E3: And pointless gamer/industry cynicism


So E3 has come and gone, and for those of you living under a rock, E3 is an annual trade fair for gaming fans all around the world showcasing the latest video games and hardware. This year we got to see Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Bethesda and Ubisoft showcasing their latest video games and hardware that they will be releasing in the next year or so. And this year there was a handful of games that I am genuinely looking forward to, but that is beside the point. There is something pretty prominent I noticed during this year’s E3, especially on places like Twitter and Facebook. It is the fact that whenever people get excited for a new video game release or a piece of hardware, all of a sudden there would be an outcry on the internet by other gamers telling them that they should not get excited for a new games release.

But surely I can still get excited about trade shows like E3 and the announcement that come along with it and still be cynical about the industry as a whole. And this honestly annoys the living shit out of me, what the fuck does it matter whether or not I am excited for an event or a video game trailer? What does it matter if I find a video game interesting, a video game that these bunch of cynical assholes wasn’t going to play in the first place anyway? Who the fuck cares? It is one of the most inconsequential things you can say and do, telling someone else they are not allowed to get excited over a video game announcement. I hate that cynicism in the video game industry and among gamers has gone this far to make people question whether or not liking something is good or not. When did this exactly start happening?

Granted, getting swept up in the E3 hype can be easy, especially with shiny new pre-rendered and scripted trailers and developers and publishers taking advantage of this and milking those with no self-control for pre-orders. And yes I do agree that some of the cynicism that E3 gets each year is justified. Just because it is viewed as a “special” trade show does not mean I or anyone else is obligated to play nice with some of the greedy corporations who have their games on display there. That said, I do not want to dismiss the positives of trade shows like E3. Regardless of whether or not you like the event or not. It is still a huge marketing event and gets people to discuss games. I guess my main point is if people are going to point out negatives they have every right to do so. But to ignore all the positive things we got at E3 2017 is giving it a negative one-sided representation.

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I am a cucumber in a fruit bowl.
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