Oscars are on right now, and although movies aren't quite what they used to be (IMO), this is still a production that is seen by a billion people around the world.
Depending on the numbers and sources you use, the video game industry is just as big as Hollywood. However, while interactive entertainment has certainly made significant strides over the decades, it remains in the shadow of film, and perhaps always will. But given the current situation and the fact that gaming will only get more and more popular – and more and more mainstream – in the coming years, one has to wonder: will gaming ever get its Oscars?
I suppose the Spike TV Video Game Awards could become our Oscars, but I dunno…I'm sorry, but I think the "Spike TV" part doesn't carry the same prestige and cache and let's face it, the pre-show red carpet affair is basically nonexistent. What we need is a game awards ceremony on a major network, during prime-time, with all the A-listers on hand. The only problem is that, as we've discussed before, the video game "celebrities" are all behind-the-scenes and as such, they're not always great in front of a camera. They're not glitzy and beautiful people (at least, not always). We just won't ever have the same shiny, glossy glamour.
Still, I'd like to think we'll continue to make strides, and we'll eventually have an awards ceremony that gamers and all industry professionals can be proud of. By the way, congrats to Christopher Plummer, who just became the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar (Best Supporting Actor).