Seven Reasons Why the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards are Ridiculous

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This Saturday, Dec. 11, Spike will be hosting its 2010 installment of their Video Game Awards. The annual awards show provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals working in the video game development industry to receive recognition for all of their hard work. It's also a interesting chance to see how the "mainstream" world views our gaming culture.

Spike recently announced the nominations list for the show. Some of them make perfect sense, but others not so much. A few of them are downright silly. So silly, in fact, that you can't help but utter "Seriously?" when going through the list.

After the jump: A complete list of nominees for Spike's 2010 Video Game Awards... along with why some of them are completely ridiculous.


8 Reasons Why the 2010 Spike VGAs Awards are Ridiculous

1. "Best Performance by HUMAN Female"
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Emmanuelle Chriqui, aka "The Numbers Lady"
That's right, this nomination is for human females only. Apologies to all of the female bears and monsters who have worked so hard this year.

Danica Patrick is nominated for her role as...herself? Really? I wonder how much time she devoted to research herself before playing the part. Also, Emmanuelle Chriqui is nominated for her role as "The Numbers Lady" in Call of Duty: Black Ops. As the silly role title suggests, her job is to simply read numbers for this game. Sure, she's pretty, but reading numbers hardly warrants a "best performance" nomination. It's a shame that voice actress Lindsey Shaw didn't get nominated for her excellent role of "Trip" in Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Perhaps she didn't read enough numbers.



2. Best performance by HUMAN male
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Nathan Fillion, we loved your two lines of dialogue in "Halo: Reach"
Once again, non-humans males have to sit this one out. Nathan Fillion is nominated in this category for his performance as Sergeant Edward Buck in Halo: Reach. As much as I love Mr. Fillion and his work, the guy only had two sentences in the game.



3. Kirby's Epic Yarn nominated for "Best Graphics"
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Whoa, check out those GRAPHICS!
Kirby's Epic Yarn, a standard-def Wii game that looks like it was constructed out of pipe cleaners, somehow managed to beat Mass Effect 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Enslaved for the nomination for best graphics. Granted, the game had a clever and unique art style, but it doesn't deserve the nomination.



4. The existence of the "Most Anticipated Game" award
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Most anticipated game of 2010? We'll see!
The very existence of an award for something that is "most anticipated" is silly. Think about this one for a bit. We're awarding an unreleased video game for the amount of hype it has. For all we know, these games may never be released!


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