For those of you looking for a reason to get excited about upcoming games such as Call of Duty, Future Soldier, Madden, NCAA Football or Halo – E3 is something you are going to be watching and/or reading about over the course of June 5-7. Otherwise, you might be disinterested.
It is a new and strange development that has happened with what was once the ‘must see’ for all gamers just 5-10 years ago.
It used to be an expo that focused on gaming as a whole with the spotlight on innovation. However, now it seems to be more focused on the big-budget titles that will over-shadow many of the other games out there that might need that moment in the spotlight just to garner enough interest to continue in their development.
With the recent closure of 38 Studios it should come as no surprise that many of the smaller developers (even if they are owned by huge companies like Electronic Arts) are the first to get cut if they aren’t producing the highest profile games out there. The issue that this brings to the forefront hinges directly with the tagline for E3.
The issue is that most of the innovation that occurs is from upstart companies. Whether it is gaming, internet development or something else. The whole process of creating apps and independent games has been the driving force behind better and more intriguing innovation in gaming. If you consider what will happen if expos like E3 continue to focus on the big budget/’big box’ games rather than pushing innovation in smaller or less publicized games and/or developers.
Over the next couple weeks we will be focusing some attention on games that you might not know about and whether or not they should be on your list as something to look into for a fantastic gaming experience.
PS – If you want to attend E3 you will most likely be shocked at the $800-$1000 price for tickets… just to attend.