E3 2011: Get Hype

Posted by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

I don’t know about you folks but I find it hard to believe that we’re now so close to E3 2011. For me it’s an event where for a small handful of days I go all-out nuts and spend the large majority of my free time immersed in the hours of coverage, the flashy press conferences, and the reams of news which pour forth from the internet. While the industry seems to be getting better at spacing out their game releases over the year, for obvious reasons a huge amount of the gaming news is still precision-focused on this one tiny part of the year and it makes for a thrilling, if not slightly overwhelming week of games journalism.

Me and E3

I'm only too thankful to be able to see more of this.

I latched onto E3 back in my early teens around the same time I first discovered Gamespot, the site which became my first real hub for everything video games. Back when I first encountered it I was fairly detached from the industry and had little idea what any of the games they were showcasing were, let alone the nature of the expo itself, but I remember a distinct feeling of excitement and right now I find few things quite as enthralling and joyous as E3. For the past few years the Giant Bomb coverage has certainly helped enhance the experience as well; I think the atmosphere of their podcast and videos has been at some of its best when set against the backdrop of those four days of interactive entertainment insanity. Props to the GB crew and all the other hard-working journalists out there foregoing sleep in the coming week to bring us coverage of the event.

Unfortunately, I’ve also found that E3 has been a time for the console fanboys to make themselves known... I mean more than usual. Luckily we’re not plagued with such things here on Giant Bomb but elsewhere and most memorably for me, at Gamespot, E3 would whip some users into a frenzy of immaturity, insults, and delusion in their “my box of circuit boards is better than your box of circuit boards” squabble. I know, I should just avoid those sites, but it seems a rather sad state of affairs when we have to seclude ourselves completely from some of the most prominent gaming communities because they have been overtaken by a surge of misguided fourteen year olds and grown men acting like misguided fourteen year olds, but as we know this is all part of a larger issue which it’s not worth getting into right now.

What I’m Looking Forward Too

Artist's mock-up of possible Wii 2 controller layout.

So, what am I interested most in this year? Well, not that I’m really aiming to purchase them, but purely from the standpoint of curiosity I’m interested to see what kind of a presence 3D technology makes at the show this year, what non-gaming services (if any) the big three will be adding to or modifying on their consoles, and where “casual gaming” goes from here. I just don’t know what Sony’s next step will be after the disappointing sales of the Move and it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft plan to build on the success of the Kinect. That’s before we even start thinking about Nintendo who, according to various different rumours have built a console with HD capability, a Blu-Ray player, a DVD player, a hard-drive, motion controls, a conventional controller, a touch screen, a camera, and an outdoor patio. It’ll be worth tuning in just to see what rumours are true.

As for products I may actually plan to exchange money for, the first three games that jump to mind are Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and Bioshock Infinite, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to ogle in the coming days. One of the things I always look forward to most in E3 though is the surprises, those big announcements that you weren’t expecting, and the press conferences are chock full of them. In fact speaking of surprises and press conferences I often feel that there’s a wonderful underlying bizarreness to E3 which is never fully acknowledged by most journalism outlets. Perhaps it’s a side-product of something to do with the games industry as a whole, but taking last year alone as an example, even ignoring the still baffling Konami spectacle, we had Cirque du Soleil doing a performance based around the Kinect, a Microsoft rep taking an Xbox out of another Xbox, GLaDOS assuming control of the Sony press conference, Nintendo showcasing a video where an evil Reggie trapped Miyamoto and Iwata inside a 3DS, the Ubisoft press conference featuring a laser gun battle, the Ubisoft press conference spontaneously breaking into dance at the end, Skittles, and much more. While I’m really following the event for the games and console announcements I also can’t wait to see more of the almost unintentional madness that comes along with E3 this year.

They Mean Business

As indicated by Reggie's dapper suit, it's business time.

