I don't hype myself up for anything anymore so nothing in any of them pissed me off, only thing i tend to watch for are nintendo annoucements as nintendo like to be super tight lipped till last minute so some of the stuff this year was a surprise like warioware getting a version for switch but in general for 3rd party stuff especially stuff released in japan i tend to already know about it as i browse a lot of the makers websites and other forums and news info so on. a lot of stuff thats coming out in next few months never got mentioned at e3 as it going to be stuck in japan.
There were no big announcement of anything. If all the games shown were in some video before E3 I would not have known or cared about any of them. It was like I was being advertised to instead of waiting on a surprise big announcement or rumour.
Last couple years (at least) its been nothing but several months of fake hype and astroturfing leading to a sterile, bland and boring show. They should go back to making it fun for people who have fun in real life again. Couldn't hurt.
I was watching the streams and wondering "am I out of touch with gaming?"
Actually it is the gaming industry who is getting out of touch with gamers... E3 felt like a deadline where every company had to rush to put something even if it wasn't meaningful.
E3 used to be fun simply because it was where so many titles were announced and it really felt like companies were competing against each other there but it just feels like it's all been left behind now, like there are better ways for the companies to push their wares. Even the first party have or are leaving it behind, Nintendo even waited until all the noise you get around E3 to die down before they announced the new Switch hardware. It just seems to be a lot of money for very little in return.
It used to be a joke that Ouya set up their stall in the E3 car park without permission but now it somehow feels like everybody is doing exactly the same thing.
Next year could be a little better, not because of the games but I am really hoping that by next year the Geoff Keighley vs E3 thing will have started to become interesting and there will be some sort of live Geoff Keighley vs E3 Andy Kaufman style wrestling match.
Breath of the Wild 2 still has no full reveal trailer, title or release date.
No Xenoblade X DE or Xenoblade 3.
Age of Empires IV, which once upon a time would have been my most anticipated game looks mobile tier.
Microsoft was fine since it had some titles I like and Summer Games Fest was also fine for the same reason. But all in all, these digital showcases (Square Enix) completely miss the point of why Nintendo Directs are good imo and what the audience wants.
No Sony meant no battle of the titans. E3 was a shadow of it's former self without full participation from the big 3. Nintendo opting for direct was a chink in the armor. Sony stepping down just crushed half of the excitement of the event.
Having Xbox and Sony show their stuff back to back was always the real draw of E3. It's like watching the championship game of your favorite sport. What would the Superbowl be if one team decided not to show up?
I'll be honest, I think for the most part I'm finally outgrowing gaming, or at least I'm not the target market anymore for the direction the hobby is headed. I didn't like the never ending CG trailers with no gameplay, but that's nothing new. I don't like the focus towards games as a service, I don't like the focus on forcing gamers into a "gaming community" with each new game. The purpose seems to be to gather data through social media and direct marketing without having to do ads, which doesn't benefit me as a user at all. I don't like the devaluation of ownership with stuff like Gamepass (though I admit it's a great deal). I don't like the consolidation of developers to a few huge publishers. I don't like the fact that the "A/AA" market is completely dead - it's just Indies and AAA. I don't like the forced politics in gaming as a community and in games themselves (please skip me with the "BuT GaMeS hAvE aLwAyS bEeN pOLiTiCaL" crap, you know what I mean.)
Overall, I will still play games that strike my fancy, but I am pretty much over the idea of naming this as one of my primary hobbies, and that's ok. I had a lot of fun for a long time, and it was a great hobby during the time when it was mostly the geek crowd (not the $$$ "Geek™ " crowd). I just can't see the hobby getting better anymore, and I've been proven time and time again that it has no bottom floor with getting worse. E3 was just a window to that concept.
- Lack of big exciting announcements
- What little non-indie studios had to announce was often done with CGI teasers
- Another year of just getting/buying 1 game for Switch, and this time it was announced years ago and it isn't even a Nintendo game(SMTV)
- Square brought too much CHAOS and too little of everything else.