For the people watching E3 at home, this year’s show seemed rather lackluster. Sure there were some highlights to be had from all the major press conferences, but overall reaction to the show has been somewhat negative. Is this fair? To an extent it is, but it’s also the problem when you aren’t actually at E3 physically. The people at home are pretty much subjugated to watching the major press conferences and not much else. Even if you follow the major gaming news sites, it can be difficult to get a handle on all of the games that are being shown on the E3 expo floor. There were definitely some standout games to be had, and even some new intellectual properties that are going to make the last year or so of this console generation a real joy.
This brings me to the title of this week’s Podcast; Too Much Crap, Not Enough Cool. We definitely don’t mean it to sound like, everything was really shitty at the show. Most certainly not. What we didn’t like overall was that the major players of the gaming industry decided to dedicate a lot of time to things that we either already going to buy, or just don’t care about. There were plenty of things that would have been new or interesting, but for whatever reason that just didn’t get enough screen time.
Our prediction from a few weeks ago that this would be a very odd E3 rang true. We are still about 1-2 years away from next-generation consoles and most companies are trying to play it safe in the interim. Don’t devote too many resources to a dangerous endeavor because you don’t want to spend too much money on a new game that will come out at the end of a console’s lifecycle. It makes sense, but it also means that we’re in for a lot of sequels and games that we’ve seen before.
Let us know what you though of E3 this year in the comments section below. Give us your highlights, lowlights and everything in between!
Show Topics By Time
- Shameless Plug – Talk of Mr. Khon’s Steampunk World’s Fair review & Joey V’s Dark Souls Full Play | 00:04:10
- Games – General feeling of E3 | 00:09:54
- Games – Microsoft presser impressions | 00:18:00
- Games – Highs & Lows of EA & Ubisoft | 00:43:57
- Games – The WONDER of Sony | 01:09:10
- Games – We think Nintendo dropped the ball | 01:37:02