I already made a post a few weeks ago about why the PC Gaming Show was a bad idea. It’s linked there if you’re curious about the whole thing, but I’ll summarize for you: PC Gamer, the website where they review and critique PC games, decided that they would put on a show where they bring up a bunch of developers, publishers, and other industry people to show off their products. In other words, it’s a site that’s supposed to be unbiased and ethical picking and choosing which things they like the most and marketing them for the developers. But PC Gamer has more or less been unapologetic fanboys for awhile now, so perhaps this isn’t super surprising.
But the show itself was truly something to behold. The biggest issue, among many, was its length. Running two and a half hours, they ran through about forty guests in total. Even at the break neck pace the show was going at it still felt like a slog. Twitter was alight with people who were constantly wondering when the show was going to end. They then cheered when the host finally said “this is our final guest”. I couldn’t help but agree with them.
Another issue was the amount of guests, and sometimes the guests themselves. The fact that each guest that came out had to say how happy they were there was a “pc gaming press conference” was a little odd. Almost like they all needed some kind of validation. But who knows, maybe they were actually excited about it.
But some of the guests didn’t make any sense. Why did we have hardware manufacturers there? Why is the guy who helps graphics companies make better drivers for games on stage for ten minutes? People like this didn’t help their pacing issues and they also didn’t have anything interesting to show for it. Many of them had clearly never been on stage before either – but I totally understand being nervous on stage.
Now let’s talk about the host. Of all the things going on with the show, the host was the best. I’m a huge Day fan. I’ve been watching him for years and I’m glad that of all people he was the one chosen to host this thing. He was a little awkward occasionally, but he still managed to give it some kind of personality. Some of his comments made me wonder if he knew some what was going on was garbage.
For the games and news themselves, much of it wasn’t all that interesting. Microsoft announced that the Gears 1 remake will be coming to PC, but didn’t commit to bringing Gears 4 to PC as well – something I’ll doubt they’ll ever do. No Man’s Sky was announced again for PC, which is weird since it was always coming to PC alongside the PS4.
A couple of people came on to talk about their game, but didn’t actually show anything. CliffyB talked about how bored he was being rich and not making games, so he decided to make another game. Chris Roberts showed a weird behind the scenes video about Star Citizen that included very little game footage at all.
A bunch of the games were also shown at other conferences. Games like Tacoma, Hitman, Ion, and the Gears 1 remake were all shown at other conferences. Now, it isn’t like this doesn’t happen with the console shows either, it definitely does. But since the show ran twice the length of any of those shows, I think they could afford to cut some of the repeated stuff.
Now there were some cool things. Killer Instinct coming to PC is awesome, especially if it can play with the Xbox One player base. Tacoma looks great, which we knew already. They had the first gameplay of Deus Ex, which I’m super excited for.
Overall it was easily one of the more boring shows at E3 this year. It was too long and they need better guests. Not only that, I really hope it changes hands. A gaming website should not be the one marketing games. It just rubs me the wrong way and nothing will change that except PC Gamer no longer being involved.
I realize that the PC doesn’t have any kind of “head company” and that’s fine. Let a video card manufacturer hold the conference. And worst case scenario, don’t have one at all. I’m pretty sure the PC doesn’t need any help selling its games. Steam more or less does all the work for it, which is great.
I love the PC. I have thousands of hours logged in games like Dota 2, TF2, Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2, and so on. I play on my PC all the time, so I don’t want this to sound like a console fan whose mad for no reason. It has nothing to do with the PC itself. It simply has to do with the fact that PC Gamer shouldn’t be involved. And despite that, the show itself was a drab, boring mess. The PC and the developers who make games for it deserve better.