E3 2012 and Kludging

I don’t know about you all, but I found this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) a tad underwhelming. It seemed like most of the Big 3 (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) were playing things fairly safe, sticking to established franchises or established developers. Granted, Nintendo was showing off the WiiU, but even that was an unrisky move for them considering that the console has been in the works for a while. There weren’t really the blockbuster announcements one would usually expect from a conference like this, but maybe I’m just getting jaded about the gaming industry. I’ve been playing video games for over 20 years now (that’s a weird fact to realize), and I suppose that I’ve lost some of my enthusiasm for the evolutionary improvements in gaming. But I will admit that watching coverage of the conference has given me some things to look forward to. Now, I just need to work on getting really excited about them. I can’t promise rabid fanboy levels of excitement–since I find the console wars too ridiculous to really worry about–but there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to in the year of gaming to come.