E3 2016, Microsoft – Surprising, But Not Very

Now this one was really uneven. On one hand, it has a lot of the typical PR stuff like bringing on people to talk up your stuff, so that’s a strike against it. It felt very typical… but had some genuinely nice and surprising announcements!

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E3 2016, Bethesda – I Wish I Cared About Dishonored Enough

Am I the only one who finds it strange that Bethesda is hosting another E3 conference? Last year’s was absolutely justified because of Fallout 4, but how long will they keep doing this? I mean, what happens next year? If they announce Elder Scrolls VI, cool. But will they be able to maintain that hype train until its release? Say what you want about Fallout 4, but the marketing and timing of it all was on point. Unless Elder Scrolls VI releases next year, which it won’t, what can they really show? But I guess once you do one, you just gotta keep going. Continue reading “E3 2016, Bethesda – I Wish I Cared About Dishonored Enough”

Black Panther (2016) #2 Review

Here’s where things get messy. Christopher Priest’s Black Panther run’s big problem — aside from not having a movie to bring in big readership — was that it was very, very self-referential. It would’ve been a heavy read already, but with how focused it was on its own continuity and how necessary it was to read everything, as well as other works you probably never heard of, the longer it went, the more problematic this became. It seems Coates is going to have the same problem. Continue reading “Black Panther (2016) #2 Review”

E3 2016, EA Play – Mixed Bag, Because EA Is Run By Robots

This year’s E3 was a strange little thing. E3 has a reputation for being kind of a gigantic hype machine, and really, that’s kind of the point — the big companies are there to get you excited for their products. How they go about that differs, but that is the general goal. And this year, Sony really embraced E3 as a display of showmanship, and went all out in pushing to capture a sense of wonder in their audience. At the same time, they knew where to stop and there was minimal presenters and it was almost all straight-up trailers. It actually sold me on something. Anyway, I’m just going to give my quick impressions on the various conferences that I actually cared about (to varying degrees). Starting things off is EA!

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