Spike TV has scored Neil Patrick Harris, former emcee of the Emmys, the Tonys, the TV Land Awards, and the World Magic Awards, to host its 8th Annual Video Game Awards live on Dec. 11. Some of you may be thinking Neil shouldn’t say “yes” to every hosting gig he’s offered, but I’m always a fan of entertainers championing the things they’re passionate about – even if it takes them to cable. (And with Spike TV’s Scream Awards becoming so star-studded, the network is doing something right.)
The show will feature 13 world premieres of games from 2011 and beyond. Confirmed so far: Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3, and Thor: God of Thunder, as well as the next game from Studio of the Year nominee BioWare, the debut of Guillermo del Toro’s video game, and a special Gears of War announcement. Among the presenters, attendees, and nominees: Del Toro, Thor: God of Thunder video game star Chris Hemsworth, Halo: Reach star and VGA 2010 nominee Nathan Fillion (fingers crossed he and Harris plan a bit), It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Danny DeVito, Kaitlin Olson, and Rob McElhenney, Olivia Munn, 90210’s Annalynne McCord, Dane Cook, Nick Swardson, Tony Hawk, and… Denise Richards. My Chemical Romance will perform.
Will you tune in, or will you Google Harris’ opening and closing bits the morning after?