Welcome to This Week @ Shack, our regular roundup of news, commentary, video, and guides.
We have officially crossed over into June, which means E3 is alarmingly close. We have some big plans in store that I'll share next week, but in many ways it feels as if the event has already started. Like Christmas, E3 is slowly taking more and more of the calendar. The event itself is stretching to the prior weekend thanks to more publishers holding their own events and the addition of Bethesda to the regular line-up necessitating some reshuffling.
Not only that, but publishers are teasing their announcements already. All that means that effectively, E3 the three-day media event has turned into a full month of media seeding followed by a week or so of furious activity. Press conferences, fan events, and then finally, the open convention days. Those three days, which used to be the whole event, are taking more of a diminished role as publishers hock their wares to the live audience at home.
That may be changing this year, with the addition of public attendees. The press has already groused about this enough, so I won't, but I am very curious to see the response from all sides. Do the fans find the value worth their dollar? Are publishers well-equipped to handle another type of attendee? This feels like a necessary step, but only the first one, and I bet that we'll see some large-scale changes next year based on how this experiment works.
However it happens, though, Shacknews is going to be broadcasting pretty much constantly throughout the show, so make sure to check in and get an up-close look at how everything is going down from our perspective inside our fortified E3 Shack shack.
News of the World:
- Square has been pretty quiet about Dragon Quest XI on Switch, apparently because of... naughtybits?
- I Am Setsuna had some flaws but I loved the idea enough to give this Lost Sphear thing a chance. Even despite its name.
- Sonic Mania is SPEEDING toward an August release! Get it? Do you get it? Because Sonic.
- Sony is letting you watch their press conference on the big screen again this year.
- Moar Switches!
- It isn't confirmed, but this rumored MvX Infinite roster looks pretty anemic.
- I am down for another Supergiant Games game, even if I don't entirely understand it yet.
- Pokemon has another mobile app incoming. And no wonder, given that their last one is still making huge swings in its profit statements.
- I'm going to be honest. I don't really know what fidget spinners are or why everyone seems to have an opinion on them. And at this point, I'm too afraid to ask. But this Mario animation is pretty cool.
- This Hori headset for Switch is branded for Splatoon 2, and appropriately has so many wires that it looks like a squid. (Not a kid.)
- You'll have to wait slightly longer to bash in some Orc skulls.
- More Nintendo tournaments at E3 this year, this time for Splatoon 2 and Arms.
- What kind of sick person does this.
- The Nintendo online service is shockingly cheap.
- A Supreme Court ruling this week on ink cartridges could actually have a ripple effect on game ownership.
- Want to help steer the investments for a high sum of money that does not belong to you? Sure you do.
- Tekken 7 headlines this week's new releases.
- Did you know Warframe is a comic book from Top Cow? Check out David's interview with writer Matt Hawkins.
- Ozzie gave us a peek at MotoGP 17 and MXGP3, which seem realistic to the point of absurd.
- The latest Standard rotation in Hearthstone has effectively killed Warlock. Ozzie examines why.
- I took a look at a lower-budget Arctis headset and found it was surprisingly comfortable and versatile for the price.
- David thumbs his nose at the outcry over Nintendo Switch's goofy voice integration. Thumbs it!
Guides to Life:
- How to Get Wonder Woman's Movie Costume in Injustice 2
- Arms Guides
Steve Watts posted a new article, This Week @ Shack: 'The Month of E3' Edition
I'm jazzed for E3. Can't wait to see the shacknews coverage.