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We're live on the scene from the Los Angeles Convention Center and one of the first thing to greet visitors to E3 2016 is an advertisement for The Game Awards 2016. So, yep, it's apparently coming back.
Outside of the fact that The Game Awards is returning on Dec. 1, we don't really have any other details on the upcoming show at this point. But considering the fact that there is a massive poster for the early December broadcast just outside the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, we expect to hear more in the coming days.
Before you roll your eyes, we'd like to point out that, over the past couple of years, The Game Awards have done a pretty good job of evolving into a program deserving of your attention. Geoff Keighly kicked off the shindig back in 2014, basically planning to provide a game awards show that didn't rely entirely on sophomoric humor, appearances from celebrities who clearly didn't want to be there, musical performances that had nothing to do with video games and both mountains of Doritos and oceans of Mountain Dew. Okay, so those last two things weren't necessarily part of the show, but you probably know exactly what we're talking about.
Beginning its run in Los Vegas, The Game Awards moved to Los Angeles in 2015, which is where we're guessing it will return now that they seem to have settled in nicely.
What helped set this program apart from previous shows geared at video games was that the team seemed to understand that there was a lot more to video games than the rubbish listed above. Presenters are typically tied to the industry in some way, and award winners are actually given time to accept their awards and give a brief speech rather than be rushed onto and off of stage as quickly as possible.
The musical performances are also much better, including the likes of an acoustic number from Red Dead Redemption and a young girl beautifully singing a tune from Dishonored.
There's a bit of silly pomp and circumstance, but you can't really fault anybody for trying to make the show exciting.
So now that we know the show is going down, that's gotten us thinking about what games we'll likely see nominated for the various categories. It's hard to think about games that are already available when we're about to launch into a week-long extravaganza focused on future releases, but it can be fun to speculate.
We expect Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to pop up in a few categories, and maybe Dark Souls III, but what other early 2016 games deserve a nod? Let us know in the comments below. Also, any thoughts on the fall crop of games? Expecting No Man's Sky or maybe The Last Guardian to stir up some awards buzz? Perhaps Final Fantasy XV? Your guess is as good as ours.