this is your friendly E3 reminder that
  • you shouldn’t trust trailers. A lot of trailers do not show off what the game will actually be like, but instead what the developers would like the game to be. More often than not the difference turns out to be massive. (Articles: Gamespot, AllGames, The Point, GamesRadar)
  • you shouldn’t trust demos either. Demos for E3 are often made especially for this event and the final game will most likely look entirely different, especially if the game won’t be coming out for a couple of years. Much like trailers, demos are often what the developers want the game to be. (Articles: VG24/7, Far Cry 3 demo vs retail, Ryse Son of Rome demo vs retail, PlayStationLifeStyle)
  • you really shouldn’t pre-order games. Remember the unreliable trailers and demos? No one really knows what the game is going to be like until it’s released and customers and reviewers get their hands on it. These days the review embargos for games are closer to the release than ever before, meaning that a lot of people will have already pre-ordered the game without any chance of refunds when the review comes out and everyone discovers the game is actually shit. And for what? You save a couple of bucks and get a Resident Evil 5 snow globe? (Articles: Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun, VentureBeat, Totalbiscuit, Polygon, Consumerist)
  • speaking of which: you shouldn’t buy into early access either. Not only are you buying a product that isn’t finished (you wouldn’t do that with a book or movie, right?) but you’re also playtesting the game for the developers for free. Once upon a time being a playtester was a job you got paid for. No matter how cool the idea behind an early access game seems the reality of game development is harsh and a game rarely turns out anywhere near what the developers wanted. (Articles: ExtremeTech, Gamesindustry, VentureBeat)

I know it’s really easy to get roped into the hype, but please, try to stay critical of what trailers and demos show you. And please, be mindful of what you spend your money on and for what reason.

The games industry is a pretty shitty place for a lot of reasons, but as the consumers we have the power to change that, because the power is money. If we change the way we spend money on games, the industry will follow.

Here’s a look at what games are coming to E3 this year.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Borderlands 3
Crossing Souls
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The Division
Enter the Gungeon
Fable Legends
Fallout 4 (Rumour) [1] [2]
Forza 6
Gears of War 4
Halo 5: Guardians
Homefront 2: The RevolutionDeep
Just Cause 3
Kingdom Hearts 3
LEGO Jurassic World
Mad Max
Mario Maker
Mass Effect 4
Magic Duels: Origins
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Minecraft: Story Mode
Mirror’s Edge 2
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
No Man’s Sky
Persona 5
Quantum Break
Relics of Gods
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rock Band 4
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
Star Fox for Wii U
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars (Visceral Project)
Sword Coast Legends
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Until Dawn
WWE 2K162K
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Yoshi’s Wooly World





Nintendo - Get Ready for E3 2015!


Here are Nintendo’s plans for E3 ⊟

We’re getting another “Digital Event” (June 16, 9AM PT) instead of a press conference again, with a stream updating us on Nintendo’s upcoming plans. We’ll also have more Treehouse Live @ E3 streams, which was the highlight of last year’s show, if not the entire year. Yessssss.

And the Nintendo World Championships are returning! We haven’t seen one of these in 25 years – great way to replace the Super Smash Bros. tournament held at E3 last year with another competition for fans.

Anyway, watch this video if you’re into seeing Nintendo of America’s president stuff his face with bananas, Erik Peterson’s incredibly handsome mug, and Bill Trinen’s last moments at the company. Sorry to see you go, Bill.