Typically E3 is the most exciting time of the year for me next to Christmas, but this year I just can’t do it. I mean, I’ll watch the videos and all as they stream, but I honestly just don’t care much about it. Which is strange, because this E3 could be the most different.
I’ve been following the event online for almost a full decade now. Hell, I remember grabbing ten 30 second video clips of Area 51, putting them into a single file in Windows Movie Maker and uploading them onto my own server for people to see. And God DAMN was that content low resolution. Yet over the years I’ve become more and more disinterested in videos, and now I’m finally sick of it all. I can’t stand hype, and that’s what E3 is all about.
Now, I’m sure there will be some stuff I’ll be excited about. Hell, watching the demonstrations for Nata-I mean, Kinect (yes, Microsoft, let’s be edgy and spell words totally incorrectly to seem Apple-Clever) and Move should hopefully get my mind wondering on the possibilities of each device as a proper gaming tool.
Yet in the end, I’ve found that I enjoy games the most when I know almost nothing going in. Maybe I’ll check out the announcement trailer or have heard a bit about it before hand, but the only game I followed religiously up until release lately was Brutal Legend, and it is the only game that delivered. Meanwhile, there was no avoiding the hype of Bayonetta, and while I only just finished the first chapter (which was also the GameX demo level) I must say I’m not impressed. It’s not a bad game, but the way people were reacting I was nearly expecting my 360 to transform into Bayonetta herself and get a lap dance.
Then again, considering her awkward proportions, posture and exaggerated movements, something tells me I’d be too focused on how weird she looks to be turned on anyway.
I’d love to attend E3. What I’d really want is the opportunity to play all of the games and give proper feedback to the developers. Part of me would love it for the social atmosphere as well, but honestly, I’m too introverted to even randomly start talking to people in a giant gaming event (well, not completely true: I can work some guts up to talk to strangers, but it takes a lot). I would just want to play all the games, and not even for the bragging rights. Just to see what is going to be exciting, what titles might be slipping past the radar that people should look out for, and then some.
Maybe I should try and figure out a way to E3 next year. I’m actually wondering if I should figure out a way to PAX West, even though the plane ticket would be nuts and I’m not sure I have any friends that could let me crash. Still, it’s worth a thought, especially since VGXPO and GameX aren’t happening again for whatever reason.
But sitting from a computer with nothing but hype and “Dude our product is so awesome you should TOTALLY pay $60 for it”, I can’t help but want to sigh and just play games during that time instead of watching videos that will pretty much be lying to me about their product.
Not to mention that I already know Blizzard won’t be announcing Metal Arms 2, StarCraft: Ghost revived and LucasArts won’t be mentioning Republic Commando 2. I’d love for any of those games to exist, but no. They won’t. Ever.