This week marks the occurrence of one of the most important convention in the gaming industry, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, which means the unearthing of a Pandora’s Box of games that will be coming out this fall and in the coming year.
For those of you who don’t know what E3 is, in short it is basically the Super Bowl of video games. I’m going to go as far to say it is the most important gaming conference in the world because of how many major unveilings and perpetrations are made by giants of the industry.
The entrance of the original PlayStation and Xbox into the industry was made at E3, Halo 2 made its single player debut at the conference and big names like Bill Gates and Shigeru Miyamoto, the mind behind Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, etc., have made it a point to visit the conference, just to name a few big things about the conference. E3 year after year continues to unveil the future of the industry and offer sneak peeks at titles that change the landscape of what is possible for games.
So why is this damn thing so important? It just showcases a bunch of new games.
Much like how the Super Bowl is a celebration for fans as well as serving as a competition to see who the best developers are. E3 is a chance for gamers to be up close and personal with the people who create the games they love and to see what new and exciting games await them in the upcoming years.
In a way the interactions of the fans and developers that make up the industry is the most important part of E3. The video game industry is a faceless industry, its stars are few and far between, Miyamoto is a face because of his legacy, but it is rare to see the ones who develop games in the limelight. In all actuality characters like Mario and Master Chief are your LeBron James and Tiger Woods of video games and represent the virtual world millions have come to love.
While industry developers celebrate with its fans over new titles the three big players, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, compete for market supremacy.
The completion which is held through press conferences competes for who will bring the next big thing to the gaming world. Last year the Kinect and Move were all the rage. It will be interesting to see what these three gaming giants do to woo the gaming world but I guess well know be the end of the week.
Keep an eye out later this week as I break down E3 after the conference closes its doors on 2012. For now here are the three things I want to see this E3 bring to the table this year.
Nintendo to come out strong
Nintendo hasn’t really been too strong in terms of appealing to the hardcore gaming audience this generation. The Wii has been lost in the fray of the fight for supremacy between the Xbox and PlayStation. The Wii relied too much on its motion controllers and less on depth in their games, besides its obvious platformers, and they suffered because of that. What Nintendo needs to do is to appeal to the hardcore gamers and give them games like Zelda and Mario without rehashing the same titles.
Nintendo needs a new game to lead the way into the next generation.
The Wii U will have a significant lead on Microsoft and Sony’s new consoles and they need to take advantage of that. The Wii appealed to a niche audience and it has suffered in game sales because of that. Yea the Wii sold well, but tell me how many game off of the Wii really mattered this generation? You can take that further and ask yourself besides Nintendo’s usual platformers, which Wii games mattered?
Nintendo needs to wow the gaming world once again and needs to start at E3 and the new games coming to the Wii U.
Everything has turned into Call of Duty
Let’s be honest with ourselves for a second, doesn’t every shooter follow the same formula that Call of Duty or Halo laid out?
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brought innovation to the shooter realm just as Halo brought shooters to the foreground of gaming, but lately every shooter feels like a rehash of the previous one. Shooters need innovation now more than ever.
Role-playing games are ruling the game world these days, not to say that’s a bad thing because I love it, but I love the completive nature of gaming and nothing is more competitive than Shooters online. Nothing says “Come at me bro!” better than a headshot to your enemies face, a feeling I love and miss.
Call of Duty rehashes each one of its games year after year with the same game types and so do the other Shooters which has made the genre feel more gray than the bright gem it used to be. I’m hoping that games like Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the many others bring something new and exciting to this genre because the gaming gods knows Shooters need it.
Half- Life 3 and Kingdom Hearts 3
I know that no new information is going to come out at this E3 about these to legendary games but a fan boy can hope right? These are two games that I would love to know if they are in production or even almost in production.
I don’t need to know when they’ll be released I just want to know something about.
So Valve and Square Enix let us know something… You know we are dying to know.