E3 is back, girl. Instead of an on-site show, this year’s convention is held entirely online. But while it's easy to replace a flashy stage show with a live broadcast, ESA also wants to replicate the face-to-face experience with an online portal, which seeks to recreate the experience of visiting a booth. , drop a business card and talk about new games.
Prior to a public opening this weekend, the media has been granted early access to the site. All in all, it’s a shitty show.
You may have heard that this year's E3 portal has been heavily gamified. There are avatars (created with a deeply disappointing system Picrew knock-off), hits, even daily leaderboards to be the best online. In concept, it’s extremely ridiculous. In practice, it's just over.
Waypoint's Austin Walker listed some of the weirdest things in a Twitter feed earlier today. It seems that publishers have been made to guess the context in which their successes will be shown, which leads to some very vague (and various) challenges.
New big problem with the E3 portal: can you tell me for sure which of these two accounts I'm already following? (Don't worry, I'm following them both now.) Pic.twitter.com/fgJ1IQoVX3June 7, 2021
It's a deeply confusing way to express a system that doesn't justify its existence to begin with. Walker follows this with a punctuation on some totally baffling UI sensitivities, a trend that is transmitted all over the place. At best, the E3 portal might be a useful list of publisher sites and feeds, but you'll never find them under this whole joke.
But while some of these hasty decisions are confusing at best, others are absolutely hostile. Gamer’s Jade King discovered that the portal doesn’t even have the lowest gender options, as all portal users have been declared male by default.
It seems that the E3 portal only has "he / she" pronouns in the notification system and there is nothing for the user to change; so it’s fun to be misinterpreted with my new ads.June 8, 2021
This is a shocking and unknown website for what is supposed to be the biggest program on the calendar. It is even more disconcerting considering that ESA leaked the personal data of more than 2,000 journalists and content creators just two years ago.
"What's most worrying is that ESA, despite mistreating the data in 2019, has hired a seemingly unqualified team to gather anything * that resembles a passable online experience," Matt said. Brown from Windows Central he tweeted. "If that's what's on the surface, what happens behind the scenes?"
As a member of the gaming press, it is already difficult to justify the use of this site. There are so many ways to reach contacts outside of this hub and we'll see the broadcasts along with the rest of you on Twitch and YouTube.
What’s wilder for me is that ESA expects fans to hurry to try this place when the doors open to the public on June 12th. If there is little to offer to click here, I can assure you that you will not miss anything by missing out on this site.
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