A lot of events to talk about this week in the podcast after the Nerd Confessions crew attended both The Game Awards and The 2017 PlayStation Experience. Is PSX just getting worse and worse every year or was it the best year yet?! How did Geoff Keighley achieve his most viewed Game Awards show ever with, “an off the charts,” 11.5 million live streams? Watch or listen along as we discuss.

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Our interviews of attendees and vendors at PSX.

Our Video Log where you can follow our adventure at The Game Awards for 2017 is below:

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Nerd News

The Game Awards 2017

What is The Game Awards?

The Game Awards began as the Spike’s Video Game Awards (VGAs also known as VGX in final year) on December 2013 Spike ended their partnership with the show’s creator Geoff Keighley after a decade long partnership.

The VGAs were criticized for being highly over commercialized, with overboard sponsorships and poor execution year over year.

In recent years Geoff Keighley’s continued efforts to carry on the show as The Game Awards and improve has garnered the respect and admiration of the industry.

As with previous years the show this year was hosted by Geoff Keighley and took place in the Microsoft Theater in downtown LA.

What were the notable moments this year?

  1. Accounting+ was premiered with the involvement of Justin Roiland.
  2. Reggie Fils-Aime announced Bayonetta 3 along with 1&2 would be coming to Nintendo Switch.
  3. Eiji Aonuma (Eye Jee, Ow Numa) wielded the master sword on stage announcing DLC #2 for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be available that night!
  4. A Way Out director went on an anti-Oscar and publisher rant with Geoff Keighley before premiering a new trailer for his game. This resulted in a lot of chatter about the show this year.
  5. Soul Calibur VI was premiered.
  6. World War Z game was announced with a teaser trailer.
  7. Death Stranding had another crazy trailer with Norman Reedus taking the stage with Hideo Kojima saying he’ll do anything for the genius, Kojima, nothing can stop them now and he’s thankful for having clothes to wear this time.
  8. Hideo Kojima also took the stage with Guillermo del Toro to advertise the upcoming release of The Shape of Water film.
  9. Developer The Astronauts made up of three former member of People Can Fly who co-developed Gears of War and Bulletstorm revealed a very neat FPS multiplayer game with elements of their exploration such as from their previous game, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

What were the major nominations and who won them?

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cuphead (Winner)
  • Slime Rancher
  • Mr. Shifty
  • Hollow Knight
  • Golf Story

Best Esports Game

  • Overwatch (Winner)
  • Rocket League
  • League of Legends
  • DOTA2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Trending Gamer

  • Guy Beahm (Winner)
  • Steven Spohn
  • Mike Grzesiek
  • Clint Lexa
  • Andrea Rene

Best Independent Game

  • Cuphead (Winner)
  • Pyre
  • Night in the Woods
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Most Anticipated Game

  • The Last of Us Part II (Winner)
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • God of War

Best Multiplayer

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Winner)
  • Fortnite
  • Call of Duty: World War II
  • Splatoon 2
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Destiny 2

Best Sports / Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Winner)
  • Project Cars 2
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
  • NBA 2K18
  • GT Sport
  • FIFA 18

Best Strategy Game

  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Winner)
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
  • Tooth and Tail
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Total War: Warhammer II

Best Family Game

  • Super Mario Odyssey (Winner)
  • Splatoon 2
  • Sonic Mania
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Best Fighting Game

  • Injustice 2 (Winner)
  • Tekken 7
  • Nidhogg 2
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • ARMS

Best Role Playing Game

  • Persona 5 (Winner)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Divinity: Original sin 2
  • NieR: Automata

Best Action / Adventure Game

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Action Game

  • Wolfenstein II (Winner)
  • Prey
  • Nioh
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead

Best VR / AR Game

  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Winner)
  • Superhot VR
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Lone Echo / Echo Arena
  • Farpoint

Best Handheld Game

  • Metroid: Samus Returns (Winner)
  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Ever Oasis
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

Best Mobile Game

  • Monument Valley 2 (Winner)
  • Fire Emblem Heroes
  • Super Mario Run
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • Hidden Folks

