I can't help it: I'm excited for E3. I know there's an expectation this will be a subdued year with no hardware reveals from Sony or Microsoft, and game reveals will lack impact because studios and publishers are waiting for the next generation of tech to unleash heavy hitters. I think being in this kind of transitional period is exciting, but that's not the reason I'm excited. Last June, for reasons that completely escape me, I downloaded my first Bombcast from iTunes and spent three hours listening to Gary Whitta, Stepto, E, and Jon Blow engage in one of the most interesting conversations about user experience, technology, and games in general. The next day, I heard David Jaffe be David Jaffe in a mostly unfiltered environment. I'd been a member here for a while, but that week's wild-ass decision to listen to the long-ass E3 podcasts got me hooked.
In the past year, I've listened to the Bombcast archives from the beginning through the first 20 minutes or so of E3 2010 Day 3 (If you've listened to this day's audio, you know why I stopped) and am planning to spend this week re-listening to the 2011 audio before getting back into the archives. I'm excited for E3 because despite the technical difficulties the staff has been fighting through, I trust them to find interesting guests who are outspoken, well spoken, or both to talk passionately about an industry that's on the verge of a generational shift yet still clinging to many remnants of the past in terms of design and the business model. I'm excited to hear Patrick during his first Giant Bomb E3 experience. I'm excited to watch these live, despite being on the East coast. I'm excited to learn the names of more people in the industry I should pay attention to because they're doing new or interesting things.
I hope there are new games, products, and initiatives introduced at E3 that interest me. If not, at least I'll be entertained after each day's show.EDIT: in relistening to the 2011 podcasts, I discovered Patrick had joined the staff last year. The lesson is, as always, I am an idiot.