Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sombody Stol All My 's

Must be E3 that took them all. The exhibition, named of course after the sound geeks make when the news and videos start coming out, is trying to re-reinvent itself as the giant spectacular it used to be this year. The sound of which I speak can be found at computer monitors around the world and sounds something like "Eee! New shiny games! Eee! Shiny sequel games!" It is often accompanied by clapping and bouncing up and down like you'd normally see only from a five year old who just got a puppy for Christmas. I guess what I'm trying to say is that geeks like E3.

I think it might take a couple of years for E3 to get back it's mantle as supreme event in the game calendar, if it ever does. As Jason mentioned, PAX has become more of a geek Mecca than E3 because everyone can go. I also think that GDC has become the place developers unveil the more groundbreaking game technologies (Spore and Assassin's Creed spring readily to mind) because they know they're going to get an audience with a better appreciation of what has been achieved. That said I think the GDC organisers would be happy if their event reverted to being more of a conference for game developers rather than a media circus, and I'm sure E3 would be happy to pick up that slack.

Totally sweet things:
  • Being able to download full Xbox 360 titles. If they use global pricing this will be even better, but I'm guessing Microsoft like money a little too much to do that.
  • Uncharted 2. I never played the first one, and I don't own a PS3, but that game looks like a bucket made of fun and then filled up with fun. And then poured on a clown. Who then cries.
  • The Last Guardian. I don't really have any interest in this game, but the preview video has an amazing atmosphere.
  • Heavy Rain. To misquote Zoolander "Quantic Dream would be another developer who's a hero. The games they've created over the years, I don't really play them, but the fact that they're making them, I respect that."
  • Lots of sequels to games I have played. God of War 3, Assassin's Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2, Crackdown 2, Overlord 2 are all being shown. I have small doubts and worries for each of them based on what I've seen, but I'm overall anticipatory.
  • Alan Wake. This looks like an interesting take on survival horror by Remedy, and Remedy is one of those developers I trust to make good games.
Things which are not digital candy:
  • Project Natal. Stop with the motion sensing, all of you. The Wii, the sixaxis, and the EyeToy have all been around for years and you know what we've got from them besides tech demos? Absolutely nothing. There is zero evidence that waggle controls can be used to improve games.
  • Game names. The games are generic sci-fi and WW2 shooters, so surely you'd go to town on the name, but apparently not. Alpha Protocol, Shadow Complex, Section 8, Dark Void, MAG, get your acts together and come up with a name that doesn't sound like Tom Clancy fanfic. Wondering what MAG's doing in that list? Well aside from being a generic sounding three letter acronym it stands for, in all seriousness, Massive Action Game.
  • Pathetic booth babes. I didn't care when they banned the booth babes from E3 because scantily clad girls have little to do with the games industry. Now they've brought them back, but put in clothedness limits. You know what's stupider than using scantily clad girls who know nothing about the games they're supposed to be spruiking? Trying to use fully clothed girls in sensible shoes who know nothing about the games they're supposed to be spruiking. Do it or don't do it, I don't care, just don't do it half-baked.

1 comment:

  1. Re: Game Names.
    I was almost fully expecting "War Guys - Men of War 3" to be announced.



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