Oh, and not to end on too much of a downer here but one thing has fairly consistently come up at each E3, which has been a bit of an issue among even us Giant Bombers. With presentations of games being shown in more than one press conference, companies worrying about demographics we’re not a part of and a whole host of other issues, the press conferences can occasionally fall into pockets of boredom. If you find parts of the press conferences or even stuff on the show floor a little bland and uninteresting there’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinion (I know I will), but remember that it’s not necessarily a mistake on the manufacturer’s/producer’s/developer’s part. E3 is a fantastic chance for us to see some of the most exciting gaming software and hardware in development, but it is primarily a business event, and as such the main goal of the companies there is to show their business partners and investors what they need to see. Just something to keep in mind.

Duder, It’s Over

Anyway, I shall keep you no longer, we have all a very interesting week ahead of ourselves. Thanks for reading, good luck, and get hype.

-Gamer_152

Moderator
#1 Posted by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

I don’t know about you folks but I find it hard to believe that we’re now so close to E3 2011. For me it’s an event where for a small handful of days I go all-out nuts and spend the large majority of my free time immersed in the hours of coverage, the flashy press conferences, and the reams of news which pour forth from the internet. While the industry seems to be getting better at spacing out their game releases over the year, for obvious reasons a huge amount of the gaming news is still precision-focused on this one tiny part of the year and it makes for a thrilling, if not slightly overwhelming week of games journalism.

Me and E3

I'm only too thankful to be able to see more of this.

I latched onto E3 back in my early teens around the same time I first discovered Gamespot, the site which became my first real hub for everything video games. Back when I first encountered it I was fairly detached from the industry and had little idea what any of the games they were showcasing were, let alone the nature of the expo itself, but I remember a distinct feeling of excitement and right now I find few things quite as enthralling and joyous as E3. For the past few years the Giant Bomb coverage has certainly helped enhance the experience as well; I think the atmosphere of their podcast and videos has been at some of its best when set against the backdrop of those four days of interactive entertainment insanity. Props to the GB crew and all the other hard-working journalists out there foregoing sleep in the coming week to bring us coverage of the event.

Unfortunately, I’ve also found that E3 has been a time for the console fanboys to make themselves known... I mean more than usual. Luckily we’re not plagued with such things here on Giant Bomb but elsewhere and most memorably for me, at Gamespot, E3 would whip some users into a frenzy of immaturity, insults, and delusion in their “my box of circuit boards is better than your box of circuit boards” squabble. I know, I should just avoid those sites, but it seems a rather sad state of affairs when we have to seclude ourselves completely from some of the most prominent gaming communities because they have been overtaken by a surge of misguided fourteen year olds and grown men acting like misguided fourteen year olds, but as we know this is all part of a larger issue which it’s not worth getting into right now.

What I’m Looking Forward Too

Artist's mock-up of possible Wii 2 controller layout.

So, what am I interested most in this year? Well, not that I’m really aiming to purchase them, but purely from the standpoint of curiosity I’m interested to see what kind of a presence 3D technology makes at the show this year, what non-gaming services (if any) the big three will be adding to or modifying on their consoles, and where “casual gaming” goes from here. I just don’t know what Sony’s next step will be after the disappointing sales of the Move and it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft plan to build on the success of the Kinect. That’s before we even start thinking about Nintendo who, according to various different rumours have built a console with HD capability, a Blu-Ray player, a DVD player, a hard-drive, motion controls, a conventional controller, a touch screen, a camera, and an outdoor patio. It’ll be worth tuning in just to see what rumours are true.

