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Despite the vitriol online, this year’s VGX Awards appear to have been a big success on a technical level, with the show bringing more viewers for more time than they had every thought possible. Viacom’s Erik Flannigan said that the show “exceeded” their expectations, and that the average view time (32 minutes) was “way beyond our wildest dreams”.

Producer Casey Patterson chimed in, saying that they’re already talking about next year’s show:

“Yes, we would love to do this show again and those are the discussions we are having right now, and we’ll produce that show, that stream in the same way we produced this year’s which is to take the feedback of the gamers, good and bad.”

“The only thing we can do is assure gamers that we are listening. They can tell from the show we built this year that we like them talking to us. Good, bad, ugly, we want to them to continue to talk to us at the decibel that they have been.”

– VGX producer Casey Patterson

Polygon via ShackNews

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Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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VGX 2013 has come to a close. Who picked up the awards this year? Read on below for the full list.

Game of the Year

BioShock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto V
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider

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As many had speculated, Nintendo brought along Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to VGX 2013. Two pieces of news were shared: a confirmation of Cranky Kong as the fourth playable character and February 21 release date.

The following information was also shared during a live demo:

– Cranky has a lot of personality
– Cranky uses his cane to jump around
– Crane bounce: jump across spike pits
– None of the other characters can do this
– Cranky’s Kong Pow: turns all enemies on screen into coins

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime also shared the following tidbits:

– Reggie wants to see another Metroid
– Says PS4 and Xbox One are a good thing for Nintendo and the overall industry
– 3D World doing “quite well”
– Says Nintendo has some of the top rated games, can’t play them on other systems
– Reggie loves the memes fans have created of him

VGX 2013 will begin at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. Nintendo’s Wii U reveal is taking place during the show’s first hour.

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Nintendo has cleared up some confusion pertaining to its Wii U reveal at VGX in just a couple of hours. The game has been previously announced – so unfortunately, no Zelda Wii U news tonight! Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has come up as a popular possibility, though Super Smash Bros., X, Yarn Yoshi, and Mario Kart 8 were also revealed previously.


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Spike TV has put up its full schedule for VGX 2013. Nintendo’s reveal will be taking place within the first hour, as Reggie Fils-Aime “takes the stage for a demo.”

You can find the full VGX schedule here. It’s a three hour show with no commercials, so expect a ton of gaming news and awards. We’ll be posting a stream later today.

Actor Joel McHale and Geoff Keighley will co-host the VGX awards tomorrow. Keighley announced the news via Twitter through the following message:

When it was known as the VGAs, previous hosts include Zachary Levi, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jack Black.

VGX 2013 will take place tomorrow at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT.


Nintendo of America is currently meeting with a group of fans at the company’s headquarters as part of an “#ImWithReggie TweetUp” event. It seems that before the gaming demos kicked off, Reggie shared a few words with the attendees. Here’s a roundup of what was said:

– Reggie said Mr. Sakurai might consider adding him to Super Smash Bros. if 100,000 fans sign the petition
– Pokemon X/Y are about equal in terms of sales, but Reggie thinks X will end up selling more
– Reggie: Wii Remote was an innovation that opened up gaming to multiple generations
– Nintendo will continue with some Year of Luigi stuff in 2014
– Reggie says he would have never imagined the Wii Remote when he joined Nintendo
– Reggie: Don’t know what hardware will look like in the future, but our games will make you smile
– Reggie: We’re aware of fan wishes but have to do what’s best for the company
– VGX appearance won’t be recorded; no hints as to what’s in store
– Reggie has a 3DS in each of his back pockets, one of which is the gold XL


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