The unspoken truths of E3 2009

What happened to our third-party sizzle reels?

At previous E3s, the big three would show off a long, exciting video showcasing all of the awesome third-party games coming in the next year. This year all they wanted to talk about was new hardware, tangential new features (like Microsoft’s Facebook support), first-party titles, and a few select third party games. All Nintendo gave us was three third-party games we’d already seen.

Above: Yah we know 

Where was the excitement? We’re used to walking away from the conferences saying, “Wow! There were, like, 30 awesome games in that reel.” No more?

As usual, there are apparently only a few decent presenters in the whole industry

Peter Moore, Jack Tretton, and Tim Schafer seemed pretty cool and calm. Most of the presenters, however, fumbled over lines, looked nervous and inexperienced, and didn’t project the kind of confidence we’d expect from such big, powerful companies. Nintendo’s Cammie seemed out-of-touch (and boring). Reggie was… Reggie. Sony’s motion-control demonstration was painful to watch. Kudo’s Project Natal antics were internet-meme-quality stuff. Microsoft’s big celebrity guests, Beatles Paul and Ringo, looked bored and aloof. James Cameron was long-winded – as cool as Avatar looks, we can only hear about it for so long.

Games industry, please, enroll yourself in some public speaking seminars.

No one likes LA

Sorry LA, you might be fun for a one-night stand (sure, all the best parties happen in LA), but you’re not our ideal location for a conference. Our team got rear-ended trying to drive on your maddening streets. You’re smoggy, you’re tiresome, you’re spread out, and guess what… WE’RE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. 1up, GameSpot, GamesRadar US, Official Xbox Magazine, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, Nintendo Power, Capcom, Sega, Sony Computer Entertainment America, EA Redwood City… the list goes on.

Above: The air tastes like boogers 

There were rumors last year of a move to San Francisco, but it didn’t happen. Oh how we’d love to be able to go straight from our office to the conference…that just makes too much sense, doesn’t it?

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  • jar-head - June 16, 2009 4:20 a.m.

    GR is the future of game, Everything. how abotu htat?
  • MoonPig - June 15, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    imo, E3 should be in coventry in the UK. also, motion control sucks, real games FTW
  • Demonflare - June 13, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    Nothing but bam
  • NanoElite666 - June 13, 2009 3:32 a.m.

    @NeoKef: Nice Megadeth reference there. \m/
  • mertor3190 - June 12, 2009 9:41 p.m.

    Man they should have E3 in San Diego, SO THAT I CAN ACTUALLY GO. and oh yeah i didnt knew MGS Rising wasn exclusive. cool
  • ELpork - June 12, 2009 7:07 p.m.

    Ugh.... The sad part is that the only way "I" could see Burnout revenge with the new 360 motion..... thing was threw Jimmy fallen...... why?
  • Ravenbom - June 12, 2009 4:01 p.m.

    I thought there was a 10 year deal to keep E3 in LA at the Staples Center? I don't think it's going to move to SF anytime soon. Especially when the Staples Center and Downtown LA really want that business. Plus, I think E3 is supposed to garner mainstream press, more so than games journalism, and they're all based out of LA.
  • Urbansamuri47 - June 12, 2009 3:01 p.m.

    i dont care about all this motion stuff. what ever happened to the aspect of acctual games??? i wanna see more games and less bs. nintendo inperticular. i was one of its biggest fans and now i feel like i was traded out along with the rest of the die hards for just more money and press. come on, isnt E3 supposed to be about what new titles are gonna be coming out?
  • DrRock - June 12, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    That pic of Brett is hilarious. He's totally got the hundred yard stare that soldiers get in the battlefield.
  • The_Lurcher - June 12, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    Ok I understand that that your annoyed how microsoft, sony and nintendo neglected their Third party freinds this year. However with thing's like Nintendo's conference if they had shown their 3rf party games it would end up being ten minuites of people exclaiming "PARTY" and "IMAGINE" and possibly a few pictures of Ferne Cotton
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - June 12, 2009 4:30 a.m.

    BAM . . . there it is! It will never get old. Just like Spikey headed Wii music guy who waits for cheers and never gets them, giant monster crab/lobster thing . . . that was real 0.o, and RIGE RACERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
  • AntistaIsTheLight - June 12, 2009 4:23 a.m.

    @Samuel:While the Wii does have a browser,well...It sucks.Also,speaking of Wii,can YOU see the bottom of a MII's shoe?No,i thought not.
  • nik41507 - June 12, 2009 2:46 a.m.

  • nik41507 - June 12, 2009 2:46 a.m.

    really. picking on LA
  • NeoKef - June 12, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    Wii sells...but whose buying? People who like trends, that's who. Motion control does nothing but collect dust to my friends who aren't hardcore gamers.
  • NanoElite666 - June 12, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    I can think of one multi-platform game that had a multi-conference showing, and that was Final Fantasy XIII at both Microsoft's and Sony's shows. Other than that, nada...
  • Spybreak8 - June 12, 2009 2 a.m.

    Sony's motion control demo with 2 guys with glowing dildos made me really laugh.
  • thor0997 - June 12, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    Yea motion control is going to be the new live action video. Cool trend then rapid fall.
  • georgeguy - June 12, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    @fionnoh but it cost money now doesnt it?
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - June 11, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    "Disregarding the ball wand, hadn't Sony been working on motion control for many, many years prior to the Sixaxis? And wasn't the Sixaxis technically released before the Wiimote?" @Sabatos Sure, Microsoft has been working on it too. But you don't think it's interesting that a year after the Wii, Microsoft comes out at E3 and says, "OH SHIT AVATARS YALL!" and two years after both Microsoft and Sony go "LOOKATOURMOTIONCONTROLS!!!!!" No? Doesn't matter when they started working on them, what matters is that now is the time they've decided to embrace them as the future of gaming.

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