Even if you’ve survived E3, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet. You still have to get to the airport, get home, get your car, unpack your luggage, and organize your goodies. And if you’re like me, you need to turn in several writing assignments, not to mention get on with your personal life.
But first things first, before we get caught up in all the things one has to do when they get home, it’s important to have something to do before you get there. In my case, I had several hours to kill in the airport waiting for my flight, which meant a whole lot of searching for things to keep myself entertained.
At first I tried to come up with a list of good things that happened at E3, things that I will go home and tell my friends about. Games like Half-Life 2, a title that used its technology in ways few games had even dreamed of. Or SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs, which ended up fixing almost every problem I had with the original, and adding so much more it’s almost mind boggling. Or even Gran Turismo 4, a racing game so realistic, it’s hard to believe a game could look better.
Before too long I found myself running out of ideas. There were many wonderful games, and even better moments at E3, but reliving them in my mind was only making me miss the expo that much more. So I started thinking about the dubious titles on the shows floor. Titles like Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure or Sony’s horrendous new invention, the Eye Toy. There were a bunch of these little titles that were easy to loathe, which made me feel a little bit better about going home.
Before too long I found myself revisiting the list of predictions I made on the flight to E3 (as mentioned in Rule One). As I scanned my list, I noticed I that many of my predictions ended up coming true, even though a few of them happened in somewhat unexpected ways. But if the video game industry has taught me anything over the years, it’s that you can never predict what will happen with 100% accuracy. Here are my predictions, and how I feel I did know what I know now.Nintendo will be hard pressed to top last years show!
This was a pretty safe bet, considering they had a new Metroid, Mario, and Zelda at last year’s E3. Of course, this year wasn’t a total bust; there was a new Star Fox, F-Zero, and Mario Kart title. And there were a number of surprises on the GameBoy Advance, including a new Mario + Luigi RPG, a brand new Metroid, and a port to the best Mario of them all, and the best selling game of all time, Super Mario Brothers 3. But compared to last year, Nintendo’s booth was fairly tame.
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