I’m not actually attending E3 this year, but it tests my theory that you should be able to experience these giant media events from home if they’re even remotely going to be worth the time and the money they spend to throw them, and E3 is the best example of how to do that correctly. Not only do they live-stream every bit of the presentation, but they release all the new exclusive visual materials that are brought to the event online as soon as they premiere at E3. Sure, there are things that are exclusive to the event, but there’s no video game fan who is going to end this week frustrated that they didn’t get to see anything good.
My kids are just hitting the age where they are aware of E3 as an event, and they are absolutely out of their minds crazy about gaming. We game together the same way we watch movies together, and we talk a lot about what it is that keeps us playing things or that makes us drop something quickly to return to an old favorite. We’re also having to start to talk about the emotional side of gaming as the boys get better and better at playing EA’s NBA or FIFA games. They can get so invested in the outcome that I am halfway convinced I’m going to have an incident of hooliganism occur in my living room at some point.