The fact that The Matrix has constructed for Thomas Anderson (aka Neo) in The Matrix Resurrections just isn’t the one which followers of the unique trilogy will bear in mind. Anderson continues to be a programmer, however a vastly extra profitable one than a cubicle-dwelling “program author” for respectable software program firm MetaCortex from the unique 1999 film.
In Resurrections, he’s a rockstar online game designer and liable for a blockbuster trilogy of video games known as … The Matrix. In one other occasion of reality-writing, The Matrix — the multiple-layers-deep fictional online game — can be a Sport of the 12 months award winner at The Sport Awards.
[Ed. note: This post contains minor spoilers for The Matrix Resurrections.]
On the earth in accordance with The Matrix Resurrections, which premiered on Wednesday, Geoff Keighley’s The Sport Awards existed 15 years earlier, and The Matrix, a recreation designed by Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) took house its high prize in ’99. Keighley on Sunday revealed that director Lana Wachowski requested for a TGA statuette to make use of in a key scene, and he was pleased to retcon them into his present’s corridor of fame.
Naturally, this kicked up a chuckle-inducing parlor recreation on Twitter: What video games did The Matrix beat out that yr? Even when there wasn’t an awards sequence with the form of huge viewers (and entry pool) as The Sport Awards, the main video games publications of the day recognized some landmark works, which implies Keanu’s recreation actually needed to be one thing else.
Deus Machina is the title of Anderson’s studio; it’s not Eidos’ RPG series coming in second. (Though Deus Ex did launch less than a year later.) The scene is principally a meta-joke in regards to the Matrix movies’ recognition; three video video games that Anderson designed have been large hits, so naturally Deus Machina’s mum or dad firm — actually Warner Bros., by the best way — is demanding a fourth.
I imply, are you able to blame them? Take a look at all of the video games The Matrix whooped for its first GOTY. The shareholders would fireplace any C-suite officer who didn’t milk that form of an IP:
- Chrono Cross (Sq./SquareSoft)
- Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater (Neversoft/Activision)
- EverQuest (Verant Interactive/Sony On-line Leisure)
- Last Fantasy 8 (Sq./Squaresoft)
- Soulcalibur (Challenge Soul/Namco — launched Sept. 1999 for Dreamcast)
- Silent Hill (Group Silent/Konami)
- System Shock 2 (Irrational Video games/Digital Arts)
- Syphon Filter (Eidetic/989 Studios)
Others have talked about Shenmue, however it launched in Japan on Dec. 29, 1999, and within the West one yr later, so it in all probability wouldn’t have been within the candidate pool of an awards present airing within the first week of December. As for Quake 3, whereas it was little question a groundbreaking work amongst multiplayer shooters, it launched Dec. 2, 1999. (One other nice work of 1999, Gran Turismo 2, launched Dec. 11 in Japan and Dec. 23 within the West.)
The Matrix would have additionally beat out Unreal Match, Epic Video games’ area shooter that garnered a number of Sport of the 12 months awards and nominations in 1999. That makes issues solely barely awkward for Epic, which produced The Matrix Awakenings in Unreal Engine 5 as a tie-in to Resurrections, and whose chief know-how officer, Kim Libreri, and chief artistic officer, Donald Mustard, make appearances within the movie as Deus Machina staff.
So that you admit the sport awards are a made up assemble by the machines
— KJ (@thegentleman4) December 26, 2021
Ouch! The TGAs have been known as many issues, however that’s chilly! Additionally, Lana Wachowski is lucky that the primary movie premiered in 1999 — one of many few years in that point when Hideo Kojima didn’t launch a recreation. Had Metallic Gear Stable come one yr later, we’re unsure his good good friend Geoff Keighley might have gone together with this sight gag.
Simply kidding. Anyway, if Keanu Reeves is a presenter at The Sport Awards 2022, for the third yr in a row, it’s a great wager this scene will probably be re-enacted. Through which case, we’d ask Keighley and his manufacturing firm not to stage it on a rooftop bar, and to perhaps reposition The Sport Awards Orchestra if it’s again in L.A.’s Microsoft Theater.