This year’s Spike Video Game Awards will be hosted by none other than Tenacious D star, Jack Black. The show will feature the world premiers of God of War III, Uncharted 2, Mafia II and so much more.
The VGA’s this year is truly a blowout of premiers. First off, Jack Black will be showing off his upcoming BrÃ¼tal Legend at the show, which has been in the shadows for quite some time now. Along with that comes the exclusive premieres of God of War III, Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Watchmen: THe End is Nigh, anda special announcement for Gears of War 2. The press release teases us more by saying “And Other Surprises” will be at the show.
December 14th is the date, 9PM is the time, and SpikeTV is the channel.
JACK BLACK TO HOST SPIKE TVâ€™S 2008 â€œVIDEO GAME AWARDSâ€
6th Annual Celebration To Include Mind-Blowing World Premieres Of God Of War III, BrÃ¼tal Legend, Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Uncharted 2, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, A Special Gears Of War 2 Announcement
And Other Surprises
Premieres LIVE Sunday, December 14 At 9:00 PM ET
New York, NY, December 2, 2008 â€“ On Sunday, December 14th, the future is in play when Jack Black, one of the entertainment industryâ€™s most versatile and talented stars, takes viewers on a trip to gamer heaven as host of Spike TVâ€™s 2008 â€œVideo Game Awards.â€ Recognizing outstanding artistic and technical achievement in the gaming industry, plus premiering first-looks at the hottest games of 2009 and beyond, the 2008 â€œVGAsâ€ debuts LIVE and in HIGH-DEFINITION on Sunday, December 14 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/tape delay on west coast) from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.
In emceeing the nightâ€™s festivities, Black will be capping a 2008 which saw him star in two Hollywood blockbusters, â€œTropic Thunderâ€ and â€œKung Fu Pandaâ€ that grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. Also, he will star opposite Michael Cera in director Harold Ramisâ€™ June 2009 release of â€œThe Year One.â€
â€œJack is a huge gamer and a former performer and winner on the â€˜VGAsâ€™ having taken home Best Performance By A Human â€“ Male in 2005,â€ said Casey Patterson, Spike TVâ€™s senior vice president, event production and talent development. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to have him as our host. With a record 10 world premieres including BrÃ¼tal Legend starring Jack, it will be a big night and wild ride!â€
In addition to the world premiere of BrÃ¼tal Legend gameplay from designer Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango and Psychonauts) and Double Fine Productions, the 2008 â€œVGAsâ€ will be stacked with an unprecedented number of wall-to-wall world exclusives. Games scheduled to make their global debut include the first look at the gameplay of the PlayStation 3â„¢ exclusive God of War III, Uncharted 2, EAâ€™s Sports Fight Night Round 4, Mafia II, Terminator Salvation, Watchmen: The End is Nigh, a special announcement regarding Gears of War 2 and more blockbuster surprises set to be revealed shortly.
At the show, legendary game designer Will Wright will receive the first-ever Gamer God award for his achievements in the gaming industry. Other industry luminaries set to attend include Game of the Year-nominees Hideo Kojima (designer, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), Cliff Bleszinski (design director, Gears of War 2), Todd Howard (executive producer, Fallout 3), Alex Evans (co-founder, Media Molecule, creators of LittleBigPlanet), Rockstar Games and more names soon to be announced.
The official sponsors of Spike TVâ€™s 2008 â€œVideo Game Awardsâ€ are Burger KingÂ®, GameStopâ„¢, GilletteÂ®, EnergizerÂ®, Mountain Dew, StrideÂ® Gum, U.S. Army and Verizon Wireless.