E3 really isn’t what it used to be. Part of that is the growth of the internet and social media, and part of it is that I’m not 12 anymore. It’s definitely hard to be surprised when dozens of first-plays and previews go up the day something is announced, and it’s harder to feel like I can read and re-read the tidbits that come out while still maintaining some sort of enthusiasm.
Wait, I’m sorry. That’s usually the type of thing I’d type up about E3. This year, however, we’re looking at the lead-up to a new generation of consoles – consoles that build upon the online models we’ve grown comfortable with, the build themselves into massively interconnected marketplaces. That means all the usual bellyaching about the yearly Trade Show flies out the window as we ponder new hardware and services. (We reserve bellyaching to the price announcements).