Mark Hamill (Getty Images)While there's no pleasing all of the people all of the time, by most accounts this year's Video Game Awards on Spike TV were an improvement over previous installments, with several big new game reveals, developers actually making it on stage to accept their awards, and obvious sponsor pimping (like the "Most Addictive Game Fueled by Mountain Dew" from last year) jettisoned.
But for Mark Hamill, they were still pretty crummy.
The one-time Luke Skywalker and acclaimed voice behind the Joker in the Batman cartoons and this year's Batman: Arkham City was nominated for Best Voice Acting (Male). It may very well have been his farewell performance in the role, and it was one that earned him universal praise.
He didn't win — but that was the least of his problems.
Hamill -- and his Arkham City co-star Tara Strong (who voiced Harley Quinn) -- somehow ended up sitting what seemed to be a country mile from the stage. Worse still, Hamill's award wasn't presented during either the live show or the online-only pre-show. The category was briefly mentioned during a montage, and Hamill's nomination was missing entirely.
"Weird VGAs!," he tweeted. "Don't mind losing but I'd like to know when it happens Did I miss something? Award given off-camera? Tara & I in lousy seats BOO!"
Strong was a bit more blunt in her comments.
"Hey, @SPIKE_TV, if you weren't going 2 announce the nominees, y have us come 2 the show? VO may not matter 2 u, but it sure does to us," she tweeted, adding "I mean, I got my make-up done; I at least wanted a close up of my face when I lost but pretended to be happy for someone else!"
Though Hamill and Strong lost their categories (to Stephen Merchant and Ellen McClain, both from Portal 2), Arkham City itself was a dominant title at the show. The game won four titles overall, including best Xbox 360 game and Best Action/Adventure Game.
As while the VGAs didn't treat Hamill very well, they treated his take on The Joker just fine: it was voted Character of the Year.
Here's a complete list of the winners:
Game of the Year - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Studio of the Year - Bethesda Game Studios
Character of the Year - The Joker, Batman: Arkham City
Best Xbox 360 Game - Batman: Arkham City
Best PS3 Game - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Best Wii Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Best PC Game - Portal 2
Best Handheld/Mobile Game - Super Mario 3D Land
Best Action Adventure Game - Batman: Arkham City
Best Shooter - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best RPG - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Multiplayer - Portal 2
Best Individual Sport Game - Fight Night: Champions
Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K12
Best Driving Game - Forza Motorsports 4
Best Fighting Game - Mortal Kombat
Best Motion Controlled Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Best Independent Game - Minecraft
Best Adapted Video Game - Batman: Arkham City
Best Song in a Game - Bastion: "Build that Wall (Zia's Theme)" by Darren Korb
Best Original Score - Bastion
Best Graphics - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Best Performance By A Human Male - Portal 2: Steven Merchant as 'Wheatley'
Best Performance By A Human Female - Portal 2: Ellen McLain as 'GLaDOS'
Best Downloadable Game - Bastion
Best DLC - Portal 2, "Peer Review"
Most Anticipated Game - Mass Effect 3
Best Game Trailer - Assassin's Creed 3
Hall of Fame - The Legend of Zelda