VGX is an award show hosted by Spike TV that recognizes the best computer and video games of the year. Beginning in 2003, the Spike TV Video Game Awards garnered much attention, since video game awards were not common prior to its introduction. The VGAs feature live music performances and appearances by popular performers in music, movies, and television. Additionally, preview trailers for upcoming games are highlighted.
Type: Award Show
Runtime: 120 minutes
VGX - Grand Theft Auto V - Netflix
Grand Theft Auto V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released in September 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, in November 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and in April 2015 for Microsoft Windows. It is the first main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Set within the fictional state of San Andreas, based on Southern California, the single-player story follows three criminals and their efforts to commit heists while under pressure from a government agency. The open world design lets players freely roam San Andreas' open countryside and the fictional city of Los Santos, based on Los Angeles. The game is played from either a third-person or first-person perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. Players control the three lead protagonists throughout single-player and switch between them both during and outside missions. The story is centred on the heist sequences, and many missions involve shooting and driving gameplay. A “wanted” system governs the aggression of law enforcement response to players who commit crimes. Grand Theft Auto Online, the game's online multiplayer mode, lets up to 30 players engage in a variety of different cooperative and competitive game modes. The development of Grand Theft Auto V began soon after Grand Theft Auto IV's release and was shared between many of Rockstar's studios worldwide. The development team drew influence from many of their previous projects such as Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3 and designed the game around three lead protagonists to innovate on the core structure of its predecessors. Much of the development work constituted the open world's creation, and several team members conducted field research around California to capture footage for the design team. The game's soundtrack features an original score composed by a team of producers who collaborated over several years. Extensively marketed and widely anticipated, the game broke industry sales records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, earning US$800 million in its first day and US$1 billion in its first three days. It received widespread critical acclaim, with praise directed at its multiple protagonist design, open world, presentation and gameplay. However, it caused controversies related to its depiction of women and a mission featuring torture during a hostage interrogation. Considered one of seventh generation console gaming's most significant titles and among the best games ever made, it won year-end accolades including Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications. It is the third best-selling video game of all time with over 95 million copies shipped, and is one of the most financially successful entertainment products of all time, with over US$6 billion in worldwide revenue.
VGX - Legacy - Netflix
Critics concurred that Grand Theft Auto V was among seventh generation console gaming's best and a great closing title before the eighth generation's emergence. Polygon's Plante observed that the game would “bridge between games' present and the future”, and declared it “the closure of this generation, and the benchmark for the next”. VideoGamer.com's Simon Miller considered it “the ultimate swansong for this console cycle” that would “cast a long shadow over the next”. Three days after its release, the game ranked second on IGN's “Top 25 Xbox 360 Games” list. Editor Ryan McCaffrey considered that the open world's scale and detail succeeded the majority of other Xbox 360 games. He called the game “a triumph both for gamers and for the medium itself, and it deserves its runaway success”. In November 2013, Hardcore Gamer placed the game third on their “Top 100 Games of the Generation” list. They cited its improved shooting and driving mechanics over its predecessors, and considered the multiple protagonist design “a welcome change of pace” that could become an eighth generation gaming benchmark. In December, The Daily Telegraph listed the game among their “50 best games of the console generation”. They called it a “cultural behemoth” that “will be Rockstar's lasting legacy”. In January 2014, Computer and Video Games ranked the game fourth on their “Games of the Generation 20–1” list. Editor Rob Crossley said that for the first time, Rockstar created an “utterly beautiful” open world. He found that the game did away with Grand Theft Auto IV's repetitive mission design and focused instead on fun gameplay. In May, IGN ranked it eighth on their “Top 100 Games of a Generation” list and called it a “huge, raucous, and wildly ambitious bridge towards the [eighth] generation of console gaming”. The next month, it placed third on IGN's “Games of a Generation: Your Top 100” list as voted by the site's readers. In August, Game Informer ranked it third on their “Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation” list. They compared the game's quality to that of its predecessor but thought that its ensemble character set-up, varied missions and multiplayer superseded Grand Theft Auto IV's placement on the list. They wrote of the story's absurd drama and the open world's vastness, and did not “regret a single second” spent playing the game. In November, Edge named it the fifth best game of its generation and commented that “no other game studio is even daring to attempt an open world game in its tradition because there is simply no possibility of measuring up to [its] standards.” In 2015, the publication rated it the second greatest video game of all time. The game ranked high on several best game lists determined by the public; it featured eighth on Empire's “100 Greatest Video Games Of All Time” list, and fifth on Good Game's “Top 100 Games” list, as voted by the magazine and programme's respective audiences. It was the most tweeted game of 2015, despite being released over a year earlier.
VGX - References - Netflix