Tech2.com writes: E3 has become nothing more than a a glorified business expo where giant corporations rudely shove their sales figures in your face, pretend to care about your needs and then proceed to completely side step you for the casual gamer.
He has a point. With the Internet and new tech in general, its HARD to keep secrets in the gaming industry. Sites like N4G get more popular by the day, and eventually, most informed gamers will already know about E3's megatons way in advance.
E3 is the Super Bowl for gamers. Without it we'd be watching youtube videos and listening to falseinfo from fan bloggers all year long. I remember not too long before the age of the internet as a gamer you had to get every piece of nuggets of info was a few monthly gaming mags. Every year I couldn't wait for the E3 edition of EGM. Fast forward and we are watching the conferences on Spike, G4TV, and the internet. We get the I hate E3 fan blog articles every year, before and after E3. This guy is trying to pass off that everyone though Microsoft and Sony were going to reveal new hardware this year. Who in their right mind thought that? Yup the conferences could have been better, but if you hate it don't watch it. For the rest us..it's the one time the world and press stops to celerate what gaming has to offer. And when a conference actually disappoints...there's always next year and the excitment and speculation will return (as it ALWAYS does) Evil
lol..excuse all the typos..was in a rush
Or now instead of watching the conferences you can catch the fan bloggers updates with a bit more accuracy since it seems they are strongly promoted now at E3.
Yeah, I watch the press conference as if it is a movie :P so I hate it when sites like Kotaku spoil everything.
I have to say, this E3 was one of the worst, most hilariously boring conventions ever, despite showing some cool trailers, revealing a hardcore Wii, and unveiling Vita, there wasnt really anything Megaton.
i thought uncharted 3 was megaton.
It was expected...plus its Uncharted, would you really consider it NOT to be amazing?
@Quagmire Apparently 3 people actually thought it was going to look shit, who would have thought.
Oh what, does my pointing out your anonymous, fanboyish and chicken-shit disagrees make no sense and resemble some neanderthal’s grunting disapproval offend you? Aww, didums.
Have I ever told you... the meaning of insanity? -End statement
Eh, I wouldnt call the Wii360S3U hardcore yet. But i agree E3 was very underwhelming. Also agree there wasnt anything "megaton".
Yea this one wasnt all that great but goodness you cant expect every E3 to be like 2005, 2007, and 2009. I still like E3. And now that we're pushing into the next generation I expect that next years will be great.
E3 is getting boring Cause all they do year after year is show the same things (in concept) over and over again.
"E3 has become nothing more than a a glorified business expo" Well duh,are these companies not in it for the money? Sorry but I thought that was the main point of business,perhaps I am missing something? Nothing has changed,E3 has always been about generating business,you can look through rose tinted glasses all you want but business is business,I am fine with that,thought microsoft,sony an nintendo all had somthing intresting to show.
The larger a creative industry becomes, the more it becomes centered around chasing the mass market at the expense of creativity. When it's sufficiently small it can make unique and interesting games catering to a niche. Once it gets big enough, the only way it can sustain returns is by gearing design towards safe mass market products. If you look at movies, the name of the game for years has been to tick at least 2 of 4 demographics, of young male/female and adult male/female. Notice how tons of action flicks have a love angle thrown in? There's your reason why. This is also exactly why E3 now feels more like a business expo. They were always motivated by money, now there's just much more pressure to do so and the design and variety of titles on offer reflects that.
Uncharted 3,gears of war 3,a disney kinect game,various move titles,the wiiU itself,i spy variety and inovation... I do understand where you are coming from,but creativity aint dead,not the way it is in the film industry,we now have more delopers/choice than ever,and even if the gamed industry ends up exactly the same as the film indusry we will stiil have break through titles like the the film industry-inception,the dark night etc...
Uncharted 3 - It looks pretty and is probably fun to play but there is nothing original about it whatsoever. Gears of War 3 - Again, what exactly is original about it? I don't follow the series but baring some completely unexpected and daring gameplay addition it seems like every other 3rd person shooter out there. Kinect - I can only laugh at it. It does have its originally but it's like if I was a car aficionado and they released an original moped. Move titles - My guess is they'll either be aimed at the casual audience or will be adapted to mainstream titles where they were be a hugely inferior controller choice. I was optimistic about Move being a solid alternative to a controller perhaps too optimistic but so far its not turning out this way at all. Wii U - The augmented reality stuff it does has been done on Nintendo's handhelds. Okay fine, it is nice you can play it as a handheld at home away from the TV, but does it enhance my gaming experience? Not really, it makes it more convenient, possibly. The 'lets stick the interface on the controller screen' won't work for multiplayer or anything fast paced. I bought a Logitech keyboard with a tiny LCD back when they came out and thought that's what I'd use it for too. Completely impractical in reality to avert your eye in anything like a multiplayer FPS, even if it is a bit bigger, it won't make a difference. I see smidgens of variety at best. Even you I'm sure have to admit that the industry at the moment is dominated by really 2 things: 1 - 1st/3rd person shooters. 2 - Motion control.
1st class whinge article i like it.
Well i bet e3 was mega fun for the millions who attended it, but yeah i kinda of suspect it b/c there has to be highs and lows, no way they can keep topping each e3 year after year.
