The noise of E3 is finally a distant murmur. We have been bombarded with press releases, headlines and PR so thick it has been difficult to catch a breath of air. I would have given a recap earlier, but trying to digest hours of news and trailers is fatiguing after a long day of work. Plus, I don’t get paid to write.
However, I do enjoy it. So here are the items that caught my eye from the conferences. I will write a bit more later on some of the games I am excited about and the Wii U. Bullet points ahead.
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Once again the Electronic Entertainment Expo, lovingly known as E3, is upon us. With four of the big press conferences happening on Monday and Nintendo giving details on their new console on Tuesday, things are going to get a bit hectic. But I doubt they will get very exciting.
Aside from Nintendo’s press conference where we anticipate details on their next system, I doubt there will be very many surprises. Microsoft will probably announce Halo 4 and try to push the Xbox as a media center (to expand its user base). Sony has the “Next Generation Portable” (rumoured name is Vita) to show off. Ubisoft and EA have Assassins Creed Revelations and Mass Effect 3 respectively.
Aside from speculating on “surprises”, there are some games I am looking forward to seeing more of. Mass Effect 3 is one of them, even though I’m about 10% through the second one. The teaser to the new Tomb Raider game looks nice and I’m hoping for more information (and that it won’t suck). My fingers are crossed to see much more of Hitman: Absolution, the Hitman series has always been a favourite of mine. Also, I am really hoping for another Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer and curious to see how Sony plays down the month of downtime.
I won’t be dumping “breaking” news here. I will post some recaps at night and discuss what is interesting to me as it happens. The five sites that I usually read for news are No High Scores (for the good news), Rock, Paper, Shotgun (for PC gaming related news), GameIndustry.biz and Gamasutra (for industry news) and Kotaku (for everything else).
I will also be doing a nightly review podcast over at Madness Brewing with Jamie.
You can catch the latest podcast where Jamie and I speculate on E3 by clicking here.
It is easy to criticize Sony left and right over how they handled this issue. However it is hard to understand the circumstances involved in a massive international security breach. The legal ramifications alone must mean they have to tread with caution.
That said, they did know about the breach on Wednesday. Even though they brought in a security firm to investigate the breadth of the damage done, they still had an idea what the breach entitled. They were purposefully vague while the personal information (and possibly credit card numbers and billing addresses) of millions of users were in the hands of the hackers. A little bit of transparency would have been nice.
If you saved your information into your PSN or Qriocity account I would notify your bank about possible credit card fraud. Also be vigilant to email, phone and snail mail phishing attempts.
PlayStation Blog: Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity.