E3: the gamer dream land. The home of the megaton and home of the fall and rise of booth babes.
E3 is an event that I have personally anticipated every single year since I heard of its existence. Even when the show paved its way to a “smaller, more intimate” Hell-form with good intentions, I still eagerly tuned into the live stream or live blog (yes, I am that old).
Even some years when there was no good buzz around potential announcements and even when that no-buzz ended up being a sad prophetic truth of a pathetic E3, I would still procure some satisfaction from the whole ordeal. Something about knowing that all gamers around the world were tuning in and reacting to the same events that I was was a unifying experience.
Yet this year, I have hardly even noticed as the time is swiftly drawing near.
It is not even that I have become jaded. I still consider myself a relative optimist of the game industry, though perhaps not so wide-eyed and naïve as I once was.
Maybe it is because I feel I am very aware of the games I am excited for, and many of them will not even arrive this year.
More likely it is because E3 was always most exciting during console announcements, and console announcements are certainly something that no longer excites me. I have a reputation among some Lusipurr.com staff members for loving things just because they are new and shiny. However, many of my preferences are threatened by the future of gaming.
Sure, I love digital downloads and welcome easier paths for people like me who prefer the option to download a title on occasion. However, motion controls do not appeal to me as a primary form of input. New consoles are sure to focus on innovation and new multimedia aspects instead of awesome new specs. While it is nice to have my PS3 also be my Blu-Ray player and to host Netflix, and I am aware that graphics are starting to plateau, I find myself nostalgic for the extra nerdy days when new consoles would try to out-badass each other with raw power. Even the goofy-looking Gamecube was a surprisingly powerful machine.
This year, Nintendo will essentially have to completely scrap the Wii U and reveal an entirely different console to make me interested at all.
So perhaps that is it, readers. E3 is a reminder that the days of old are gone. I do welcome progress and change, but sometimes it seems a little too fast and to be leaving a few gamers in the dust. Thanks for helping me sort that out, readers! You are always there for me. Now what about you? Looking forward to E3 this year? Any surprise announcements that you think are feasible? The only ones I can think of are definitely not feasible. I will never see Skies of Arcadia 2.