Best Ongoing Game

  • Overwatch (Winner)
  • Warframe
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Destiny 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Games for Impact (Thought provoking)

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Winner)
  • Please Knock on My Door
  • Night in the Woods
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • Bury Me, My Love
  • What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Performance

  • Melina Juergens, Hellblade as Senua (Winner)
  • Laura Baily, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as Nadine Ross
  • Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy as Chloe Frazer
  • Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II as BJ Blazkowicz
  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Zero Dawn as Alloy

Best Audio Design

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Winner)
  • Destiny 2
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Best Score / Music

  • NieR: Automata (Winner)
  • Destiny 2
  • Cuphead
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Persona 5

Best Art Direction

  • Cuphead (Winner)
  • Destiny 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Winner)
  • NieR Automata
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Game of the Year

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Winner)
  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Persona 5
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Fun fact:

If you didn’t know the highly controversial trailer for No Man’s Sky premiered at The Game Awards in 2014 setting the bar high on expectations which would ultimately result in a terrible game launch which did not deliver on the promises made about the game originally.


PlayStation Experience 2017 (PSX)

PSX Opening Night Overview:

WipEout Omega Collection is getting a VR mod.

It’s a sensible addition to the game given that VR tends to work best when someone’s occupying a fixed space like a cockpit.

The new God of War will be long.

There weren’t any new trailers or confirmation of a release date but creative director Cory Barlog did note the game will be around 35-40 hours long.

Detroit: Become Human lets you press circle to ask about emotional shocks.

Quantic Dream’s philosophical reflection on robots and humanity was demoed live on stage as a “fun game to play with friends.” In case you were wondering if David Cage’s new game would involve hyper emotional over the top moments, rest assured it will.

There will also be plenty of walking around while game prompts flood the screen.

MediEvil is getting remastered for PS4.

There’s this thing where Layden wears t-shirts to PSX repping his favourite old game series and then fans salivate over the prospect of them getting revived. Since Rachet and Clank and Crash Bandicoot were such a success, the ritual continued this year. So what was he wearing this year?

You’ll soon be able to have an adorable bird dog fill your entire field of vision.

The Last Guardian is getting its own VR capability with a demo available starting on December 12.

Where VR makes perfect sense for something like WipEout it’s a little more foreboding in a game with cameras and movement that can be as wonky as Last Guardian’s, so if you’re going to need puke bags for the former, you might need a bucket for this one.

You’ll probably be able to change your PSN name in the future, maybe.

Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller known for his constant talk about changing psn names asked Layden during a short interview at the end of the night when players would finally be able to change their PSN profile names, some of which are decades old and were created when people thought I_fart_onyou was the epitome of funny.

Capcom Cup 2017

RISE|MenaRD from the Dominican Republic took the Capcom Cup this year taking home $250,000.

After the event Yoshinori Ono took the stage and revealed Street Fighter V Arcade Edition with new characters, Blanka, Sagat, Sakura, Falke, Cody and G.


Panels for 2017

  • Accounting for Accounting+: Squanch Games and Crows Crows Crows
  • Media Molecule Presents Dreams
  • IGN Ranks the Top 10 PlayStation Games of all Time
  • Ghost of Tsushima: From Concept to Reveal
  • Uncharted 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • The Last of Us Part II: Meet the Cast

Photo Ops

  • Marvel’s Spiderman 180 cam and rooftop.
  • God of War boat and live actor stand-in.
  • Shadow of the Colossus photo op with a Colossus
  • Days Gone bike w/ Bear
  • Destiny 2 with replica Wardcliff Coil

What Exhibitors were at the event this year?

