Submitted by dbjj12088 471d ago | opinion piece

Why E3 Is Terrible For Video Games: Overpromises, Promises

GR: "In this (brief) series of articles leading up to gaming's Electronic Entertainment Expo, we'll look at why E3 is bad and why you should feel bad. Outside of the insane marketing budgets and globe-spanning levels of hype, what does E3 really do for the video game industry?" (Culture, E3, Industry)

alexcosborn  +   471d ago
Yeah man, E3 blows.
doctorstrange  +   471d ago
Countdown clocks!
alexcosborn  +   471d ago
Countdown clocks that countdown to countdown clocks.
Relientk77  +   471d ago
^This, because I had to read it twice to understand it lol
knifefight  +   471d ago
Giant Enemy Crabs.
SKUD  +   471d ago
Avatar shoe bottoms.
Irishguy95  +   471d ago
"Historical battles"
*Giant crab jumps out

MS E3's were dreadfully hilarious the last couple of years. Specially the kinect one. This E3 should be amazing though. Ps4 and Nextbox? Yes/
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linkenski  +   471d ago
Excellently put. You get a "well said" for that!
Loki86  +   471d ago
Yet every year people like the OP flock to their computer anxiously waiting for the next conference to transpire.
Godmars290  +   471d ago
That's because more and more the promises made aren't kept. Games a being shown off too early only to either be scaled back or canceled outright.

Just like Metacritic rather than actual sales are being used to judge games, at one time E3 was being used to determine when a game released.
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colonel179  +   471d ago
Exactly. They now show games for the sake of showing something and "win" E3, only to pretend they never existed. Agent shouldn't have been announced, Final Fantasy Versus XIII either. The Last Guardian had to be shown because it was leaked by Playstation Lifestyle, but it was clearly too early.

Not only that, but because they want to make an impression, they announce things way beyond what they end up being. Killzone 2 trailer, Kinect, etc.

E3 should be about upcoming games for the year (June to June) not more. There are a lot of games that are announced and come out 2 to 3 years later, and are shown at 2 or 3 E3, so why reveal it then and not wait until the year when it would come out?
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MikeMyers  +   471d ago

I totally agree and don't worry about the disagrees. Some people obviously take offense to your games you listed even though it's true. If a game is scheduled to come out in a year then show it off. Don't show CGI trailers or just a logo like The Agent so that you hope people are talking about your system. Don't show demonstrations like Milo that never materialize.

I want to see real gameplay. I also want to see more accountability with release dates. E3 usually just leads to a pissing contest for fanboys to pick a winner. Year after year we get sucked in thinking it will be great and most times it's filled with embarrassing moments and bad pacing. Then you have speakers who look like they've never held a controller in their lives acting like what they are showing is awesome.

More real gameplay, more accountability (games that will actually ship in the near future)and more surprises. That's what I want to see.
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KwietStorm  +   471d ago
Man is it human nature to try to fine something bad about every anything good? Or is it just an internet thing?
knifefight  +   471d ago
Actually yes, psychologists have found that humans are drawn to negativity 5 times as much as positivity.

That's why TV and paper news is mostly bad news too.
Hicken  +   471d ago
Yeah, it's a human thing, alright. One of the suckier things we do.
MirandaCB  +   471d ago
I think E3 is good for smaller/indie game developers trying to show the hard work they've done on their game to get it known. When it comes to bigger developers and producers, it becomes a competition with the past that rarely comes to fruition as they envision it.

Money vs. quality
taquito  +   471d ago
ahhhh e3.....where fake trailers and bullshots are shown, and the gullible gobble it up
Williamson  +   471d ago
Well I like E3. I always check gaming sites every 10 mins for new games announced, and especially love it when unexpected games get announced out of nowhere.
Soldierone  +   471d ago
It's help if we as gamers held people to their promises. Instead it becomes "meh whatever, here is an excuse to help get them out of it. Anyone that doesn't agree simply doesn't understand business!"

E3 shouldn't be like CES. CES is where IDEAS are introduced, and E3 is literally marketing a product.... If that product never comes, tell them they messed up. Instead we just let it all fly under radar. What happened to that one game? Oh who knows, whats coming out next month?
Tei777  +   471d ago
E3 is my most anticipated event of the year, it doesn't matter that it falls short of most of my lofty expectations... So do most other things that are highly anticipated.
babis1974  +   471d ago
i love e3!
LAWSON72  +   471d ago
I love e3 just because it is that one huge week that gets you excited for future games
isarai  +   471d ago
LOL stop riding the hype train, you're the one hurting the game industry for setting your expectation so damn high based on nothing but baseless speculation.

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