It's true: 1 - The big name publishers and console companies are more and more chasing the mass market. They're pushing the media entertainment and pick up and play motion control aspect far more heavily than before. If anyone remembers last E3 and how when they announced Kinect, the overwhelming response from gaming journos was along the lines of 'why are they spending so much time showing off the gimmicky kinektimals, the media integration ... and why is there a Cirque du Soleil performance at the expense of showing off the real gaming titles to go along with it?'. Those gaming titles are barely trickling out now. This is the norm from now on. 2 - Sequelitis. I can't think of a new gaming franchise I heard about for the first time from this year's E3 that I am now really interested in. Hell the only games I genuinely care about are Deus Ex 3 (remake, and isn't a the 234389 title in a series of annual sequels), and The Last Guardian (not a sequel). Back 3 to 5 years ago, every E3 had a whole heap of new series titles to announce. Slowly but surely, gaming is going down the drain pipe, with safe franchises, and minimal changes between iterative sequels. If you need any proof, look at IWs comment that they intend to keep MW3s combat as close as possible to MW2. The name of the game is big budget, safe releases with a new slab of paint and marginally improved graphics/engine some of the time. Frankly I'm almost surprised CoD Elite raised such a fuss. Activision is just recalibrating their cash flow. Instead of paying a lump sum each year, you'll now also be paying a monthly fee. Having a "what's the fuss all about" attitude to this is something I'd expect from the joe sixpack gamer but the fact people here don't seem to care about all this reflect that most people here are too young to know how much more innovative the industry used to be.
They are catering to the "Casual" because of fools like yourselves. It's babies like you and sissy gaming journalists like Michal Mcwhirter out there begging for "innovative" (casual) games. In a high girl-like voice, "oh, I'm looking forward to Kirby's Epic Yarn," says Mcwhirter. And you all begging for Kinect support and move support. It's all Bull#[email protected]&!! Just give me a beer and a controller plus a big tv and I'm good. I don't want to be dancing around like a pansy. I want to see blood, guts with awesome graphics in mature situations! You get what you ask for! Sissies! Now we don't even judge E3 like we used too. Now we say, "'A 'for microsoft because they catered to the audience they wanted too. They are targeting the casual audience, therefore they are doing everything right." And sissies like you guys out there eat it up! Microsoft's conference this year was for 3 year olds!!! Where are the hard core gamers thesedays? Enjoy! You're ruining gaming. Thanks.
I don't agree with everything you said..but LMFAO @ the 'Kirby's Epic Yarn' joke...1000% true.. Evil
Great article. This year was boring to watch live. Not a single surprise other then Halo 4 which was rumored for a while and then only got a teaser trailer. Why did Sony show inFamous 2 when it was being released the next day? Even the Wii U, we saw that picture of the controller like 3 months ago and then Nintendo announces it, and shows NO games actually running on it. Disappointment.
I am writing an article called "Why i don't care about what you care about" ...
The internet kinda ruins the suprise of E3's past. Though I have to say on the gaming side I'm gettin kinda let down. Its all sequel after sequel and don't even get me started with nintendo. Their Nostalgia cradit is running out and they'll need something new becides rereleases and remakes of games I played 50 bilion times. The Wii U I can't see as being hardcore either. Its about time we as gamers started supporting more ambitious titles and developers.
The problem with E3 is that it has two-faces. theres the face that the mass general public sees. The press conferences, the numbers all the chest pumping, etc. Then there the side that the "IN" crowd gets to experience first hand, the games, the sights and sounds. I got into the show this year for the second time in three years and it was great for me. Getting to see a bunch of games that I wouldn't normally see or play was great, seeing the booth babes first hand, seeing everything was great. Put it this way, have you ever been to a car show or any type of show where you went just to look at what was coming out, (Boat, Motorcycle, tattoo, Etc). That's what E3 was for me, I got to see and play games that I wouldn't have known about otherwise, because the gaming press only prints blockbusters and a few if any of the smaller lesser known titles. Like for example for me I got really excited about Dragon's nest from Nexon and a game called Skulls of the shogun from a three man developer that escapes my mind right now, plus I got to try out Street fight X Tekken for about 3 hours throughout the 3-days. I don't understand how somebody can say they love the industry and videogames then bitch about E3. If all you saw was the press conferences and what was shown through the internet than you really missed out, but if you went to the show and love videogames and industry I really don't know how you can actually hate it, it was fun being there. I mean to put it bluntly porn is not real sex nor is it a substitute for real sex, if you haven't experienced it you really don't know what your missing.
the writer wants a new playstation every year lolz Playstation 2011 Playstation 2012 Playstation 2013 its not iphone dude its fucking console which will only release after 5/6 years. We have seen Uncharted 3 and Golden Abyss,PS Vita,Assassins Creed Revelations, Gears of War 3, tomb Raider & on and on What the f***ing else u want
I dont really see the issue. I was never a fan of E3 and most likely never will because we get scraps of information; then everyone starts uninformed debates of illogical logic. Like the WiiU is going to fail, but honestly how much do we even know about it?! People said the same of the Move last year which is all but dead now a days. Moving more so on topic... while you can expect X and Y it's not really the shock of "Halo 4", but the concept of what it will bring. I think the new mario for the 3DS is a good example of a obvious fact with an interesting bit of promise.
"Like the WiiU is going to fail, but honestly how much do we even know about it?!" well, we know it's a over grown DS and it's stupid.This is the first time i am excited about a handheld(3DS) more then a console(WiiU).
Seemed to work wonders for apple with the Ipad...
yeah well who knows,but im not likeing this -__- im not really into that ipad shit so..
Off topic here but, why the fuck is Family Guy the thumbnail...ah yes it attracts readers like moth to a flame, this article is so stupid once again I have to question how the hell it got approved.
I stilly enjoy the shows.
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