...and your VGA host is...

by: Jeremy -
The one... the only... Neil Patrick Harris.

Spike TV has announced that this coming weekends Video Game Awards will be hosted by none other than Neil Patrick Harris. Harris is an interesting pick as a host since he has been nominated for an award as well.

Neil has done quite a bit of work in the industry over the past couple of years in the area of voice acting. He can be heard in such titles as Saints Row 2, Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, and Spider-man: Shattered Dimension (which he is up for an award for this year). You can read the full press release from Spike regarding his role on the next page...

New York, NY, December 6, 2010 – Acclaimed television, film, stage and video game star Neil Patrick Harris has been handed over the controller and will host Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.” Broadcasting in over 175 territories worldwide from Los Angeles, the “VGAs” will celebrate the best in gaming on Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

“Neil is a big gamer and a brilliant host,” said Casey Patterson, executive producer Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards.” “Video games are taking over the world and Neil is perfect to lead the ‘VGA’s’ in celebrating the best of the year and the future of gaming.”

Some of the biggest names from the world of video games, Hollywood and music will gather to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year at Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.” Among the star-studded list of presenters, attendees and nominees include Annalynne McCord, “Thor: God of Thunder” video game star Chris Hemsworth, Dane Cook, Olivia Munn, Denise Richards, Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo Del Toro, Halo: Reach” star and VGA 2010 nominee Nathan Fillion, Nick Swardson, Tony Hawk and cast members from the hit series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Danny Devito, Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney. Additional guest appearances will be announced shortly.

Additionally, Grammy Award-winning rock band and “Gran Turismo 5” soundtrack contributors My Chemical Romance will be performing at this year’s live event.

The show will feature 13 world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2011 and beyond. World premiere titles confirmed so far include “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. More titles will be confirmed shortly.

Director Hamish Hamilton (“The 82nd Annual Academy Awards,” “Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show,” “2010 MTV Video Music Awards”), Ian Stewart (“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” “Laureus World Sports Awards”) and Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event production and talent development for Spike TV, will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2010 “Video Game Awards.” The 2010 “Video Game Awards” are produced by Done and Dusted Inc.

The official sponsors of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards 2010” are Burger King Corporation, Dell Alienware M11x, Dr Pepper, Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, GameStop Corp., Jeep®, STRIDE® Gum and U.S. Army.

Spike TV is available in 99.4 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at http://www.spike.com/press.
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