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E3 2011: Watching Paint Dry

So I put in a lot of time watching E3 this year. I literally spent 10-12 hours each day watching live coverage (more than one stream at times), reading tweets and skimming literally over a thousand articles in my RSS reader.

Through the entire thing one (of many) general consensus on Twitter and other real-time feeds was that everyone was at least somewhat disappointed. Nintendo talked about and demoed the same thing for hours. In the end most of us were left wondering why Nintendo is still making systems designed to play games that were popular ten to twenty years ago. I guess there’s still an audience, but how large can it possibly be?

For those that wanted to see lots of other titles get covered, people were getting quite annoyed with the lengthy coverage of titles, companies and systems that people really weren’t that interested in. If Nintendo deserved any awards at E3 it would most definitely be “Most Boring” and “Most Unnecessarily Lengthy”.

What reigned supreme during E3 on live feeds is fans demanding more Star Wars: The Old Republic, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Far Cry 3. I didn’t see a very large response to titles like Batman: Arkham City that we saw way too much of anyway.

Nintendo’s stock fell after the announcement of the Wii U.

There were lots of laughs about Kinect. It’s great for a prototype, but nothing more. I’m sure small children could really enjoy it and that is who it should be marketed to. It’s very much a work-in-progress and I don’t see technology like Kinect or the Wii working well enough to gain the attention of the non-casual gamer audience for ten to twenty years.

If you observe the industry for long you really begin to notice the media throwing around the words “most anticipated” quite often. Oddly, the term is generally thrown around referencing only mildly anticipated titles and you really start to wonder why.

Through observing the industry, fans’ response, Twitter and thousands upon thousands of articles over the past 6 months what would I consider the most anticipated of E3?

Five most anticipated PC titles of E3: Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

The majority of those that watched E3 were disappointed with the coverage. I have not talked to a single person so far that is happy with the live E3 coverage. Some of the least anticipated titles of 2011 received too much coverage, leaving highly anticipated titles with very little. Hopefully next year E3 will learn what anticipated actually means and cover the industry accordingly. I kind of feel that E3 needs to also stop sucking the tit of companies like Nintendo.

There are plenty of reasons why I would call E3 2011 a failure. Even the most anticipated titles at the conference left players feeling ripped off due to the lack of coverage and no real new information. The bits of coverage that did not serve to bore viewers to death only lasted for a short time. Then it was right back to covering things we just didn’t care about anymore.

How do you feel about E3 this year? What did you expect to see more of? What was the worst and best of E3?

Links:
Tech2.in.com: Why I Don’t Care About E3 Anymore
PSXExtreme.com: Boring Skyrim E3 Presence: Accurate or Subjective?


Pre-E3 2011: The Old Republic: Most Anticipated. Period.

What title is without a doubt the most anticipated title of E3? Star Wars the Old Republic. There is no question. Millions of people are waiting, impatiently, expecting a release date at E3. It is very unlikely that they will get their wish, but the anticipation is so thick that it could tear a rift in space-time.

I predict that we will get some interesting new information, but the release date window will remain and we can expect the game somewhere between September and December.

Over 1.5 million people signed up to beta test TOR. Millions of people have been watching this game since 2008 and still do so religiously. They can’t get enough. Bioware setup a Pre-Launch Guild System on the official site and nearly 40,000 guilds have been created. The game has not even released yet.

The SWTOR community forum is so massive that moderators have had to create entirely new posts regularly (closing the original) just to keep the thread sizes down. Nearly 5 million posts have been created on the community forum since Oct 2008. That is just the English forum. There is a French and German forum.

This is the next generation story-driven MMO. Your character and every NPC with dialogue has a voice-over. You won’t read dialogue in TOR. You will live it. This has never been done.

It will not only be a massive in landscape and replay value, it will literally be massive. I’ve heard some people estimate that it will be larger than 30GB. Possibly approaching 50GB or more. We’ll see.

The Old Republic is so massive that it has been said that most areas will be larger than those in World of Warcraft. There are 17 confirmed planets and players expect more to be released. The four origin worlds are about half the size of Kalimdor, but they are the smallest worlds in TOR. Even if each world is only half the size of Kalimdor, then that means that there is enough landscape to fill about 8.5 Kalimdor sized zones.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention: there is space combat in The Old Republic. That means even more real estate.

Update: I’ve been told that the game features 16 novels worth of writing.

TOR may be the largest, most anticipated game to ever appear at E3.

Other titles to keep an eye on: Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Guild Wars 2, Uncharted 3 and Duke Nukem Forever.


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