Pressurecast Ep. 55: Will E3 Become Obsolete?

With The Game Awards, Playstation Experience, and Nintendo Directs, are E3’s days numbered? Should company’s forego expensive booths and keynotes for direct-to-consumer shows? And was The Game Awards better than last year’s VGX?

Plus, we discuss all the news of the week including Street Fighter V, world premieres from The Game Awards, the new games unveiled at the Playstation Experience, and much, much more.

Plus, Colin and Brian give their hands-on impressions of The Crew, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Game of Thrones Ep. 1: Iron From Ice, Monopoly Plus, and Secret Ponchos.

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lodossrage1317d ago

It's hard to say. I'm not sure if it will be obsolete. But one thing is for sure, it is starting to lose its influence in the game industry.

With the companies doing their own mini shows not to mention other shows like Pax, Gamescon, and TGS, that leaves E3 with less content than it may have had if these events didn't exist.

Mikelarry1317d ago

Well said,

i just think like the other games shows that already exist e3 will not be the be all end all event like it used to be, as with this events the console owners can be alot more relaxed and concentrate on what items they want to announce rather than the pressure of " winning e3"

Eonjay1317d ago

No. E3 is a press event. Which is not to be confused with a consumer expo. And GameCom is a consumer event that grows every year.

lodossrage1317d ago

Traditionally, that's true. But in recent years things have been changing.

Haven't you notice that the other game shows have been getting their own keynotes and game reveals? The idea of press show and consumer show has been mixing together.

All the more reason E3 might lose some of the influence it has.

wonderfulmonkeyman1317d ago (Edited 1317d ago )

No, it's not going to become obsolete, because E3 has something more going for it than just the event itself.

E3, in and of itself, has become a sort of "yearly milestone" for the gaming industry.

It's not so much about how the events that happen during that time take place anymore; Nintendo's way of doing E3 for the past couple of years, with growing success each time as they mixed both in-person appearances and digital content on top of unusual stage performances like the Smash tournament, shows that just doing an on-stage show isn't the only way E3 can, or even should, be done every single time.

No, E3, now, has become more of an event that symbolizes what I like to think of as a traditional "gamer's holiday".

Regardless of what or how is brought to the show, when gamers hear the words E3, what comes through foremost is a sense of it being "that time of the year again".
A time when we become eager with anticipation, because we KNOW that it's the scheduled time in each year where we expect to be seeing many of the biggest and most influential showings from our favorite companies.

I mean, think about it; how many times, during discussions about what to look forward to on our favorite consoles, have we heard someone utter the words "just wait till E3 comes around again!"?
More than enough times, I'd think, to get across the point that E3 has transcended a mere event.

It's become, as I said before, a landmark in every year where gamers have become accustomed to anticipating the biggest bits of news and reveals for their beloved hobby.

It's not just a show; it's a yearly hype-raising phenomenon.
A land-mark where the industry's big-wigs gather to try and show us why we stick with them, and an event that basically just celebrates the games that make our hobby as wonderful as it is.

Granted, some years are better than others, and all 3 companies have had their stumbles at various E3's, but it's the spirit of E3 that allows it to continue to live on.
The promise it brings of new games and new reasons to stand up, smile, and say;

"I'm glad I'm a gamer!"