Gavin laughed at me when I wrote about Marvel's contribution to fashion earlier this year. But apparently fashion matters to gamers - just look at the recent brouhaha over the apparent male chauvinism in casual wear at gaming events. This isn't even a new thing - a couple years ago there was drama over an article written with advice on how to dress for E3 if you're a woman. So, here is my fashion advice for women and men attending gaming events, particularly expos.
E3, The largest industry-focused gaming expo in the multiverse starts in just a month’s time. Right now, it seems like there’s very little exciting stuff that we’ll find out from the expo. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all have what seems to be pretty sparse line-ups for the rest of year. We’re hoping that E3 changes that, giving us a glimpse of the games we’ll be playing later on this year, and not just the ones we’ll be playing downgraded versions of in 3 years.
Another year, another E3. And another press conference gauntlet to survive on the Monday before the Summerslam of gaming shows kicks off. Which technically makes the Monday a Survivor Series event then. As usual, the big four of E3 will be prepping the week ahead with their own press events. And as extra-usual, Ubisoft will be getting ready to show their wares as well.
I know, I know - which release dates are ever set in stone at this stage. Last year Ubisoft announced the expected delay of their MMO shooter, The Division, to an audience of scarcely surprised faces. The game had hardly been shown off since its first reveal, and a late 2015 launch seemed the more logical bet. A bet that you would've lost if you took it.
Patrice Désilets, the creator of Assassin's Creed, has already announced his new game. However, we know very little about it. All that is going to change at E3, and I'm curious to see what this grand creator has done.
E3 may be massive, but it’s also predictable to a certain extent. You know that Xbox and Sony are going to have massive swathes of floor space dedicated to their first-party titles. You know that the second a herd of indie developers smells your scent, you’re going to have to run and leave the weaker members of your team behind to be slaughtered, because that’s how nature works. And you know that you can always expect to see certain iconic publishers present. But this year, Sega is giving E3 a miss.
E3 is a crazy experience. Make no mistake it is fun, but when tackled in a manner where news comes first and gawking comes second, the convention is a special kind of monster. The biggest challenge though? Press conference day. There’s a reason why I’ve named it “The Gauntlet”. Traditionally, attendees had four press events to work through. That meant racing from Microsoft and Xbox to EA, hitting Ubisoft at the Morpheus theater and finishing the day off with Sony, leaving you completely drained. And it’s about to get even tougher.
Mad Catz was already known to be in bed with Harmonix when it came to Rock band 4. They are making the all new controllers that will take the wireless music game controllers to a new generation of gamers. But they're doing more than making the input devices, their input goes far deeper.
E3 is all about the spectacle of gaming. Stands are bigger than most people can imagine and every studio and publishers goes as over the top as they can to try to "win". No where is this more apparentl than during the press conference gauntlet. Microsoft kicks off the day with fanfare, but Sony is usually the most loved thanks to giving starving journalists food and drink. But Phil Spencer has some plans to make E3 special this year.
For the sort of people who still identify as “core” gamers, E3 is the big annual event that’s the closest thing to Christmas. It’s the one event of the year that elicits that child-like wonder and gets us excited about the future of big-budget video games. Every year, the same games get shown – or at least it seems that way. We get Call of Duty eleventeen, Assassin’s Creed: Creed harder and talk of how this coming FIFA will be so much damned better than the last one. But every now and then, we get a great big surprise. And it’s these sorts of games that’ll have the biggest impact.
I hate wholly unsourced, frankly implausible rumours, but I’m a rather big fan of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption, so I’ll let it slide. I don’t know what it is about Rockstar’s criminal cowboy simulator, but I favoured it over the GTA of the day – possibly because it allowed for pure, fantasy escapism. I’ve been a foreigner, lost in a big city – but never a turn-of-the-century cowboy. Rumours about a Red Dead sequel pop up all the time, and they’re invariably the stuff of fanboy fantasy twaddle. This new rumour isn’t any different.
Over the weekend, tons of people filled my twitter timeline with news that The Legend of Zelda was delayed into 2016. There was even speculation that it won't be launching on Wii U at all, coming to Nintendo's N(e)X(t) console instead. But where does this news come from? Well, directly from Nintendo, but there may be more to it.
It's hard for any press conference to really surprise us anymore. With tons of leaks, the glory of the internet showing us all the trailers and videos in advance and other modern developments, E3 is slowly losing its announcement appeal. Microsoft is determined to bring it back - but can they?
E3 has become something of a standard affair. Press conference day, or as Darryn like to call it, The Gauntlet, is ridiculously busy but totally predictable. Microsoft does something big in the morning, then EA gives us something cool to drink while we fall asleep listening to sports and waiting for Bioware news. Ubisoft's event is filled with bizarre moments and everyone loves Sony for all the food and booze trucks before their similarly odd and poorly paced conference. Bethesda is throwing themselves in the mix, but it might be a bit different... maybe.
Level-5 puts out some pretty awesome games, including the Professor Layton series on Nintendo handheld. They've also made RPGs that harken back to the golden age for the genre, including Ni No Kuni and the White Knight Chronicles. But it seems their sleeves are filled with yet more cards.