For the last three years, I’ve had the pleasure of bringing together two of my passions in one room - video games and electronic music. Earlier this year, the non-profit New York Video Game Awards (NYVGA) took it to the next level and threw one of the best shows to date, along with me throwing one of my favorite DJ sets ever.

Spinning and mixing aside, I’ve always enjoyed the awards and I absolutely love the growth and support the New York Video Games Critics Circle (NYVGCC - a non-profit organization which offers mentoring and scholarships and is comprised of some of the top entertainment/tech/gaming journalist in the greater NYC area) has received over the years. I remember when one of the first award ceremonies was held down at a small theater in NYU Polytech and it was fun, simple and a wonderful celebration of journalism and video games. Last month, it was amazing to see that the ceremony was moved to SVA Theatre - a legendary venue which annually hosts some notable events including the Tribeca Film Festival. Online via Twitch, the show had 400,000 viewers.

It’s a testament to Harold Goldberg’s (producer of the NYVGA and founder of the NYVGCC) work and effort his team has put through. It is also a testament to how much this industry has grown and matured over the years. Most of the days of booth babes and odd celebrity endorsements are gone, and in place, we have a group of fans, distinguished writers, developers, and industry folks coming together to appreciate the growth of the industry. As a result, marketing professionals and communicators really need to ensure we are delivering compelling and notable story ideas to journalist to help foster this continued growth.

The video games industry and the journalists that spend every waking hour writing some unique and thoughtful pieces have gone through many growing pains but have continued to persevere. Sure, there still may be some things that need to be improved and certain folks feel that it still need to address some issues, but that is all part of the process. As I’ve mentioned many times before, the industry is slowly maturing out of its infancy stage, and as more consumers and new generations embrace this amazing medium, we’re going to see it drive some wonderful perspectives across various thought platforms.

I look forward to next year’s show, and hopefully, having another opportunity to spin some tunes there as well as my alter ego, Reznor