So, these aren't "big" events. Employees leave and go off to new ventures very regularly. Especially in a small community such as the game industry, trust me. I've been a game dev for a decade now and staying at a company for more then 3 years is considered crazy or unheard of. There is always lots of moving around and getting better opportunities elsewhere. There isn't anything "going on" or any big conspiracy, it's just the nature of the business. And hell, it's not even unheard of in other industries either. It's just a common occurrence that just so happened around the same time. Not a big deal.
Yes, you are correct that people shuffling around is very common in the industry. But it seemed like, with people who are relevant to the Giant Bomb community, it's been a wave, not a constant drizzle, since E3. That's what had me shocked. And, to add to it, they are all separate events. It's not like a game just shipped and a bunch of people who worked on it took better opportunities elsewhere.
And, not to diminish what we do (I'm a programmer), but having journalists leave publications is a much bigger event to the public than people shifting from one company to another behind the scenes. Giant Bomb is proof that Games Journalism is, on one level or another, a personality driven business and the public will go where the personalities they like go, for the press is the connection the public has to the industry. Sure, that's not as true as it used to be, as Nintendo has their own people talking about their games on youtube and people trust content creators more and more, but that just speaks to how, those that are left with a piece of the pie on the journalism side have to be more and more personality driven to keep people interested in their work.
Like, just look at your twitter feed (if you have twitter, that is. Don't blame you if you don't...) and see all the people in this industry wishing him luck, from journalists to indie devs to AAA devs to fans.
Not exactly at the show either, but VA-11 Hall-A's final trailer is ??
The Bloodstained demo was super reassuring, especially hearing Romscout (the best speedrunner of the Castlevania series in the world) praise the game for how it feels and plays.
Yooka-Laylee's trailer was also really reassuring to see, though it looks rough in some parts and no one has really played it yet.
I loved the Agents of Mayhem cinematic's style, but was apprehensive on the game, but it looks like Volition basically took Saints Row and mashed it with Marvel vs. Capcom style team based gameplay and I'm so into that.
Shin Megami Tensei 4 was a great game, but it was really, really long and I have yet to finish it. So I wasn't really interested in it's sequel, Apocalypse, until I watch the two trailers from E3. That's right, two.
I was apprehensive about Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin until I saw this demo. Seeing all these characters that I know and love and knowing that the game will be a neat take on classic Adventure game puzzles might just be what sells me on PSVR.
I don't see much of a problem with this one, and I'm missing the 'little girl' angle too. Everyone seems to be up in arms about any flat chested women in a skimpy (sometimes even non-skimpy) outfits in games, they could just be a flat chested lady. It doesn't make them supposedly 12 years old or so...
Eh... I don't know if you've played the game but this character's height, behavior, and mannerisms are all also those of a child (with some secret "savvy" moments thrown in for the "but no guys she is really 1000" angle). Flat-chested mature female characters can certainly exist but it is very clear that is not what they were going for with this one.
Yeah, pretty much. Maybe it doesn't come off well in the picture because it's roughly the size of the sun (best picture I could find on short notice), but Nowi is very, very clearly supposed to be a child. Especially when you compare her to Taki, another, older Manakete.
I am fine with flat chested women being able to dress how they want if they approach it from an "empowering" angle and not a "sexual object" angle. Again, you do you girl. But this isn't that. Nowi is clearly a child wearing multiple pieces of lingerie that you could find at La Senza. And that's just creepy.