The Best And Worst Time Of The Gaming Year
I know that some of you may be immediately thinking that the best time of the year is the fourth quarter, where the biggest and most exciting games come out. Similarly, you may also view it as the worst time of the year because it’s exams, you’re broke, you can’t afford the time to play all the games or afford to even buy them. You know, and all the rest of those first world problems.
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But that’s not the time period I’m referring to. In fact, I’m talking about right now.
That is, because we’re closing in on what I call the gaming apocalypse. There are barely any noteworthy titles this month, or last. Yet we’re closing in on one of the most exciting times of the entire year, that is, the annual E3 convention. Not to mention we’re making a pit stop at Microsoft’s highly anticipated next generation Xbox reveal on May 21. So we’re closing in on this tsunami of all things gaming, and it’s going to be terrific and mind blowing and the whole gaming world will be ablaze.
There’ll be tons of new game reveals. Next generation games on full display. Surprises. Twists. Big announcements. Technology showcases and demos. Everything you could want.
It really is the best time of the gaming year. Or at least, it always has the potential to be.
But it’s also the worst. If we ignore the concept of E3 just turning out to be disappointing (which I find to be highly unlikely this year), the reason is because both before and after the huge conference, we’re practically in radio silence. We’re moving towards a massive boom of gaming galore, and then it’s all going to go completely dead. There won’t even be news to report on really.
Sure, we have Remember Me and The Last Of Us as big titles in June, but the first game seems to be for a minority group and the second is exclusive to PlayStation. So in the big picture of gaming, it’s pretty much dead. I know many, like our own Caveshen, would appreciate the silence as it gives time to catch up on the extensive backlog and all those other wonderful things in life.
But for me, I don’t really enjoy the waiting game. I don’t mind having few things here and there to kind of connect the dots, for instance a big game this month, a big movie next month and so on and so on, but I don’t enjoy there being absolutely nothing of interest to even talk about for a while, then a Godzilla-sized cake of happiness, then three months (June, July, August) of mellow.
I suppose it’s unavoidable given that developers and publishers keep all cards close to the chest before E3, throw everything down onto the table at E3, and then hibernate. Consider this just my pre-gaming apocalypse pep talk. Although you never know. Nintendo is skipping E3 this year, so perhaps they’re preparing to blow our minds shortly after the event? I don’t know, maybe with the magical Pokemon Z, the upgrade of X and Y. And yes, Pokemon X and Y are real games.