What to Expect at E3 2018

Is it that time of year already? Apparently so. If you are a hardened gamer such as myself you will be very familiar with the yearly E3 conference. It is here where all the new releases and big titles are announced so us nerds can get our fill of excitement. However, be warned, expect many over hyped corporate nonsense along with bitter disappointment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to some releases (mainly Red Dead Redemption 2) but, if I am being entirely honest, I just can’t get as excited as I used to. Maybe that has something to do with the fact I have matured and maybe, just maybe, games aren’t as important to me now as they were when I was five years old. Having said that, it’s not all my fault. E3 has a history of being filled with disappointment and in my mind is symbolic of everything that is wrong with the future of gaming. Now we see huge budgets being pumped into big titles, like Call of Duty, with the soul purpose of making an absolutely disgusting amount of money. This does not necessarily mean that the games are bad but what it does mean is that the games are corporate – but what does that mean? For me, this means there is a heightened lack of content and the merchandising of content that should be free and part of the base game (and yes I know I’m a hypocrite because I play a lot of Siege and buy the season pass but I have a certain view on that which I may very well share in a future post). I know I am not the first to comment on the many issues with the current culture of downloadable content (DLC) but it needs to be said.

What I think you should expect from the E3 conference is the following:

  • A lot of waffling about games that nobody actually cares about by people who are a bit awkward and choke under the pressure of presenting to large audiences.
  • A  lot of annoying members in the crowd whistling and shouting for things that really aren’t that exciting.
  • Another disappointing Fallout game – sorry Bethesda but it’s true (I do have a theory, however, that the whole ‘Fallout 76’ is just a cover up for their actual release which will be the next Elder Scrolls game – but maybe I am being too optimistic).
  • A bad sequel to Red Dead Redemption (I am looking forward to this one but I know it won’t compare to the first).
  • Loads of other titles nobody really cares about.
  • Gameplay of Anthem which could go one of two ways – really well or really bad (I know I am so insightful).
  • Lots of interviews with people you don’t care about (I am always shouting “just get to the games already!”).
  • The feeling of emptiness and disappointment mixed with a part of you that is still hopeful next year’s E3 will finally announce Half-life 3.

Well that’s my rant over, note that I will still be watching E3 and I expect I will do a post on the conference in the near future. Thanks for reading.

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