Long name, simple message: Giant Bomb's E3 coverage was superb this year and I want to give them props.
I planned a vacation in June, so I decided to match it up with E3. First time in a couple years where I got to watch their streams live, and they have this format locked down. I'm 30 and don't have time to follow every single stage demo or interview, so GB has been a very efficient way for me to consume this thing.
- Press conference commentary, I see the the presentation while listening to analysis at the same time. A two-for-one idea!
- Guests, you have people coming in to share impressions, stories, and then get to interview devs and executives within the span of one segment. These night shows have everything you need.
- The Youtube streaming has been a godsend. I don't use Twitch much, but I had my PS4 streaming all this at home. In the span of the night shows, I painted my living room, worked out a bunch, cleaned my house, and did my daily Spelunky challenges. Streaming on my phone or laptop was simpler and I'm glad they embraced it this year.
- Giant Thrones, I feel like I finally understand what's going on there.
What I'm trying to say is that their coverage has become intelligently-designed in recent years. Phil called the crew professional, and they can deny it, but the whole presentation of the content has become extremely smooth. The only downside? I feel like some of those breaks between segments are too damn long. One night, I watched a full episode of Raw during the break periods, in fact. Sure there are reasons for it, but one of the nights went from 7 to 2 over here and I wish they could cut it down just a bit.
Anyway, good work crew. Jeff really killed it, an iron man on camera. The rest of the team, on camera, behind the scenes, posting stuff, modding, it all seemed to go off without a hitch. It wasn't a game-changing E3, but the coverage here is just as interesting to me as the actual news is. Looking forward to the next one, might need to take that week off, too!