Every year, the Spike TV Video Game Awards become more of an extravagent and trailer-filled production, so every year I find myself almost willing to work a TV staring contest into my packed routine of staring at the latest slew of holiday games. It looks like this might finally be the year of the boob tube for this gamer, though - the awards are being hosted by none other than Neil Patrick Harris!
While at first blush the guy who plays no-man's straight man in How I Met Your Mother wouldn't be a perfect fit for the Video Game Awards, NPH is actually a bit of a geek himself, if his filmography is any indication. His voicework has appeared in the Spider-Man cartoons since 2003, as well as this year's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. He also played a corrupt video game CEO in last year's Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard.
The comedy actor is also no stranger to hosting awards - he appeared in an opening number for this year's Academy Awards, and attempted to hijack the 2009 Emmys as Dr. Horrible with a message about how internet streaming will make television obsolete.
Neil Patrick Harris will be taking up the main hosting duties, but he's not the only star you'll see at the awards. In addition to the usual industry insiders, expect to catch glimpses of Nathan Fillion, Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olsen, Guillermo Del Toro, Dane Cook, and some unannounced guests.
If you can stand to flip your TV to the channel that invented "Guys Choice" and "Manswers," you may find some content between the carefully-targeted commercials that's worth staying for. For example, stick around long enough and see the reveal of BioWare's next project when the rest of the world does! The Video Game Awards air this Saturday, December 11 at 8PM EST.