With the 2013 E3 show only one day away (and with media presentations already under way), it’s inevitable: gamers are going to get carried away with hype.
We know you want to be excited. We know you want to cheer for your favored platforms and titles. But we also know you’ve been burned before by bad games with bogus claims.
With that in mind, we implore you to keep these 10 things in mind as you watch, read, and “learn” about everything being shown off in LA this week.
1. If it’s not specifically labeled or called gameplay, it’s not gameplay.
2. Real gameplay is polished to hell to hide/brush over glaring flaws.
3. If designers won’t talk about the last game, the new one isn’t better.
4. Booth models do not have the answers. They are, however, very nice.
5. If the story can be paraphrased “Just kill the bad guys,” the story sucks.
6. The more “exclusive” a story is, the more the “reporters” were bribed.
7. If it looks like a gimmick and sounds like a gimmick, it’s a gimmick.
8. Ignore these words: new abilities, accessible, connected, anticipated.
9. Bad graphics in AAA games shows the project isn’t being prioritized.
10. Remember: You don’t have to choose between Microsoft and Sony.