Saturday, June 18, 2016
I didn't see a whole lot to get excited about this year. Last Guardian finally has a release date, but that's been a long time coming. Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks nice, but the Amiibo stuff and NX cross-gen situation is kind of off-putting. Trailers for Oxygen not Included, Tacoma, and Death Stranding looked mildly intriguing, but there wasn't all that much footage shown so all three remain largely unknown quantities. Also, what is with all this "pre-order now!" garbage (not to mention "Fee-to-Pay" nonsense). At the very least wait until the game is closer to launch guys! Ordering now feels like a total sucker bet. Obviously, the best thing to do would be to wait until after the game has come out simply because there are way to many buggy and poorly-optimized games inundating the market these days to justify the risks.
Maybe I fell off the E3 hype train at some point, or maybe real life events have been intruding on my fantasies. That certainly is the case with Jim Sterling and his opinions about E3. Either way I'm definitely no longer the target audience for this sort of event. That's not to say I don't like trade shows...it's just that I would put GDC or even PAX well above the "merchants of cool" and their Electronic Entertainment Expo.