E3: Mecca To The Nerds

Article By Adam. H

When I was asked to write as many short articles that I could, about whatever I want, for no money I was like:

“Sure TJ, that’s not exploiting my good nature at all.”

What I didn’t count on was how therapeutic writing 500 words would be. I mean, these articles aren’t going to win any awards, they are rifled off as one long stream of conscience, barely read through and edited, so you get window to who I am, mistakes an all.

To put your thoughts down on paper, to write down what you are thinking about is kinda peculiar to me, it’s like some sort of group therapy. With each article I write it’s like I am standing in front of a small group of people stating:

“Hello, my name is Adam… and I’m (supposed to be) an adult”

It makes me laugh, because it’s true, my name is Adam and I am suppose to be an adult, the hello bit was a lie. I am a 33 year old man who loves computer games, movies, comic books, science fiction and laughing about utter drivel with my friends, and like many others I wouldn’t change a thing.

Well, maybe one thing.

I was away for E3, so I wasn’t able to live stream all of the presentations, watch them live, or catch up with the game hype. If you’re not familiar with E3, it is the biggest gaming convention on the planet. Originally E3 was a way for the press to get across to the media what new projects and games they have coming out during the next financial year and beyond. Today E3 resembles what many would consider the gaming equivalent of a comic con, open to the public and social media influencers to attend press conferences and try out new games on the convention floor.

There were some shock announcements at this E3 this year. Nintendo unveiled a sequel to my all time favourite game, The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, which I am utterly hyped for. Keanu Reeves, the walking advertisement for anti ageing, stole the show with a cringe-less segment announcing that he will be starring in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077.

But, there were also disappointments.

It was revealed that Pokemon’s latest game Sword/Shield will not include the national dex. Which for all you none nerds means a player will not be able to access or transfer their Pokemon collection to this new game. That the game will only support the Pokemon that are catchable (is that a word?) in game. With there now being over 800 Pokemon and usually there are roughly between 150-200 catchable per game, that has left a lot of people upset that their favourites wont be included.

I get it, I really do. Personally I am looking at this news as it is what it is. I don’t have any feelings towards which Poke’s will be included and which ones will be left out. I played the Pokemon Blue in the 90’s and have always maintained that the original 151 Pokemon from that game were perfect, and my favourite.

Many gamers have gone on to complain on social media, targetting developers, Nintendo, Game Freak and anyone who doesn’t agree that this news is a travesty. There are mumblings of gamers boycotting the game in order to get there way.

Entitlement, it’s the one thing I would change (do you remember a few paragraphs ago? I know it was a long set up). Not one of us are entitled to have anything be exactly as we want it. Change can be a good thing. How would we ever move forward if no one is willing to give something new a try? And don’t get me wrong, I fall into the same trap over and over again. I too am an entitled nerd, I mean don’t get me started on how underwhelmed I am about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. But, I haven’t played it what do I know?

Nothing. I know nothing Jon Snow.

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