Coming to this a day late but I have been thinking extensively about why I was so uncomfortable through Sony’s conference and even eventually turned it off about 15 minutes before the end.
This E3, I happened to watch the Microsoft presser live with my mother, who for some reason wanted to watch it. Prob 'cause it was a rainy day. And like honest to god, we both enjoyed the hell out of MS. There were a lot of heavy shooty games, but they were well bracketed by a lot of non-heavy shooty games. I think having Ori very early was a great tone setter for the rest of the show, and I appreciated that.
With Sony, like… I appreciate the gay a lot. Hell yes, gimme the gay. But on two separate occasions I was hidning my face behind a pillow because jeeeeeesus fuck she really hacked that guy’s head off.
And that tone didn’t really change at all. The next game was grim and violent (albeit beautiful) and by the time the RE2 reveal happened with someone viscerally getting their throat ripped out, I literally felt bad for my family watching this. Like, there just wasn’t enough to step away from the violence, and that was really really rough to watch as someone who just wants something else from her games than really vividly depicted violence.
Like honestly, DS had the best trailer for me. I enjoyed the hell out of it. I love the scope and the intense loneliness of it. I know someone on the podcast, I think Patrick, was like “with Kojima you are waiting for the other shoe to drop” and I agree, but this is the guy who gave me Quiet but also gave me the Boss. He is the definition of Problematic Fave, in my opinion, and I am guardedly hyped about DS more and more as we get more info.
ALSO JUST FOR TINHAT FUN my theory for DS is that it’s a walking simulator. That the game early on gives Norman a gun and maybe even tutorializes how to use it, but the combat never manages to pop off, just more and more ramping tension, and then the game ends and whoop Kojima spent all that good good Sony cas$$$$h on a walking sim. That’s my theory, thanks for coming to my TED talk.