E3 2015 and the Nintendo world championshipJune, 16, 2015
E3, the time of year where people from across the world’s gaming industry get together to show their shiniest products, from the expected to the unexpected, from the cash cows to the indie gems, from the great to the rubbish. The time where smaller developers get some limelight where they otherwise would not, and the big publishers can show off their grandiose cinematic trailers, showcase their exclusive footage and make promises of the ‘next big leap in gaming’.
E3 officially starts tonight, however, before the main event many of the big publishers (EA, Bethesda, Sony) have press conferences highlighting their major titles and generally trying to outdo each other!
The start of E3 opened with a bang with Nintendo bringing back the Nintendo World Championship from the dead, last held 25 years ago! The tournament took place over the course of Sunday evening at the E3 venue. It involved 16 contestants (consisting of mostly Speedrunners), battling it out through numerous Nintendo titles such as Super Smash Bros and the newly released Splatoon, to earn the title of Nintendo world champion 2015 and a signed copy of the Nintendo 3ds xl from the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario and Zelda).
The winner in the end was John Numbers, with the runner up Cosmo Wright crumbling under the pressure in the finals. Throughout the evening new releases such as BlastBall were teased (a Metroid inspired multiplayer shooter sports game). However this is not the end for Nintendo as their press conference happens later today!
Back to the meat of the E3 action, press conferences from Bethesda, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Sony all happened yesterday evening (until the early hours of the morning). These press conferences were to a handful of gaming personalities and press, but it was fully streamed on Twitch.tv as well. The streaming brought up to 350,000 concurrent viewers at any one time (causing the stream to inevitably die a few times).
These reveals consisted of bigger reveals of games already announced, reveals of games rumoured (or expected) to be coming out soon, top secret releases and the occasional reveal from a smaller studio being backed by one of the major publishers and developers, with a mix of new and upcoming services. A few more of these press conferences are happening tonight (Nintendo and Square Enix included) before the main event opens for business.
There were also smaller intermission pieces hosted by various YouTube and Twitch personalities which showcased new and upcoming games from developers who didn’t have an arsenal of games to show.
As always, the conferences were a mixed bag from obviously scripted segments and cringe worthy pieces to the genuinely interesting and surprising reveals from passionate and genuine developers, however there is still plenty of content to see in the coming days!
Be sure to check out the various broadcasts from the main venue at the Los Angeles Convention Center between the 16th and the 18th (unfortunately you can’t actually attend)! at http://www.twitch.tv/twitch
But beware, as we have learnt from previous E3’s that promises can and will be broken, with numerous release delays and underwhelming results bound to occur, so take this event with a pinch of salt. Caveat emptor!
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