E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, has always been that one magical time each year for the gaming industry and community. Ever since it opened in 1995 (as nothing more than a glorified investors meeting, really), it has evolved to be the one place where developers and publishers could gather in huge halls to showcase their newest video games, tech, and more. Reaching its peak in the late 2000s and early 2010s, E3 was a juggernaut event that always riled up the gaming industry thanks to some heavy-hitting announcements. We've seen some amazing moments at these conferences, from the announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake to Bethesda's incredible 2015 showcase, and Sony's stellar 2016 line-up of some of the biggest announcements and reveals in the shows history. With all that hype carrying E3 forward, one would think that the only way for the expo to go was up, right?
The truth of the matter is that E3 might be in serious trouble. Over the last few years, arguably since E3 2016's mostly solid line-up of conferences and hands-on games, we've seen a steady decline in the overall quality of their shows. The conferences, broadcasted internationally to every gamer in the world, is usually what many associate E3 with. Unfortunately, we've seen the greatest dip in quality there. E3 2019, for example, might've been a great showcase of new trailers, but the general consensus seems to be that the giant expo was certainly lacking in the gameplay and new announcements departments. A huge factor that might've contributed to that dip was Sony's decision to pull out of the conference line-up entirely this year, instead favouring smaller, more digestable Nintendo Direct-inspired online presentations with State of Play - and that's just the first in a major domino effect.
E3 2019, for example, might've been a great showcase of new trailers, but the general consensus seems to be that the giant expo was certainly lacking in the gameplay and new announcements departments.
We've seen other publishers still take the E3 stage, but perhaps their hearts aren't entirely in it.
Writer. Enthusiast of all things geek. Legend has it he completed Final Fantasy VII without a memory card.
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