You're all catching a break tonight as I'll be posting a shorter than normal blog on a rather benign topic that probably won't generate much fervor. Staying up late trying to defeat the Joker on Batman Arkham Asylum coupled with a long day at work and two business meetings first thing in the morning, means I'm taking it easy tonight. Anyway...

On my drive to work this morning, I heard on the radio during one of the breaks the DJ say that tonight the 2012 People's Choice Awards would be airing on CBS. Of course the host ran through a brief list of just a few of the categories and big names that the people could vote on...your favorite new TV comedy or whether you like Lady Gaga over Taylor Swift. To be completely honest, I couldn't care less. I think events like these are a huge waste of time and money and do nothing but feed the ego monster of the Hollywood elite, but hey that's just me - a whole 'nother blog for a different kind of website.  Out of curiosity (I was hunting for a blog topic) I visited the CBS website to see what I could find.

If you take a gander at the below pic, perhaps the thing I noticed will also catch your eye. But if you're one of those people who suffer from that nearsightedness disorder where a snake inches away from you could bite you and you wouldn't see it coming, please allow me to point you to the item of interest. Under the polls, in the drop down list, there is a video game section. See it?

Now, before you navigate your browser away from my blog to go check out the Video Game section of the People's Choice Awards website, let me save you the trouble. There is only one question.

One. Uno. I'un.  Een. Jeden. ONE!

Only one question, are you kidding me?

Clearly the drop down menu has a section for movies, music, TV and a few other things...and each of these categories has several questions...but the lowly video game section has one question. Not even a really good question at that.

I would like to point out that...none of those movies, and none of those songs and none of those TV shows grossed more than Modern Warfare 3 did.

I'd also like to point out that a number of those actors and actresses present have also had roles in some of our video games; and some are even gamer's themselves.

So, I don't know if I'm surprised by this and disappointed, or if I'm even more proud to be a gamer and not caught up in all of the nonsense. It does seem ironic the contributions the video game industry has on our economy and the ever growing and evolving demographics that seems to suggest the number of gamers, both male and female, continues to skyrocket...

Yet, at an award ceremony that recognizes the art and entertainment industry and we get practically no love, what the heck is that? Yes, I know we have our own awards exhibitions at events like GDC and E3, but what better medium to help change mainstream society's view of the video game industry than by including them at a People's Choice Awards event.

It would suggest that no matter how far we've progressed, society still doesn't take the video game industry seriously...despite more than half of the population admitting they play video games, has a video  game system in their home and considers themselves to be a gamer.

Who really cares who the Favorite Animated Movie Voice is, I'd much prefer to cast my vote on who my Favorite Animated Video Game Character is.

But hey, that's just of the gamers.