As if there weren’t already enough reasons to tune into the 2010 Video Game Awards, now comes the news of yet another incentive: prizes! Spike TV and social television service Philo are teaming up to award gamers for watching and checking in with one of the biggest events on the video game calender.

For those who may not be familiar with the service, Philo basically works like Foursquare, though instead of checking into physical  places, users check in to TV shows. Naturally, users can keep up with what their friends are watching, and comment about programs in progress. The whole think links up with the usual social networking suspects (Facebook and Twitter), and can be accessed via iPhone or Android apps, as well as the plain-old web.

For the VGAs, Philo will be giving away a pretty sweet batch of prizes to those who participate. World Exclusive Premiere Badges based on the games to be revealed at the show are up for grabs, as is some VGA gear. The big one, though, is the Ultimate Xbox 360 Kinect Starter Pack, which includes the 4GB 360 in addition to a Kinect sensor and two games. Not a bad deal for tuning into something you were already going to watch anyway, huh?

Interested gamers will need to sign up for a free Philo account (if they haven’t already) and hit the big yellow “Check In” button on Philo’s Spike TV Video Game Awards 2010 landing page. Every comment that users push out to either their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts qualifies as an additional entry. The page is already live, and users can check in right now, so any interested gamers out there shouldn’t waste any time getting started.

Spike’s 2010 VGAs are turning into a veritable clearing house of game announcements and premieres, and will feature the debut of the Character of the Year category. First time host Neil Patrick Harris will be presiding over an event that will bring the world its first real look at Uncharted 3, Bioware’s next game, and whatever the hell that “Murder Your Maker” thing turns out to be. The program is all but required viewing for dedicated gamers, no matter their opinion of the nominated titles, or whether they think the awards are actually good for gaming.

Are any of you Ranters not planning on watching the VGAs? For those who do plan to watch, are you  going to try to win some of these prizes?

The Spike TV Video Game Awards will air live, December 11, 2010, at 8:00 PM EST (5:00 PM PST) on Spike TV.

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