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E3 2013 – welcome to the next generation

It’s that time of year again.

I’m not even going to attempt to keep up with the torrent of information that’s going to be pouring out of Los Angeles, starting in the next few hours and going on for 3 insane days. Heck, even full-fledged websites struggle under that kind of workload and I’m just one blogger. (A rather magnificent one, it must be said, but still just one.)

So here’s my plan, dear readers. I’m going to watch all the press conferences today, or at least as many of them as I can stay up for. (Future Me – 2 and a half. That’s not bad!)

I’m going to take notes while the conferences are going on and try uploading them as soon as possible once they finish.

And then, once the deluge starts dying down, I’m going to sift through the haystack of gaming news and focus on the important ones. The game-breaking ones. If all else fails, the shiny ones.

That’s my plan. It probably won’t happen, at least not as organized as I just made it sound. I’ll miss stories, whether through inattention or simply Not-Giving-A-Damn (hello, this year’s Madden!). Heck, I’m typing this minutes before I dash off to find someplace with a connection reliable enough to let me stream the conferences in a resolution greater than Minecraft’s, so there’s a good chance this post might be delayed as well. (Future Me – damn, I’m good.)

And there will be many of those – whatever else is revealed at E3, we know we’re on the threshold of something amazing. Next-Gen – the phrase is bandied about so much that it’s lost all meaning. I’ve been using it myself for years now, and it’s yet to sink in that we’re finally here. It’s finally here. Marketing hyperbole aside, I don’t think there’s any doubt that what we see over the next few days could potentially have a huge impact on what we play and the way we play for the foreseeable future. I am so excited right now, and so should you be. This is a wonderful time to be a gamer, and I can’t wait to see what happens. Show me the future, E3. Next-Gen is now.

God, what wouldn’t I give to be in the Los Angeles Convention Center now.

E3 and LA are still going steady (for three more years, anyway)

After speculation that E3 would be leaving the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2013 and beyond, the Entertainment Software Association announced today that a deal has been struck to keep the gaming juggernaut in L.A. for three more years. The expo, which brings something in the neighbourhood of $40 million to the city each year, was considering the move because of the proposed construction of a football field in the midst of the area that houses the LACC and the Staples Center. After some no-doubt-intense negotiations, an acceptable consensus was reached. Which is a very good thing, because as president of the ESA Micheal Gallagher told The Verge:

“It takes about 24 months to turn a show. They’re like aircraft carriers. They can’t turn on a dime.”

As similes go, I’ll take aircraft carriers over boxes of chocolates every damn time.

E3 2012 – Boom goes the dynamite!

Come, all ye faithful!

And the biggest carnival in gaming rolls round again. Hide your daughters (in other castles) and ready your nerd-rages – there’s nothing quite like E3.