Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth Time Around



E3 was here. E3 is gone. Almost.

It's already been two weeks since the opening of this edition and it's still giving me things to work on. Mostly about guys that I interviewed during the show, to be accurate. I guess that's the price to pay when you're a slow writer who saw too many games and people in two and a half day !

Big events like these aren't the best place to play games and have thoughtful discussions about them, even if you get to talk with really cool people. In 2012 and 2013, I had the chance to chat with Hideki Konno, one of the main creators of Mario Kart and Yoshi's Island. A few month later in Cologne, action and trolling expert Hideki Kamiya told me funny things about Satoru Iwata (#Bananas). Earlier this month, Tomonobu Itagaki came to Los Angeles with a few anecdotes about Devil's Third and his passion for single-board microcontrollers. These are definitely cool memories among a pile of others from the houses where we stayed with a band of crazy dudes. Nonetheless, I might skip covering E3, gamescom or Tokyo Game Show on the field again, not in a classic way at least, because I can't really keep up with the pace and have interesting things to say about short demos, even when they're playable ones.

I'm always amazed at the amount of good writing produced by some experienced writers during those jamborees, where my chameleon nature catches so many contradictory thoughts and numbers that I can hardly focus on my keyboard. Even after so many years of duty, they find new angles, polished formulas or insightful explanations about games that didn't seem very interesting in the first place. Voodoo power, for sure. Maybe one day, I'll see the matrix too. For now, I'll stick to news, reviews and some longer forms with a different style, while taking a day off each week to get back to my wannabe Construct game. If something playable comes out before the end of the year, that'll be great. But I think writing about games won't get easier until I can nail my own feelings and words about them.

Might as well try to find them in English !

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