Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the 22nd annual
Hunger Games Electronic Entertainment Expo!
As always, I’ve spent the last few days glued to my PC monitor, watching live-streams of all the conferences and feverishly updating my RSS feeds for the latest news. Here are all of the things that stood out to me, for good and bad reasons.
The E3 conferences have ended! The news deluge is over! Here are the most interesting games, as officially chosen by me.
It’s once more the most Videogamest time of year!
Regular readers will know that I’m hugely into following videogame news, and E3 is the Christmas of videogame news, so I get very excited indeed every time it rolls around. The festivities commence in just over a week, but before that here’s my vague rambling about the state of the industry and what we can expect/ what I’m hoping for.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwhind month in the game-o-sphere, what with Metal Gear Solid head honcho Hideo Kojima apparently parting ways with Konami for as-yet mysterious reasons. I’ve spent the last several weeks becoming increasingly uneasy over what this means for Silent Hills, the Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro backed entry in the Greatest Horror Franchise Ever.
Well, after a steady trickle of ominous signs and portents, the project was officially canned yesterday. As the internet’s premier Silent Hill scholar and expert, I feel it’s my duty to ramble for a bit about what this means for the franchise.
E3 is (mostly) over! Let’s talk about it.
So the VGX awards happened last night.
A quick backstory for those not in the loop: this is an annual video game award show previously known as the Spike TV Video Game Awards that appears to have been set up as a sort of gaming version of the Oscars but was widely mocked and derided as the plague center of “bro” culture in gaming and regarded as little more than a joke.
This year the Spike TV branding has been shed, presumably in an effort to give the whole thing a classier image. I didn’t watch the award show itself to see if this was successful (apparently there were transphobic jokes on stage so I guess not) but I did want to comment on the winners a bit, since they revealed some interesting trends.