Pro tip, kids: If you’re going to try to prank the worldwide gaming community in relation to the most exciting, most scrutinised event of its year, spend more than three minutes thinking about said prank.
The first of the (probably numerous) supposed leaks from E3 2010 has appeared, and by the looks of it, someone either rattled it off at home (early in the morning, before coffee), or we’re in for the most generic - yet nonsensical - E3 ever this year.
It’s a mixture of the can’t-fail-to-be-there (Gears of War 3, Killzone 3, Guitar Hero 6), obvious genero-sequel ideas relating to current big-hitters (Forza 4 and Bad Company 3 so soon, really? And Fahrenheit 2 being mentioned so soon after the release of Heavy Rain is just painfully unsubtle) and obvious internet fanboy bait ("Hey, Battletoads was a meme, and people got really excited about those Killer Instinct 3 and Road Rash rumours a while back. That makes them totally plausible, right? Also, MASS EFFECT ON PS3! LOLZ!")
Our favourite detail though? The slightly suspicious way that the list only details the four biggest publishers most relevant to the hardcore gamer. Surely Nintendo would be listed with the other platform holders. And what about the numerous E3 certs that are left off this list, presumably because they weren’t obvious enough for the writer to think of before his morning dump? No Last Guardian? No Fable III? No PlayStation Move whatsoever? And the total lack of Halo: Reach is ludicrous.
Above: Uncertain to be at E3, apparently
But what do you reckon? Are we being too cynical? Is a list as obvious as this one actually plausible, and are the omissions just unconfirmed presentations at this time? Or is it, as we think, a lazy grab-bag of stories that have been big on the internet over the last couple of years, thrown together without a hint of care for believability? How would you feel if this list was genuine?
(Seriously though, a new Battletoads would be sweet)