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E3 2018 Thoughts: Sony

Um... what?

I'm left so confused with this conference. What even was that? So Sony started with The Last of Us 2, with the conference being in this... church building?? Then once the trailer ended sony took like a 30 minute break in order to move everyone to another building. Seriously. That intermission talk show thing just killed the pace. I mean, really? Stopping the conference for 15 minutes like that?

So once everyone got into the other building they showed off some titles. Some of which I though were cool looking, such as Trevor Saves The Universe, Ghost of Tsushima, and of course, a new trailer for Death Stranding (still no release date though!). They then proceeded to end the conference with a new look at Spider-man (again, no release date). They really didn't announce much with this one, which doesn't seem like a Sony thing to do at all.

Frankly this conference was just weird, between the two buildings, the weird clips interspersed in that were never explained. (UPDATE: apparently this was for a game called Dreams) They didn't talk about it at all though. I suppose that was to make up for the fact that they had nothing to announce this year?

But yeah, this one was very disappointing. I'm not a fan of it, and I hope that Sony does better next year.

(Personal) Rating: C+


E3 2018 Thoughts: Microsoft

Microsoft killed it this year. I didn't expect Microsoft to do this good this year at all. But yet, they did.

For starters, Microsoft kept up the pace, leaving out much of the talking and instead just showing trailer after trailer after trailer. Additionally, lots of good titles were shown, such as the new Cuphead dlc (I need to play Cuphead), Kingdom Hearts 3 (I need to play kingdom hearts), a new trailer for fallout 76, Metro: Exodus, We Happy Few, and way more. They also announced the acquisition of 5 studios, which was way more than I was expecting.

The only part that I didn't like was Forza, because that was the moment where someone got up on stage and talked about it, which felt like the event was sort of grinding to a halt to talk about Forza and really took me out of the fast pace that Microsoft was doing. It wasn't a big deal though, as although I don't care for Forza, there was nothing terribly offensive.

One thing that surprised me was the total lack of Minecraft, as that's something Microsoft usually dedicates time to. This is probably due to the fact that Minecraft has nothing to announce, and I think Microsoft realizes that it's best to leave Minecraft to it's own channels instead of letting it dampen the mood.

Overall though, I think this was one of the strongest showings Microsoft has had in years. They did a really good job on this year. It'll be interesting to see if the competition can match this.

(Personal) Rating: A


E3 2018 Thoughts: Tinybuild

Um, I don't even know what to say about this one. It seems like a copy of Devolver's conference last year. Some of the humor didn't land on me, but I can appreciate it. Not entirely sure how I feel about secret neighbor.

(Personal) Rating: ???


E3 2018 Thoughts: EA

So E3 is (sorta) here, (The expo hasn't even started yet) and EA is the first to go as in previous years, holding their annual EAPlay conference.

I'll be honest, I went in to it with very low expectations. The only thing I really wanted was Skate 4. But yet, despite the fact that I came in with virtually no expectations, I was still disappointed. It's honestly one of the worst conferences EA has had in a while.

For starters, the conference didn't have much at all. Very little in the conference deserved a press conference and could of been revealed on Twitter. We got some updates on Battlefield 5 (with battle royale mode because that's the current money making trend in the industry right now), then there was the usual sports games for the year, with updates to FIFA and a new NBA game. We also got a look at EA's new cloud-based service, Origin Access Premiere. Then, we got a look at the new command and conquer mobile game with a "match" being narrated as if it's an esport (why?? Why make it a generic mobile strategy game??) There was also some looks at indies, such as the announcement (and immediate release of) Unravel 2, and the announcement of A Way Out. Finally, the conference ended with a detailed look at Anthem.

Frankly, the only thing that interested me was Unravel 2. Everything else was meh, and I'm still really cautious about Anthem. So with that being said, why did they even hold a press conference this year? What was the point?

Oh, and no mention of Skate, despite the enormous demand for it.

Overall, I don't think I like this one. Although the only thing that was somewhat offensive was the mobile Command And Conquer title, there was also nothing really exciting. Everything was either stuff that we expected or stuff that we already knew about, with really only 1 or 2 things that came out of nowhere.

(Personal) Rating: C-


The 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Feels Surreal

This is a photo of South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean president Kim Jong-Un raising their hands together. But this isn't your average meeting between world leaders. This is a meeting between two leaders of two countries that were formerly one, divided by war, anger, and threats for over half a century. Yet, here they are. Holding their hands in the air together, acting almost like old friends. This photo represents peace. It represents a new Korea bound together by unity, instead of war. A Korea of cooperation. Suddenly, after years of Kim Jong-Un and North Korea testing nuclear weapons and missiles, threating annihilation against Japan, The United States, and it's neighbor South Korea, we have this photo, of said leader raising his hand in the air alongside the president of a country he previously threatened to invade.

This feels surreal to me. I remember just a few months ago reading reports of new North Korean missile and nuclear tests, with this conflict appearing to escalate. Now, we have the two koreas announcing that they are going to sign a formal peace treaty ending a war that never truely ended (the two Koreas signed a Armistice, but not a peace treaty) This has all happened in a matter of months. It feels so fast.

I wish the best of luck to both Koreas in their quest for peace, and to the Korean people. Maybe one day we'll see a unified Korea again.

Disclaimer: The photo in question was originally posted to the Korea.net Flickr account here. It is currently licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 2.0 license.