One thing that defines our industry is the almost tribal nature the platforms hold. On one side sits the already crowned kings of this Generation Sony with their expensive and brilliantly marketed PS4 whilst the wounded behemoth Microsoft slowly nurses it’s bruised but unbroken Xbox One back to health. Of course Nintendo showed up fashionably late, brandishing its self-proclaimed “COOL” whilst being stuck in sequel hell unable to gain any mainstream love it seems. Where is the might PC master race in all this? I’ll tell you where, sitting in their parent’s basement struggling to get their £1000 monster to boot up after filling it with pirated games. Coz you know PC gamers don’t actually need to pay for games they are just entitled to download them for free.
So the fallout from all this is the yearly “WHO WON E3” bullshit. The yearly dick wagging that takes place followed by the major industry sites running the same contest and giving out pointless awards for Best in show, best of E3 blah blah blah. None of this matters and does nothing but remove us further from the 10 course buffet laid on for us to gorge, binge and consume. From every angle we have cinematic trailers that would make Hollywood swoon, gameplay to wet our appetites and promises that even better games are coming.
To answer the yearly Bullshit question #1 “Who won E3 2014” is pretty obvious really, we did. Every single gamer on any platform (not PC) has wont the fucking jackpot. I’ve watched E3 for many years now and never before have the main 3 nailed it, got it spot on and just flat out delivered exactly not just what I want, but what gaming needs.
Sure viewers can point out the over reliance on established IP but that’s missing the point completely. For every The Last of us, there will be 5 COD games, 2 Halo games, 5 Mario Kart’s it’s just the way the industry goes. These Sequels keep us hooked, keep gaming in the spotlight so the wonderful experiences like TLU, Flower, No man’s Sky et al can innovate, deliver the unexpected and amaze us.
Seeing Halo at E3 was huge for Microsoft, Sony knew it was coming and had The Last of us ready and waiting and Nintendo had another Mario title. That’s 3 Epic franchises laid out for us what more could a gamer want?
This will of course be missed in the online shit fest that is IGN where sensible debate turns into a 3 sided argument of negativity and abuse. Sony, MS and Nintendo could have given their consoles away free and the trolls would still pick shit up and throw it at the walls. So for this one night\day ignore the comments section, don’t reply, pay them no attention just head online and enjoy the awesome spectacle that was E3 2014.
It’s great to be a gamer