Yes it’s Christmas time for gamers…it’s E3 time! Seriously though, for me there is something about E3 that really does strike the same chord with me as December 25th did when I was a young boy. It’s essentially Christmas time for twenty-something guys who live alone and spend their time playing video games…except instead of getting presents, you get the promise of presents to come.
With only 7 days to go, e3 2012 is upon us. Personally I always get very excited during the run up to E3, I know of many people who don’t want anything to do with it and dismiss it as a glorified hype fest. There is undoubtedly some truth to that viewpoint, after all these kind of events are practically designed to pull the wool over journalist’s eyes, booths are lit with dazzling studio lights, flashy logos everywhere, booth babes vying for every sexually repressed games journalist’s attention to flog their wares (figuratively speaking of course). But beneath all the glitzy trappings and superficiality of E3 lies the chance to satiate the little excited child inside us all. It’s the time of year when all eyes turn to the plethora of video game websites, eagerly awaiting every last morsel of information that comes in hot from the show floor at the Los Angeles convention centre.
This year in particular should be an interesting one. We have a new console launch in the form of Nintendo’s Wii U, the first real look at Halo 4, The Last of Us will be shown in detail, Epic will be unveiling their upcoming Unreal Engine 4, and we’ll get that annual fix of being totally disappointed that Valve didn’t reveal Half Life 2: Episode 3 again. It will also be a somewhat familiar situation to anyone who was around/remembers E3 2004. Back then we were also on the precipice of a new generation of hardware and the various companies were all revealing big name games, much of which were numbered sequels in an effort to wring the last safe-bet dollars out of the previous generation’s hardware. Games like Halo 2 for the Xbox, God of War for the PS2, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (although that did admittedly get ported to the Wii as well). Epic also unveiled the Unreal Engine 3 at E3 2004…spooky no?
Anyway, I for one will be tuning in to watch the live streams of the big 3 press conferences. In case anyone else has nothing better to do, here’s a list of when those conferences are…aren’t we helpful?
Microsoft: Monday 4th June. 5:30pm
EA: Monday 4th June. 9:00pm
Ubi Soft: Monday 4th June. 11:00pm
Sony: Monday 4th June. 2:00am
Nintendo: Tuesday 5th June. 5:00pm
(All times in U.K time – GMT)