So I get that E3 is old news by now, but over the last few weeks I’ve had some thoughts floating around in my head that I want to put out there. It doesn’t matter that no one else is talking about E3 because I don’t get paid to write about video games, therefore I can write about what I want when I want (if you would like to pay me, please see the “Contact Me” tab above).
So a lot of the arguments over the week of E3 pertain to who “won”. Last year it was pretty clear to everyone and their dog’s food bowl who came away on top; Sony. Microsoft had taken too much time to promote the non-gaming features of the Xbox One and not enough time on the games. Sony, being the last conference in the day, came out and absolutely shot Microsoft down. There was an abundance of cheering by fans around the world as they were told that the status quo was not being changed, no innovation was being attempted. I’m not saying that I wanted the always online features, I’m just saying that it looked like Microsoft was trying to be mindful of where the industry is inevitably going.
But that was all last year. Many people who actually cared about this sort of thing, about six of us, were curious to who would “win” E3. Microsoft seemed to double down on games after seeing the backlash from last year. EA was EA, nothing much else to say. Ubisoft had their usual bombastic flair, showing some games that no one really cared about in-between their games that everyone cared about. Sony had a few big announcements but ended up having a pretty major snore-bump in the middle when they talked about hardware.
Surely, I thought, gamers are going to drill into Sony with a righteous fury. Taking last year into consideration Sony was the company that had the least percentage of their conference devoted to games. To my utter amazement I saw that people were proclaiming that Sony had won. True, the majority of these people were fanboys but the hypocrisy still stunned me. The attitude of the fanboy has never failed to just tick me off. Combine that with the smug attitude that Sony always brings to press conferences and it’s real easy for me to treat the Japanese electronics behemoth with the same scorn I reserve for the New England Patriots and Miami Heat. That sort of high-minded, almost high elf state of mind drives me nuts. True, I would say that my allegiances rest most with Microsoft but that’s solely because I’ve played predominately Xbox for my mature gaming life. Do I automatically think Microsoft won? No, because I’m not blind in my fanboy craze. In truth, I think it was a tie between Ubisoft and Nintendo. I thought Assassin’s Creed: Unity looked down right amazing and the new Zelda title in 2015 is going to make me buy a Wii U.
Now, do I think that the big-headed and over zealous minds in the gaming world should implode? No, not really. Competition is what makes the market the best it can be. Capitalism, folks. If there was one gaming publisher there would be no innovation or care for the customer. The People’s Gaming wing of the Soviet Union would be TERRIBLE. However, I feel like there needs to be a better care to treat each other in a way that isn’t over pompous and just plain stupid. I know, no one should ever expect the internet to be a place of peace but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring the idea up. When a company like Microsoft does something that you don’t like then, yes, state your opinion. When Microsoft hears your opinion and changes their stance don’t be an idiot and retain a hateful opinion because of the original plan. When your favored gaming company comes along the next year and does the same thing (to a lesser extent, to be fair) then it’s up to you to treat them with the same accountability.
Also, I have a short message to Sony, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and even Nintendo. Don’t act like your God’s gift to gaming. Stop saying that you’re the “best place for games” because, frankly, there is no best place. You don’t need to act like a stereotypical high elf and treat everyone else like an inferior life form. Recognize that the competition between all of you is what fosters growth in the industry and embrace it. There’s a difference between competition and treating each other like lepers. In order for gaming to be taken seriously we all need to stop acting like children. Gaming has become one of the best parts of the world we live in but it’s still failed to be recognized but a vast amount of people.
Basically, lets all try to act like adults.