Thank goodness it’s back, last years ‘summer of games’ was pretty bad (but on the other hand solid, considering we could have got nothing due to Covid) as it went on for so long so a dedicated 3 days is much better.
Feels like Sony are just being snobby spoilsports by not getting involved. Any complaints they had I seem to remember were all to do with the physical space and cost side of it, not participating in this digital gathering feels like they don’t want to be associated with lesser games. Ever since they stopped going to E3s it’s not like they’ve done anything particularly memorable anyway.
Was thinking about this earlier today but since Jim Ryan supplanted Shawn Layden it feels like they’ve been a bit of a public relations non-entity. I know Layden was no fan of E3 but Sony felt like they were thrilled to celebrate their platform and games at any given opportunity under him. Now it’s more a case of shovelling chow to the plebs when the moaning from the basement gets too loud.
Phil Spencer on the other hand seems to have basically become the face of the gaming industry I want to be hobbyist fan of. Other than the monopolisation of content of course.
I sort of miss the days when E3 press conferences were mostly awful and cringey with the boring business talk sections, the awkward onstage gameplay demos and all. Nowadays it's mostly just a constant stream of trailers, occasionally introduced by someone involved with the game.
My favourite memory of E3 has nothing to do with E3 itself. It was on this forum (well, it's predecessor really), when I was work skiving.
It used to be the biggest thread at the time, needed it's own folder in fact, and had loads of spin-off threads.
And an annual battle as to who had 'won' E3 between the big 3, which caused bannings, lifelong grudges etc. It was like Wrestlemania.
Anyhow, there was often an influx of new members around that time, and the chat was how to keep them. Let's be welcoming to the noobs, was the general view.
Let's not be snobby or make people feel stupid about not having cliquey games knowledge. I feel this is a long build up to a very poor punchline
So, this was E3 2003. Not realising E3 was a shortening of something like Electronic Entertainment Expo (even I forget now, but 3 E's anyway), a newbie just assumed the 3 related to the year and wondered what was going to happen in 2004.
So, they set up a thread along the lines of "what's going to happen at E4?"
Hahaha, even now, if you're reading this 18 years on whoever you were, hahaha! It's really the most pathetic unfunny thing I've ever laughed about, and so did everyone else. Hahaha!