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And the Award Doesn’t Go To…

And the Award Doesn’t Go To… (photo)

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It surprised no one that “Red Dead Redemption” won Game of the Year during the Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday night. Sadly, it also surprised no one that the show was one long wince-inducing moment. Host Neil Patrick Harris coasted through a weak monologue and several unfunny bits, while D-list celebrities like Dane Cook sleepwalked through shout-outs to the characters and games that were up for accolades.

Reactions from game designers, critics and fans about the VGAs run the gamut, but there’s a growing strain of exasperation from people who want the industry’s most visible moment to a less bro-tastic affair. The games medium’s still fighting for a measure of the respect–legally and culturally speaking–that books, film and music enjoy. So, to have two hours of limp juvenile comedy be the platform where a thoughtful title like “Limbo” gets recognized feels a little incongruous, to say the least.

Chris Hecker, he of the SpyParty, was more ambiguous than most, tweeting “I think the game industry gets the awards shows it deserves, for the most part. If we make better games, we’ll get better awards shows.” Others like Electronic Games Monthly senior editor Patrick Klepek offered the tweet “VGAs feel like a press conference more than anything else.” That’s because the most must-see component of the VGAs has become the trailer reveals that big publishers like EA, Bethesda and Warner Bros. roll out during the show. Shiny, new clips for “Batman: Arkham City,” “Mass Effect 3” and “Uncharted 3” lure in viewers who are anxious to see just what games they’re be lusting over next year.

It might be the rant by Jeff Green–the Director of Editorial and Social Media at casual game juggernaut PopCap–that best condenses the collective anger of many into a caustic solvent:

But here’s the problem: The videogame community–those who make them, those who play them–encompasses a much larger, broader base than the Spike TV dudebro douchebag contingent. Really, saying the “videogame community” at this point is all but archaic, anyway. Because it seems that, with FaceBook and Angry Birds and Kinect and every other industry-broadening milestone, everyone is playing games now. There are people who love games, who care about games from all walks of life, both male and female. So when you aim your show at the station’s primary demographic, rather than those who love gaming in general, you are alienating and insulting all the rest of us who would like to participate in and enjoy the event too.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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