They've succeeded in turning gaming into Hollywood.
Now gaming won't represent the broader public who plays games, but an insular minority culture who lives according to their production: Developers, promoters, professional critics, and "cultural consultants."
Like the academy awards, game awards aren't nor shouldn't be a measure of commercial success, but the artistic accomplishments of the medium. But the people judging those "accomplishments" are a class unto their own, disjoint from other walks of life. Every year it will get worse until it isn't surprising; it will be seen as how things are "supposed" to be. "Oscar bait" will receive its video game equivalent. Like hollywood, journalism, and academia, perhaps the formation of such a class is an economic inevitability. Time to find a new hobby, I guess. Again.
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