All These E3 Leaks Are Bad for the Industry

At this point, could there possibly be any surprises left? Where did all the excitement go?

My history stretches back to the inaugural E3. There was a time when nobody had any idea what game manufacturers were going to present.

And honestly, that's the way it should be.

Sure, we all had hopes. We all wanted to see certain things from the presenters. But just about everything we ended up seeing on that stage was a surprise, just because the Internet hadn't entirely ruined our anticipation and excitement.

The E3 2014 conferences are nearly four weeks off and yet, given all the recent leaks, we may not have any surprises. At this point, it has become a matter of waiting for presentations we already know are coming. How is that any fun?

The era of instant gratification

Yes, I know. Everyone would rather know now, due to a combination of the worst attention spans in the history of mankind and the "information age." It's always better to have it now as opposed to later. It's like modern society's religion.

However, you can't deny that when E3 finally rolls around (and remember, we've got several more weeks of information and details), there will be a very different vibe in the gaming community: Rather than excited anticipation, we'll likely feel indifferent expectation. So what if Sony ends its conference with a fantabulous Uncharted 4 demo? Everyone is expecting it to happen, anyway. Therefore, when it does show up, there won't be any great response from the audience, and if it doesn't show up, I wouldn't be surprised to hear boos.

This is what the curse of instant gratification addiction does: It renders the achievement of a wish ineffectual. The old adage, "the anticipation of getting something is often better than actually getting it" doesn't apply to the gaming industry these days. And that's sad.

It's the SURPRISES that generated so much buzz, not merely the realization of the expected

If you look at the history of previous E3 presentations, you'll notice that everyone remembers the surprises. There are always a few, and they help to generate more interest in the industry in general. If we know everything ahead of time and we're simply waiting on confirmations, the excitement will have seeped out of the experience. By the time E3 actually gets here, I wonder what the game companies can do to get any attention at all.

Yes, obviously, the big games will get plenty of attention. Also, hearing about all this great gameplay scheduled to be presented isn't the same as actually seeing it. That being said, not knowing about it when you walk through those doors is a much more heady experience. You watch: When Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo doesn't announce something they were rumored to announce, all the journalists will ask why it didn't happen. That's what will make headlines; not what did get revealed, but what didn't.

That's what these leaks will cause.

I can't be the only one who feels this way... can I?

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Published May. 12th 2014
  • Juicy Jane
    E3 should be renamend to T3 (Trailers Trailers Trailers) there is nothing to look forward 2 on E3. big money, big trailers, but on the end of it there is no real news. there are only images for us 2 see but if the game will be out this year who knows.
  • SDowner
    Featured Contributor
    It's a tough one. In the run up to E3, predicting what will be shown and seeing leaks semi-confirming these games is all part of the excitement. But at the same time, you are right. This bits that have the most impact with me personally are the things that I didn't expect (such as Battlefront during the EA conference last time round).
  • Steve_9130
    I hate leaks in general, and the people leaking really don't deserve to have those jobs.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Well I guess Master Chief's voice actor is going to need a replacing as it was him that accidentally leaked Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 5.
  • Proto Foe
    Senior Intern
    Just because we know Halo 2 Anniversary is going to be at E3, Halo 5 is 2015, the Halo TV show will debut in spring 2015, Uncharted 4 will be shown, Gears of War Next will be revealed doesn't mean the excitement won't be there when the video/music plays!

    They want to surprise me? Buy me dinner first.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    I may just be cranky this morning, but if someone wants to surprise me with news, it's going to have to be something like:

    'Turns out our game is going to release exactly when we said it would!'
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Remember the days when cut-scenes/CGI were SO vastly different from the gameplay graphics, and it was actually comical when promos would only show those cut-scenes?

    I think I remember Sony doing that with Legend of Dragoon. ;)
  • [[Deleted]]
    That would be a surprise! I think alot of jaws would hit the floor.

    I may be jaded... but I'm getting sick of the "We will release it when we feel the game is ready" line.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Seeing things like Sony's press conference... eh actually I'm more curious about some things. I mean, how is ** going to have Francis ***** be playable. that'd imply actually developing new mechanics NEW MECHANICS IN AN UN******* GAME! PRAISE GOD!! That's -exciting-! That makes me think **** wasn't a fluke, so I actually have some hope for ** this year. I want to see what the future with S********r is. If anything, knowing what to roll my eyes at in advance just makes me happier for the GOOD news!

    Edited to remove spoilers.

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