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    Love ’em or hate ’em, Geoff Keighley’s annual “The Game Awards” ceremony will be returning in 2019. Airing on Dec 12, the show is a celebration of the past year’s best and brightest games. It shines a light on different facets of the industry, and you can typically expect a lot of back-patting and advertising to go down between all of the awards given out. It’s not for everyone, but Keighley has worked hard to improve the quality of the show each year.

    The real crowd drawer happens to be the numerous exclusive reveals. Last year, we were given trailers for Mortal Kombat 11, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. Keighley even managed to get Nintendo to bring an early trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s first DLC fighter. It was pretty exciting and definitely a treat for fans of unexpected announcements.

    Being held at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, tickets are currently on sale if you’d like to attend The Game Awards in-person. A VIP package is available that includes not only access to the event, but a parking pass, guaranteed orchestra seating, a pre-show reception party, exclusive merchandise, and a VIP souvenir badge. I’m not sure if it’s worth the $200 asking price, but you’ll need to act quickly if you want to secure a seat.

    I’m typically not a big fan of awards ceremonies, but I do like that Keighley is sincere about trying to put on a good show. This earlier work with Spike TV was also cringe-worthy, but his solo endeavors with The Game Awards have proven much better. Last year marked a high point for this event, and I’m hopeful that the show will continue to grow in the future. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but The Game Awards should be a time for remembrance and celebration instead of heated debates.

    Peter Glagowski
    Peter is an aspiring writer with a passion for gaming and fitness. If you can't find him in front of a game, you'll most likely find him pumping iron.

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