The Oscars of the game, the Game Awards, have fired this 2018 with a great winner: God of war, the game that best exemplifies this transition to adulthood (both in the public that seeks it and in the ways and ways of presenting itself) of the video game. An adult, mature, moving and reflective work on violence and parent-child relations with an air of great Greek tragedy. But, in addition to this victory, there were many other things in these awards that are worth to zoom and devote a brief reflection.
These are the seven keys that 1UP believes are essential to understand the most mediatic awards of the tenth art.
It is, perhaps, the great subject. God of war, champion of this 2018, and Red dead redemption 2, which has won the most prizes (four) are two examples of a narrative with human depth in its characters and the ambition and complexity in its plots of a Netflix or an HBO. The victory of God of war highlights two things, that betting on an author (Cory Barlog) to mark the course of an AAA[overproductionofthemedium)compensatesandthateventhemostdumpyandpimpishcharactercanbereinventedtoanothertypeofexperience[superproduccióndelmedio)compensayquehastaelpersonajemásplúmbeoymacarrasepuedereinventaraotrotipodeexperiencia
two. The 'indies' are no surprise
The messenger as best debut, The return of Obra Djinn as best artistic design and Light blue as best indie assure, one more year, that the indies they remain in the limelight. But the feeling of this 2018 is that there is no novelty in its presence and pre-eminence in its awards. The indies are not newcomers. They are a consolidated sector of the industry.
3. Fan service
It is the most controversial point, in general, of how the video game is dressed to present itself to its audience. But there are times when he knows how to play the trick in his favor in masterful strokes. The most striking, include the hero of Person 5, Joker, as a fighter in the mother of all fan-service: the wonderfull Super smah bros. Ultimate.
Four. The Fortnite store
Probably the most revolutionary news of all 2018. Epic, the company that owns the Fortnite mass phenomenon and the most popular and free graphic game engine (Unreal Engine), launches video games for PC with conditions for creators that leave in ridicule to the great dominator of this market: Valve and his Steam. Many of the games announced during the Game Awards announced their departure, sometimes exclusively, for this new market.
5. The war on your own
The new Obsidian game, Outerlands, is another demonstration of that anomalous situation that occurs only in video games. As the distribution channels are open and accessible regardless of the size of the companies, more and more video game producers, who used to go under the umbrella of one of the big ones (Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Activision …) choose to mount war on their own . Many, fail. But not a few succeed. It is true that Obsidian has decided to sell to Microsoft (like five other powerful studios), but first they will release this Outerlands that aims to do the extraordinary work done by Californians for the Fallout saga of Bethesda.
6 With its own melody
The most unforgettable moment of the Oscars of the video game is and will be the "Fuck the Oscars!"In full cry of the designer and filmmaker Josef Fares. The case is that that "Fuck the Oscars!"It embodies the desire of this industry of 100,000 million euros to distance itself from the cinema and have its own entity. With the Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer (Interstellar, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean) on the guitar, the Game Awards gave a blow on the table more to distance themselves.
7 Award with teleñeco
Humor is something that is often missing in video games and what is left over when there is a red carpet. Accompanied by the showman What is it Ninja, the world's most famous blue-haired Fortnite player, Pepe Gamba made his debut as a pixel trickster. It was celebrated with an ovation.