Press Start: E3 2017 will be as wild and embarrassing as ever
It's June, which means for gamers, it's basically Christmas.
Why? Because we're on the cusp of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the most-anticipated gaming conference of the year.
By the end of the week, fans will be treated to word of new games, demos and trailers for anticipated titles, and basically nonstop excitement over our shared hobby.
Here's what to expect from E3 2017 when the show kicks off Saturday.
It wouldn't be E3 without the games and, as always, this year's show will have tons.
There are plenty of games that were announced and shown off at past E3s that we still don't know much about such as a new “God of War,” “Death Stranding” and the upcoming Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games. It's a sure bet fans will be treated to new trailers and/or gameplay demos for these and other hotly anticipated games.
Other games I hope we get a taste of include “Red Dead Redemption 2” and “The Last of Us Part II.” These five are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. There are sure to be dozens more.
Then there are games we don't know about that will be announced for the first time, possibly such as the rumored “Wolfenstein” and “Bloodborne” sequels. If we're really lucky, we might even see a brand-new franchise or the revival of a long-lost, beloved series such as “Metroid.”
Basically, gamers have a lot to be excited for this year.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is out in the wild, but there's still a lot we don't know about Microsoft's upcoming console code named Project Scorpio. That's going to change at E3.
Without a doubt, much of Microsoft's press conference will be dedicated to this new machine, which is set to launch this holiday season. We'll finally learn its real name, its true specs and price. We might get a chance to witness how virtual reality—a growing gaming market—uniquely ties into the console.
After months of rumors and speculation, it will be a relief to hear directly from Microsoft what might set its new hardware apart. Let's hope it's not a letdown.
EMBARASSING MOMENTS AND MEMES
E3 is great and all for informing the public and for getting fans excited about upcoming games, but the show is more than that. Watching the press conferences is a shared cultural experience among gamers who, years later, remember the event with fondness.
It's only fitting the moments that live on in infamy tend to be the embarrassing ones.
I still remember last year when publisher Ubisoft started its conference with people dressed in colorful animal costumes dancing to Queen who quickly went quiet and somber as someone spoke about the Orlando nightclub shooting. Talk about a jarring (and unintentionally hilarious) moment.
Then there was the woman heard ceaselessly screaming with joy during publisher Bethesda's show. Someone must have left a live mic too close to her (or maybe she really was just incredibly loud), and Twitter was abuzz talking about her long after the show ended.
And back in 2011, Ubisoft tried to censor curse words during a live trailer of a “Far Cry 3” villain's monologue. The result was hilariously off-time bleeps and uncensored swear words galore. It was made funnier by the fact that, at the following E3, Ubisoft showed a female character's breasts during a trailer for the same game. I guess they gave up.
Some other dank memes worth knowing: the reaction guys, giant enemy crab, “my body is ready” and Mr. Caffeine. The list goes on.
These are just a few examples among the dozens of funny blunders that grace each E3, and they're often more entertaining than the games developers are trying to show off. No matter what happens this year, I'm sure it's going to be a memorable show.
Video game columnist Jake Magee has been with GazetteXtra since 2014. His opinion is not necessarily that of Gazette management. Let him know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, leaving a comment below, or following @jakemmagee on Twitter.