It was inevitable that E3 would end this way. Even earlier than the pandemic put a pause on in-person gatherings, the Digital Leisure Expo was already on life-support because the bigger builders had already put distance between themselves and the occasion to deal with their very own shows on their very own time. And although E3’s eventual cancellation was all however written in stone, I nonetheless really feel an amazing sense of loss. Which is odd contemplating I’ve by no means been to E3.
I’ve coated it remotely earlier than. It was my first yr of freelancing for a small online game wiki web site that not exists and I used to be excited as a result of this was, in my freelancer’s eyes, the massive leagues. I used to be overlaying E-friggin’-3. This was occasion that I had dreamed of after I first determined that working an workplace job was not for me. I used to be nonetheless at that workplace job, watching the presentation reside on YouTube, ignoring my precise work, whereas I rushed to get brief 200 phrase blogs up about stuff like Hazelight Studios’ latest sport No Means Out. And I figured that after I bought a full-time video games journalism job, I wouldn’t be doing this from a cubicle, however from the E3 auditorium itself.
However E3 was this monolith, my Everest, the one factor I felt wanted to do to in a position to name myself a “actual” online game journalist. And now it’s gone, probably for good.
I’m unhappy not simply because it’s a online game benefit badge I’ll doubtless by no means earn, however as a result of there are so many little issues to see and expertise that in-person occasions like E3 facilitate. I simply bought again from GDC, and I maintain discovering little indie video games like 5 Force Fighters and Moonstone Island and having random, spur-of-the-moment conversations with sport builders and my very own friends in increased esteem than I do strolling the present ground, or sitting by means of shows and panels. E3 might have been that instances 1,000.
I do know that my concept of E3 was and is outdated. I additionally know that the occasion generally is a huge burden for builders who need to take day trip of their improvement schedule to supply the shiny demos and trailers E3 calls for, to not point out the prices related to flying and housing people in Los Angeles. In that regard, E3’s cancellation is a internet good. But when it’s introduced again sooner or later as ReedPop’s assertion suggests it is going to, I hope I’ll lastly get my alternative to go.