E3, also known as Electronic Entertainment Expo, is the biggest video game trade show in the United States. This even has just passed last week. For those who have not checked the media, please check on GameTrailers and IGN for more information. In the meantime, here is what our staff is saying about the future of gaming post-E3:
- Jonas Juice -
The show presented a lot of great games still in production. Obviously, with the recent news of the PS4 and the XBOXONE, this was their time to shine and go neck-to-neck. Meanwhile Nintendo played the safe bet with what they were going to deliver this show.
Microsoft showcased enough great games to a point where people forgot the disastrous presentation they had with last year’s near-non-gaming talks such as Smartglass and XBox Music and the TV-driven XBOXONE premiere. However, even with the great games announced, the controversial discussions of the system’s restrictions and requirements, whether confirmed or rumored, had been putting Microsoft in a slump since Adam Orth’s Twitter leak that led to his departure from Microsoft. Also, public relations had been very unclear how to answer these questions properly; one says another thing and the other says the opposite or vague statements. Sure, there might be good intentions on their reasoning or possibly clarifying misunderstandings, but Microsoft needs to define why the XBOXONE will be the best system in the business, as well as solidify these questions and issues in a more positive note. While their pre-orders are doing fine at the moment, public relations needs to do a lot of damage control and clean up fast. Updated at 6/19/2013, Microsoft acknowledges the issue at hand and responded that they will remove their plans of the always-online and DRM restrictions as a response to angry gamers. While this may diminish some future plans for what they had in mind, that is also a much safer decision to do at the moment in case the long-time plan does not occur had the short-term does not pan well.
Sony seemed to have the upper hand at the moment. With the console being $400, $100 cheaper than the XBOXONE with nearly identical specs, Sony has a lot of leverage to use. However, while Sony fired the big hitting announcements that attacked what people criticized about Microsoft and an example, Sony must not get too overconfident, because they have yet to still deliver these games come holiday season. They also have to live to their words as well because any false claims can hurt them in the future. For this generation, it seems like Sony will be getting a head start from Microsoft, somewhat like how Microsoft got their head start in the previous generation. Hopefully, they can keep up the momentum.
Let’s not forget Nintendo as well. Nintendo’s Wii U debut last year and shook the beginning of the next generation of console wars to a fresh start, starting at price $300 or $350. While I was able to play the Wii U hands-on, I was quite impressed of its future potential. However, at its current state, most of the games in development are not out yet and not enough games are released, leaving the current system very dry in the games library. Even the executive board realizes that and plans to rectify the matter, using Nintendo Direct. Fortunately, its announcements of its first-party games seem to garner massive attention again as expected. In addition, those who weren’t able to make it to E3 has a second chance to try out these games at participating Best Buys to give a hands-on experience, a very unusual but effective method to expand E3 operations. With the PS4 at $400, Nintendo has to figure out how to justify their current console price. If they can recover from their past mistakes when launching the 3DS, they can come back with the Wii U. While developing quality games take a lot of time, they have to release those blockbusters in a timely manner in order to give customers enough confidence and proud to own a Wii U. Updated 6/19/2013, Microsoft also announces their system being region-free, alongside with the PS4, so how will Nintendo respond to the region lock? Will the fans also take a stand to let Nintendo unlock the region setting to match with the other 2 juggernauts?
Of course, I have not forgotten the most important thing to mention: THE GAMES! What you guys saw at E3 are games that can be showcased at gaming events. Though most of the presentations are single-player like usual for our own personal enjoyment, that does not mean we won’t have multiplayer games absent. While people are expecting sequels to games like Just Dance 2014, Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii U and 3DS) and Call of Duty: Ghosts, we may show even new games like Dragon’s Crown, DIVEKICK, Destiny, Titanfall, and many others to deliver gaming variety to you and make those possibilities happen.
Will the future thrive for gaming? What will the 8th generation provide us with? What will it unlock? If you want us to provide games you are interested in, feel free to send us feedback so we can take a look at them. Thanks! ^_^
NOTE: There may be more staff sending their thoughts on E3 this year. Stay tuned! ^_^