Gamer Roulette: Quick Guide To E3
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As a quick form of reference, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is an annual fair for game news of all sorts. Game companies come and present whatever they think will please the crowds, usually new games or console announcements, and the press eats it up so that fans can get all the news as quickly as possible. The convention is being held in the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 5th through June 7th.
The main show floor holds all of the booths, demos, models, and swag. Each major company puts up what they can and tries to get the most attention for their biggest announcements. The ways of going about such a task have varied from publisher to publisher, usually in epic proportions. Booth babes were once a popular crowd pleaser, dressing up models as game characters to provide more awareness, but were eventually prevented along with public entrance to the expo due to the unruly nature of many fans, and then brought back at personal discretions through invites. Complimentary game related items and gift bags have also been given out, plus many level inspired show rooms were created to play demos and watch secret footage in, such as the Zelda ‚ÄúTwilight Princess‚ÄĚ inspired forest back in 2005.
Then there are the main conferences, where each big company shows everything they have to offer in one big swoop. Although several big name publishers that get their own spotlight for a while (Konami, EA, Ubisoft) the big three are those that have the consoles: Old and true Nintendo with their radical ideas that somehow always work regardless of how senile you think they‚Äôve become while they still manage to make you smile with a good classic tale, veteran Sony that thinks on its feet with something new but still safe, only willing to take chances on an idea that‚Äôs surefire anyways while ready to pull back when the world proves it‚Äôs not yet ready, and Microsoft, the original newcomer that wants to match its predecessors while also making a name for itself, which it pretty much has by now, ignoring their attempts at copying Nintendo‚Äôs innovations and taking Sony‚Äôs exclusive games, which really worked out better than their past E3 demonstrations would have you believe.
So what does all of this mean to the average gamer?
First up are the new games. Big titles that have been in development for a while have gotten and will continue to get some new trailers, some of which have already gone live, like the ‚ÄúTomb Raider‚ÄĚ reboot (which I‚Äôm particularly excited for), ‚ÄúKingdom Hearts 3D,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMetal Gear: Revengence,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúHitman: Absolution,‚ÄĚ and plenty more. There should also definitely be expectations for new info on ‚ÄúDeadspace 3,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúFar Cry 3,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAssassin‚Äôs Creed 3,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúHalo 4,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúResident Evil 6,‚ÄĚ and probably even Naughty Dog‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Last of Us,‚ÄĚ all with trailers or at least something new to go off of. Aside from more ‚ÄúTomb Raider‚ÄĚ announcements, I‚Äôm still hopefully expecting something big about ‚ÄúBioshock Infinite,‚ÄĚ but only time will tell.
Then there‚Äôs the consoles. Sony has allegedly been going on about a Playstation 4 in the works for a while and there‚Äôs speculation that the rumors will be put to rest this week. Will Sony outshine the inevitable groundbreaking news on Nintendo‚Äôs Wii U? Will Microsoft bring anything to the table? Will Valve possibly (though unlikely) wow everyone with a crazy console announcement? Again, hopefully these questions will all be answered.
And of course, there‚Äôs always a bunch of little games either new coming, newly translated, or just plain new, that are known as the hidden gems of E3. Along which will be terrible games that get ignored by most or made of fun by others, great games that you‚Äôll probably miss or not care about at a first glance, and live presentations to demonstrate whatever‚Äôs going up and out, be it casual gamers trying to show off that they‚Äôre as worthy as any hardcore level 99 expert mode master by using a new ‚ÄúKinect‚ÄĚ game, or hardcore gamers trying to grab the attention of the mainstream audience with their integrated level designs and core mechanics that won‚Äôt alienate anyone unless they‚Äôre not ready for 60+ hours of gameplay.
So stay tuned for any developments, and I‚Äôll be back with whatever news I can gather from the outskirts of the convention site (I wasn‚Äôt invited in).