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Does E3 Harm The Gaming Industry?
E3 2013 is coming up as you probably already know from the over-saturation of news and content prepping for the biggest gaming exposition on the entire planet. Games will be announced. People (fanboys) will cry. There might also been next-gen consoles, who knows… But does E3 harm the gaming industry more than it helps it?
Does the Electronic Entertainment Exposition, despite all of the frills and surges in internet traffic for major game news sites, actually do anything? By that I’m asking does E3 create a surge of anticipation and excitement for games that won’t come out for (if not more) than a years time?
Well, yeah. It does.
This has always been hard for games. Unlike festivals similar to TIFF and Cannes for film, where people can go see new and indie films and get a nice judgement on how good they are, games are really limited to (especially at E3) to whatever the developer wants you to see.
What we see at E3 is usually the announcements and demonstrations of new games, and this year new console showcasing. I’m wondering whether it’s actually just better to just release content for new games as the devs see fit, as opposed to being funneled in with a ton of other games, company announcements, and teasers.
Everyone’s going to be watching for the big guys at E3. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo debatably hog all of the screen time during the few days in Los Angeles. How can gamers be better informed?
Most people forget or just hold onto the very dear game announcements until they come out. What does putting on a massive and surely expensive exposition filled with demos and release days really do to help the games industry out?
I would even go so far as to say that creating huge and unnecessary hype for games can – when they do come out – cause an over expectation for what that game was offering and in turn lead to a massive disappointment.
It does make me wonder that whether an increasing lean toward online information will eventually lead expos like E3 to become completely extinct. Instead the companies who want to announce things simply live stream it to the web. The press really don’t need to physically be there “on the showroom floor” sampling games.
Some might disagree. But E3 needs to seriously change in order to keep up with its ever evolving market of gamers.
We’re tuned in and ready. Though it’s always a little disappointing when a cool game is announced when you realize ‘huh, I still have to wait like six months for this.’