With this year's E3 fresh in our memories, thousands of journalists are heading back home from Los Angeles, having gotten their fill of hundreds of games. It's really something special, with the opportunity to rub elbows with developers, chat with fellow media folks and just plain have a good time. Or, in the case of some spoil sports, not.
To some people, E3 is more like a chore than a week of kick-ass fun. Of course, why these people end up with passes instead of giving them to more enthusiastic parties is beyond us, but they live to complain about the toils of the event, or how worn out they'll be afterwards, instead of, you know, enjoying it.
Below, we've listed the five common complaints that tie in with the event, along with counter-arguments that explain why these folks shouldn't be issuing them in the first place. Sure, E3 is a marathon of sorts. But it's well worth running with, and we've got your counterpoints, haters!
Some games take forever to get to play
The complaint: The most popular games at E3 aren't always accessible. Sure, some companies are smart and place several kiosks in their booth for people to try out, but, for some key titles, people may have to wait a few hours to get around to playing it or seeing it in a behind-closed-doors presentation. As a result, they feel they waste precious time that could've been spent elsewhere, and can't help but complain every minute that they're standing.
Why it's invalid: Two things. First of all, you don't have to stand in line for said title. Sure, the line for Sony's The Order: 1866 may be the hottest thing going, but Microsoft has dozens of other games worth checking out. We got into Forza Horizon 5 and Sunset Overdrive in a matter of minutes. MINUTES.
Secondly, you could be doing plenty of stuff while standing in line. Talking to folks about the game you're going to play. Looking around and getting pictures of what's happening. Trying to enjoy yourself. You don't have to wait, but if you prefer to, make the most of it. Standing around and complaining will only worsen the mood… and perhaps make you feel even more let down when you finally get to play whatever you were standing in line for. At the very least, you can StreetPass with your 3DS, right?
Not getting into the hottest parties
The complaint: Every year, dozens of companies hold events where people come to hang out with each other, indulge in free alcohol, and celebrate the pure manic joy of E3. However, on some occasions, people can get shut out, mainly because an event reaches capacity (these clubs can't hold as many people as the convention center, after all) or because they didn't reserve. As a result, they'll go complaining about how this company hates them, or how E3 is ruined because they couldn't go into the hottest place in town.
Why it's invalid: Number one, if you didn't make a reservation in a timely fashion, it's your own fault. What did you expect with these parties, no one to show up? Furthermore, the city of Los Angeles is a party in itself. For every exclusive shindig that's going on, you can stop into a bar and socialize with other folks, even if that means (gasp!) paying for drinks. There are plenty of spots to meet, socialize, and still have fun. If that one party isn't getting it done for you, there's plenty else going on. It is L.A., after all. At the very least, Angel Brewing and 82 Arcade are worth stopping by. Those were "hot spots" for me personally, and a great place to catch up with folks.
You get sick at conventions
The complaint: Every year, hundreds of people complain about events because they catch the "nerd flu," getting sick because they roamed into the wrong place or brushed closely with someone who was less than 100 percent. That's a risk that comes from a lot of events, but with E3, it seems more possible, mainly because of the bigger count of attendees.
Why it's invalid: This happens at nearly every convention anyway, so it helps to prepare for said event with sanitation, or some form of protection from germs. There's a reason developers have hand sanitizer dispensers around, or prefer fist bumps to coming in for a hug on certain occasions. You can probably pick up a compact bottle for a buck and be better off for it, rather than complaining about your forthcoming head cold. Soldier on. We did.
Your favorite game wasn't playable
The complaint: A lot of games were present and accounted for at E3, but several titles were demonstrations only. Last year's Super Smash Bros. comes to mind, for example. As a result, you feel that your show is ruined because "I want to play Mortal Kombat X NOWWWW" or something along those lines. Furthermore, there may be times that, again, you can't make an appointment to see that special game, and, as a result, you're left watching a video instead.
Why it's invalid: E3 doesn't revolve around one game, you know. In fact, there are hundreds. Thousands. So you can't play Smash Bros. So what? Go off and play some Forza Horizon 2 or something. You can walk up and play a variety of stuff at other booths and still enjoy yourself, or, hey, maybe even discover something that you weren't planning on seeing and come away with a new favorite. E3 is only ruined if you make yourself feel that it's ruined. Me? I always try to take the time to floor roam and see what good stuff I might've missed otherwise. And it always, always pays off. Period.
On top of that, sometimes videos are exclusive to the show, rather than making their way to the Internet. In that aspect, attendees should consider themselves lucky that they get to see anything compared to the hundreds of thousands of gamers who were all, "So, what was it like?"
You didn't get the swag you wanted
The complaint: Some folks live for an event like E3 because it allows them to get as much swag (or "stuff we all get") as they can fit into their bags. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, you name it, they go after it. Some people even go as far as selling it on eBay, especially if it's something like a collectible faceplate or something along those lines. But, on occasion, you'll see someone being upset because they missed out on that special Pokémon character, or didn't make it to a booth in time to enter a contest for some cool thing. "They never give you a chaaaaaance!" scream these poor folks, missing out on hot items like TItanfall burn cards and special Skylanders Life Traps (which, yes, are awesome).
Why it's invalid: If you're coming to E3 just to collect free stuff, reexamine your priorities. E3 is about the experience. The people you meet, the awesome games you get to see, the friends you'll make and the good times in general. If you get free stuff on top, consider that a bonus and not the prize of the show. Enjoy THAT, and not the special fake Harvest Moon jewelry you picked up.
Some people, like many of our readers, will never get a chance to attend E3. So, at the end of the day, if you've gotten to go at all, you should consider yourself very lucky.