Pro: E3 was tons of fun. Con: It served little-to-no purpose. Sure, the California-based trade show presented journalists with a relaxed pace and a civil atmosphere, but the only thing it served up for lay-gamers was a heaping plate of disappointment. No big announcements, no mind-blowing demos, and only one or two cases of easy fodder for the Internet's flames. We can only hope the show will see a drastic revamp soon, because it's quickly circling the drain.
But let's not dwell on the recent past; today has provided us with plenty of interesting stories, including Peter Molyneux's MMO aspirations, another new Sonic game, and, er, Michael Pachter's damning comments towards E3. Ok, so maybe the past deserves one more quick peek into the rearview mirror.
“In our view, E3 is headed for extinction, unless the publishers and console manufacturers wake up to the fact that nobody cares about the show anymore,” said Pachter. "We believe that show is ill-timed, coming after most major holiday announcements are out, and landing during ‘quiet period’ for most of the companies."
Truer words have not been spoken by Pachter in the last five minutes. But the ESA's President, Mike Gallagher, seemed fairly complacent about this sad state of affairs at his keynote speech, so I'm not exactly brimming with sunshine and butterflies optimism at the moment.
So, how do you think the ESA should swoop in and save E3?
Moore believes that, eventually, all gaming-related commerce will be performed online, in the form of DLC. On one hand, it's a nice idea, insofar as it benefits publishers (no more physical media, retailer prices, or shipping costs), but a few large, locked doors stand in full-DLC's way, and I'm not sure if our industry possesses the correctly-colored key with which to open them.
After all, if brick-and-mortar retailers had looks, and if looks could kill, they'd be cutting down millions everytime the word "DLC" was mentioned. And even if Gamestop's empire falls, stores like Wal-Mart will always be around. Plus, out of curiosity, how many of you are hell-bent on owning physical media? Would you have a fit if optical media went the way of the FMV game?
First MMO where your vicious, scarred avatar can be with child?
When asked about his thoughts have been on MMOs, Fable 2's ambitious creator said "Well, there's someone in this room to make sure that I don't say too much about that question. Then, when asked up front about whether or not he's considered what a Lionhead-developed MMO will be like, he simply answered "Yes."
Cool in a "Hooray, we're superior" sense, but disappointing in the "So wait, is Glad0s actually still alive?" sense. Portal: Still Alive is simply a console port of levels from flash Portal that were recreated in real Portal earlier this year.
The denouement of our harrowing tale, and quite a disheartening one at that. Flagship's promising Diablo-alike looks to stay in its trademark dank, dark dungeons -- never to see the light of day.
At least it's not a gun.