E3 2017, EA — I’ve Never Seen a More Boring Conference

Yes, I’m late on this. But I’ve been busy-ish and getting ready for my Masters and, well, procrastinating. But I want to give my thoughts on the E3 conferences that I watched, and also have a reason to finish watching them. Because I do like E3. It’s a celebration of video games, when companies use some showmanship to get you hyped for their coming releases. Sure, I approach it with skepticism and like to watch people snark over it (Totalbiscuit this year), but I appreciate the idea of E3. Anyway, here are my thoughts on EA’s 2017 E3 conference. Continue reading “E3 2017, EA — I’ve Never Seen a More Boring Conference”

E3 2016, Sony – I am Now Planning to Get a Playstation Neo

Belated E3 impressions piece? I got you covered! I know, it’s really late. I got sick, then I got a new puppy and he was the neediest thing ever for the first two weeks, then I got (and still have) an ear infection that not only took away 75% of my hearing, but also casued immense pain, then uni started again… just not a good time. But I really wanted to do this one, even though already commited myself to doing the panels in the order they happened, so I followed through with whatever the last one was. Anyway, here we go.

So Sony was, in my opinion, the big winner of E3 2016. I’ve heard the argument that all they really did was show trailers which can be found on YouTube, but I think where Sony excels is just in sheer showmanship. E3 is the chance for publishers to market to us gamers, and Sony does it with such style that it’s impossible not to be caught up in the hype. Heck, I don’t even own a PS4 and I got hyped! Without further ado, here’s my impression of Sony’s E3 2016 conference. Continue reading “E3 2016, Sony – I am Now Planning to Get a Playstation Neo”

E3 2016, Ubisoft – Well That Was Embarassing

Yes, I know I’m pretty late on these, but life gets in the way sometimes. But I want to finish this, and I’m going to, no matter how much I procrastinate!

Ubisoft’s show as a whole would have been just predictable. But one heroic game decided to completely take the piss out of the same conference it was appearing in. And yes, it did make that game better but it also made Ubisoft look extra predictable. Continue reading “E3 2016, Ubisoft – Well That Was Embarassing”

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”

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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