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The Absolute Worst Moments Of E3 2012
This year's E3 just had so many bad moments. Whether it was a screwed up presentation or just a plain awful ending to their show, I could pick dozens of moments from this year's E3 show. But to keep this article from becoming a wall of text, I'll list just a few of the things that stood out to me.
Microsoft Forgets Their E3 Show Isn't A Concert
I've written in previous articles that the Electronic Entertainment Expo is about electronics that entertain people, not entertainment. People don't go to E3 to see celebrity guests, they just want to see the games. Time and time again, at least one of the major companies seems to forget this.
Oh hurray! Finally we can watch people dance around for no reason!
This year was apparently Microsoft's turn. Instead of just revealing the next game in the Just Dance series, Microsoft opted for the more obvious choice of having Usher and a bunch of backup dancers rush the stage, because every E3 after 2006 is required to have at least one dance routine.
As with most things that people don't care about, the dancing went on for way longer than it needed to. Or at least I think it did. There's a very real possibility that I just blacked out and imagined the whole thing. But at least Microsoft didn't end their show with dancing or something just as bad...
Microsoft Ends Their Show With Something Just As Bad
When it comes to the Call of Duty series I honestly have no opinion on them. Obviously they're popular, they're just not my cup of tea. My main gripe is that Microsoft decided to use Call of Duty Black OPS 2 to close out their E3 showing. Here's the main reason why that was a bad move...
Just watch, next year they're going to end it with Madden.
...IT'S A MULTIPLATFORM GAME! When Microsoft ended their show a few years ago by announcing Metal Gear Rising would be on the Xbox 360, that was acceptable. It was a big reveal because everyone expected it to be a Playstation exclusive. Call of Duty was never just on one console so they didn't have that wow factor.
Sure, the series is more popular on thd Xbox 360, but it is still a multiplatform title! Your big end of the show announcement can't be a game that every console is going to get! But at least Microsoft ended with a game, unlike this next entry...
Nintendo Didn't Even Have An Ending
While I was certainly steamed about Microsoft revealing a multiplatform game everybody already knew about, it simply doesn't compare to Nintendo's complete lack of an ending to their show. Sure, they announced a few games, but the final minutes of the show is when you bring out the big guns.
Haha! Screw you guys! You don't get an ending!
Instead of some big announcement or reveal, we were treated to a fake fireworks display. And they weren't even good fireworks. They were Wii Sports fireworks at the very best. I know Nintendo is more of a feel good company, but come on. They could have easily closed the show with Pikmin 3 and I would have been happy. Instead we get fireworks.
Reggie's Face Falls Off: Reggie Continues Conference
Just a bit ago I mentioned that out of the big three companies, Nintendo had the most laid back feel good style during their show. This isn't exactly a bad thing though. Miyamoto screwing with the crowd, Harley Quinn threatening Reggie, and all of the other little jokes spruced about.
Despite how less than stellar this year's E3 was, Reggie was on fire this time around with his goofiness.
Of course this tom foolery can have negative effects as well. During the presentation for the newly revealed ZombiU, Reggie was tasked with showing off the Wii-U's ability to make you look like a zombie. The first ten seconds things were going alright. Then Reggie's zombie face started to glitch out.
Upon seeing this, the presenter was clearly trying to get Reggie to stop playing with the zombie face mask. But good ole' Reggie was just having too much fun to care, forcing the presenter to continue on as if nothing was screwing up. Just a funny, awkward moment.
Sony's Next Big Failure: Wonder Books!
I dare you to say you were excited to see those alternate reality books Sony was showing off with a straight face. YOU LOOK ME IN THE EYES! While the books are neat in concept, the technology simply isn't there yet. I know, we have to start somewhere...
Beware the polygon dragon and his horrifying ability to vanish if the room is too dark!
But adding an accessory with an unknown cost to an accessory that already costs $100 to play on your $250 system, and don't forget all of those digital books you would have to buy as well. While all of this sound pretty bad already, I haven't even begun to talk about how bad the E3 showing was.
The book's reveal took up a very large portion of Sony's E3 showing. I haven't timed it yet, but the book presentation might have actually been longer than the original reveal of the Move. Most of that time was spent watching adults fumbling around while talking about how easy it will be to control. It ranked up there as one of E3 2012's worst moments. It was just so... bad.
There were plenty of other absolutely terrible moments from this year's E3, but I'm writing this article on what can at best be described as a virtual keyboard without a mouse. The fact that I even got this much done with the tools I'm currently using is a feat in itself. What other moments were just terrible for you this year? Why not share them in the comments below? Thanks for reading!
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