E3 3018 A Reflection

My thoughts on the 2018 E3 show that we had last week.

It’s been a week since E3 2018 took place.  We’ve been going for many years.  The past two years with the opening of it to the public really made an impact on the show, and not in a good way.  This year however, it seems they had a plan, made it easy to get your badge, get in and it was not over saturated.  This is the first year with the public that I said to myself “maybe I will come back again”.   There was a point where I was absolutely never coming back as long as the public was allowed in.

You couldn’t get to try the games, they gave out the most minimal swag, and it was like trying to get through a maze of lost people.

One change that was made this year was the security measures that they put in place and that all has to do with the state of the world.  Really nothing to do with the show.  I thought they did a great job getting people in, through I felt it was a little strict, but rather be strict than sorry.

I’m not going to get into the games that I saw this year.  I’ve been thinking about which ones I thought I was going to buy, doing some research on the ones I did’t get to play.

All in all they made this show fun, and I learned quite a bit.   If you do have the ability to buy a gamer pass for next year I would, but unfortunately a lot of the games shown at E3 don’t come out for years.  That’s on the developers.

I’ll be writing about the games I played, what I saw, and putting up some pictures.   Many pictures are on my Instagram and Twitter. Which are both on our page.

Check it out! Let us know our thoughts and what you want us to cover.

Detroit: Becoming Human a Review

I am not new to playing Quantic Dream games.  I’ve played Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy years ago.  Both games I played through.  If you know me, you’d know that me and playing games completely through do not go hand in hand.  I spend a lot of time playing Call of Duty multiplayer.

Two weeks ago I began playing Detroit: Becoming Human.  I had read reviews, seen the trailers and read comments.  Still, I didn’t know what I was getting in to at the time.

In Detroit, you control 3 different androids, essentially created by humans to either help humans or be their companions.  We play as Connor, a detective, Kara, a nanny type and Marcus, more of a companion to an older gentleman named Carl.

This and the previous games I mentioned are absolutely story driven.  It’s not your hack and slash kind of games.  Every single choice you make has a very important consequence.

As you play through the game you begin to feel for the androids, at least I did.  I saw a lot of what we are going through here in the U.S in this game.  Which really made it feel real.  There were many, many  times when I was so embroiled in the game that my emotions had gotten the best of me.

The game isn’t long, but there is a lot to do and a lot of thinking to do.  Yet in your first run through, you really don’t know what exactly is going to happen.  You just know that the androids are having feelings, that humans are trying to suppress them.  I really didn’t encounter too many androids that were bad, they had all been programmed well.  Connor was the most advanced android I controlled and boy when you get to the end, and realize you made the wrong choices, it makes you feel bad.

It is one of those games where you do have to hit the keys in order as they appear on the screen.  Similar to the first few God of Wars (the new one is pretty good too, but that’s for another post).

Quantic Dreams doesn’t have many games but the ones they do are high quality, I feel the same way about Rockstar games.  I am playing Beyond Two Sounds right now, which is included in the PS Now line up.  For $19.99. a months it is definitely worth it, to have access to over 600 games, some even are ps3 games and that’s okay, some of those were great, and able to be played again, even years later.  Check out the trailer for Detroit: Become Human below, but I highly recommend checking this game out on your own.  The trailer doesn’t do it justice.

E3 2018 Begins Tomorrow

It’s that time again, E3 will flood downtown LA bringing with it an immense collections of games, world premieres and tech marvels.  If you were lucky enough to get a badge, the next 3 days is going to be a wild ride.   We have seen the conferences ahead of time and it seems that the big companies are bringing great products for all of us to see.

There are many games I am excited for, though I can’t list them all here but one is definitely The Last of us II.

This is just a taste of what I am looking forward too. Of course this is PS4 exclusive.

We will be updating our Facebook and Instagram daily as we make. our way through the show.  Please be sure to take a look at what we post and look at our pictures.

 

How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley

 

Comic Con 2017 Open Registration, Today

 

2016 Comic Con Convention Center
Photo by Caprice Conley

Are you ready? I know, that is a question never to ask anyone who is going after a Comic Con badge, especially on the day. Comic Con doesnt have the most user friendly purchasing system, but someway, somehow, it works. Though not everyone will say that it does. By now everyone has all of their links to where they will be able to get into a landing page in the morning. It is here where the stress truly truly sets in for some.

Watching the spinning wheel, seeing the tweets from people who just scored the most awesome badge ever possible and then more waiting. For anyone who hasn’t attended comic previously they really have no idea what goes into not only obtaining a badge, but securing a hotel. That though is a whole different post.

Make sure you have breakfast, have some coffee. Get in the waiting room, set your computer settings so it won’t turn off on you. Be plugged in, charged up and know all your passwords. Have your credit card information.

If you are lucky you have some friends who are also in the rankings to score a badge, and they too shall have an opportunity to purchase a couple badges. Stay connected.  Stay calm.

There is just a little over 9 hours left until the chaos begins. Best of luck to all of you.