As the leaks and rumors continue surrounding The Game Awards, it is confirmed that some celebrity names will be presenting trophies at the show.
The game prizes has confirmed Daniel Craig, of james link fame, will present an award during the upcoming ceremony. Joined by Rian Johnson and Jessica Henwick, director and co-star of the upcoming release knives out sequel respectively, suggests that viewers can anticipate some sort of showcase for the film at The Game Awards.
Geoff Keighley’s baby The Game Awards is notorious for many reasons: it offers a plethora of trailers and reveals that essentially function as an end-of-year E3 presentation, a stunning orchestral medley composed by each of the nominees for the Game of the Year and famous hosts who have little or nothing to do with the gaming industry. There are notable exceptions to this trend, such as Giancarlo Esposito, an actor renowned for his portrayal of villains, particularly breaking badIt’s Gus Fring. Esposito’s presentation of Best Indie Game at the show last year was favorably received due to his performance as the main antagonist in farcry 6. His presence only garnered more respect from gamers the more the celebrated actor demonstrated a genuine commitment and appreciation for the interactive medium.
However, with the recent announcement, players can expect less Giancarlo Esposito and more Daniel Craig. Craig, Rian Johnson and Jessica Henwick all hail from Crystal Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which is coming direct to Netflix later this month, and will present prizes that are not confirmed at the time of writing. Although a reply below the tweet expressed hope that it had something to do with golden eye to be revealed at The Game Awards, others were much more cynical and dismissive.
Some questioned why seemingly Hollywood celebrities, with virtually no gaming credits between them, frequently show up as part of a gaming awards ceremony. Others suggested that it would be the perfect opportunity to spotlight video game voice actors, directors and writers, such as the way the Golden Joystick Awards are structured, highlighting aspects of video games that are often criminally overlooked. Yet celebrity names bring attention, recognition and a degree of respectability to an awards ceremony that commands only a fraction of the prestige of any made for film or television.
Furthermore, the phenomenon of other industries seeping into video game-focused media is not new. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined Summer Game Fest this year to promote everything but gaming, albeit for a brief mention of The Foundation cosmetic skin that was already available in Fortnite. a trailer for black adam It was then shown, prompting a collective groan from viewers tuning in to watch video game ads at a video game expo. Gamers would undoubtedly choose Christopher Judge and Sunny Suljic’s iconic appearance at The Game Awards 2018 over anything else a different medium could offer, where Judge’s command to “read it, kid” is voiced by Kratos. received more passionate applause than the award itself.
The game prizes will air live on December 8 at 4:30 pm PT/7:30 pm ET.
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