  • 11 bit studios
  • Ackk Studios
  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Adult Swim Games
  • Aksys Games
  • AOne Games
  • Aquiris
  • Arcade Distillery
  • Arika CO.,LTD.
  • Armor Games Studios
  • Artifact 5
  • Ask an Enemy Studios
  • Atlus/Sega
  • Batterystaple Games and Fire Hose Games
  • Bend Studio
  • Bit Kid, Inc.
  • Blue Mammoth Games
  • Bungie & Activision
  • Capcom
  • Cleaversoft
  • Cococucumber
  • Crows Crows Crows
  • Dan & Gary Games
  • Dangen Entertainment
  • Deep Silver
  • Devolver Digital
  • Double Fine Productions
  • Drinkbox Studios
  • Electronic Arts
  • En Masse Entertainment / Bluehole, Inc.
  • Endnight Games
  • Epic Games
  • Finji + Infinite Fall
  • Firesprite
  • Friend & Foe AB
  • Grab Games
  • Grip Digital
  • Highwire Games
  • Hopoo Games, LLC
  • Household Games
  • Humble Bundle
  • iam8bit
  • Iggymob
  • Impulse Gear
  • Insomniac Games
  • ISVR
  • Japan Studio
  • Lienzo
  • Limited Run Games
  • London Studio
  • Mad Mimic
  • Media Molecule
  • Mommy’s Best Games
  • MunkyFun
  • Muse Games
  • NapNok Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • nDreams
  • Neowiz
  • Paranoid Productions
  • Playdius
  • Playism
  • Polyarc
  • Polyphony Digital
  • Quantic Dream
  • Rebellion
  • RocketPunch Games
  • Samurai Punk
  • San Diego Studio
  • Santa Monica Studio
  • Sirlin Games
  • Spooky Squid Games
  • Starbreeze
  • Studio Surgical Scalpels
  • Sunsoft
  • Supermassive Games
  • Survios
  • Team Meat
  • The Voxel Agents
  • Toadman Interactive
  • Tribetoy
  • Trion Worlds
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Ultizero Games
  • USC Games
  • Versus Evil LLC
  • White Lotus Interactive
  • Wish Studios
  • Zoink Games

What playable titles were at PSX this year?

  • 20XX
  • A Duel Hand Disaster: Trackher
  • Aegis Defenders
  • At Sundown
  • Boundary
  • Brawlhalla
  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Chasm
  • Children of Morta
  • Code :Hardcore
  • Crossing Souls
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package
  • Deadbolt
  • Destiny 2 – Expansion I: Curse of Osiris
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • DJ Max Respect
  • EarthNight
  • Fantasy Strike
  • Far Cry 5
  • fault milestone one
  • Fight Knight
  • Fighting EX Layer
  • Flipping Death
  • Fortnite Battle Royale
  • Frantics
  • Gang Beasts
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Guns of Icarus Alliance: PS4 Edition
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Horizon Chase Turbo
  • Hover
  • Iconoclasts
  • Immortal: Unchained
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Knowledge Is Power
  • Lost Soul Aside (PSX 2017 Special Version)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • MLB The Show 17
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Moonlighter
  • Mothergunship
  • Mulaka
  • Night in the Woods
  • No Heroes Here
  • Omen of Sorrow
  • Pig Eat Ball
  • Pinstripe
  • Riverbond
  • Russian Subway Dogs
  • School Girl/Zombie Hunter
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Shape of the World
  • SkullPirates
  • Sonic Forces
  • Sonic Mania
  • Strange Brigade
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition
  • Super Daryl Deluxe
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Tera
  • That’s You!
  • The Adventure Pals
  • The Cat and the Coup
  • The Church in the Darkness
  • The Forest
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Night Journey
  • The Swords of Ditto
  • Tokyo Xanadu EX+
  • Tower 57
  • Trove
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late[ST]
  • Vane
  • Walden, a game
  • War Theatre
  • Way of the Passive Fist
  • World End Economica
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG

PlayStation VR

  • Anamorphine
  • Bow to Blood
  • Bravo Team
  • Dark Eclipse
  • Farpoint
  • Golem
  • Gungrave
  • Knockout League
  • League of War: VR Arena
  • Medusa and Man
  • Moss
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard
  • Shooty Fruity
  • Sprint Vector
  • The American Dream
  • The Inpatient
  • The Persistence
  • X Animal
  • Xing: The Land Beyond



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