As for products I may actually plan to exchange money for, the first three games that jump to mind are Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and Bioshock Infinite, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to ogle in the coming days. One of the things I always look forward to most in E3 though is the surprises, those big announcements that you weren’t expecting, and the press conferences are chock full of them. In fact speaking of surprises and press conferences I often feel that there’s a wonderful underlying bizarreness to E3 which is never fully acknowledged by most journalism outlets. Perhaps it’s a side-product of something to do with the games industry as a whole, but taking last year alone as an example, even ignoring the still baffling Konami spectacle, we had Cirque du Soleil doing a performance based around the Kinect, a Microsoft rep taking an Xbox out of another Xbox, GLaDOS assuming control of the Sony press conference, Nintendo showcasing a video where an evil Reggie trapped Miyamoto and Iwata inside a 3DS, the Ubisoft press conference featuring a laser gun battle, the Ubisoft press conference spontaneously breaking into dance at the end, Skittles, and much more. While I’m really following the event for the games and console announcements I also can’t wait to see more of the almost unintentional madness that comes along with E3 this year.

They Mean Business

As indicated by Reggie's dapper suit, it's business time.

Oh, and not to end on too much of a downer here but one thing has fairly consistently come up at each E3, which has been a bit of an issue among even us Giant Bombers. With presentations of games being shown in more than one press conference, companies worrying about demographics we’re not a part of and a whole host of other issues, the press conferences can occasionally fall into pockets of boredom. If you find parts of the press conferences or even stuff on the show floor a little bland and uninteresting there’s nothing wrong with voicing your opinion (I know I will), but remember that it’s not necessarily a mistake on the manufacturer’s/producer’s/developer’s part. E3 is a fantastic chance for us to see some of the most exciting gaming software and hardware in development, but it is primarily a business event, and as such the main goal of the companies there is to show their business partners and investors what they need to see. Just something to keep in mind.

Duder, It’s Over

Anyway, I shall keep you no longer, we have all a very interesting week ahead of ourselves. Thanks for reading, good luck, and get hype.

-Gamer_152

Moderator
#2 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

Oh, I'm hype.

#3 Posted by RecSpec (3763 posts) -

This will be the first E3 where I have all current systems (bought a Wii and 360 in August, built a gaming computer in September).

Also, last e3 I was bedridden with a damn illness, so this year should be awesome.

#4 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

Your E3 Predictions tweets are cracking me up. Keep it up, dude ;)

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#5 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@100_Hertz said:

Oh, I'm hype.

I'm game
#6 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6087 posts) -

Nice to see someone who gets as excited about this shit as I do. I've got pizza, beer, and plenty of time on my hands over the next few days, so I'm pretty stoked.

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#7 Posted by TooWalrus (13136 posts) -

My box has MORE circuit boards, though. I'm already hype, I got lucky this year, the press conferences just happen to fall on my two days off, how rad is that?

#8 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -
I like reading what you type so you sir are followed. I am super excited for the coverage this week and my most hyped game for this e3 is bioshock infinite can't wait to hear more on that.
#9 Posted by RagingLion (1363 posts) -

I find myself to have pretty much the same attitude and outlook on E3 as you've expressed here.  Definitely looking out for those surprises and just ridiculous moments while so many eyes are centred on this single event.

#10 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

When E3 rolls around, I feel like a kid in a candy store. I'm pretty damn hyped.

#11 Posted by Gamer_152 (14051 posts) -

@Ahmad_Metallic said:

@100_Hertz said:

Oh, I'm hype.

I'm game

I'm Gamer.

@RecSpec: @Sparky_Buzzsaw: @TooWalrus: @RagingLion: @Claude: Glad to hear you guys are hyped, we're gonna have a baller E3.

@laserbolts: Thanks for the follow. Yeah, I'm excited about Bioshock Infinite too, it certainly looks very aesthetically impressive and I'm expecting the gameplay to be pretty good, the only thing that does worry me is where they can go with a politically-based storyline after the past two Bioshock games tackled objectivism and socialism.

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#12 Posted by rmanthorp (3875 posts) -

AWWWWWWWW  SSSHHHHHIIITTTTTTTTTTT 
 
The time draws nigh!

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#13 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@Gamer_152 said:

@Ahmad_Metallic said:

@100_Hertz said:

Oh, I'm hype.

I'm game

I'm Gamer.


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#14 Posted by RJay_64 (631 posts) -

It was so crowded there...I didn't get a chance to try out the Wii U yet  :(

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