I almost feel like I’m restating the article, but I feel that I need to point out how much I appreciated both the conference, and the article for capturing pretty much precisely how I felt.
Ubisoft didn’t try to sell me on a xtreme gaming BEAST that I will not be able to afford for the next 5-10 years. EA spun their wheels in place and quite honestly I don’t remember anything about that conference. There was a car? Science-Fiction. BioWare?
Bethesda started out well, but their overaching Bethesdaland thing felt gimmicky and weirdly put together. Not to mention the 54th, 55th and 58th edition of Skyrim.
Ubisoft actually showed the positive, human side of game development. People were enthusiastic, happy. They got emotional. Yves and Miyamoto radiated positivity. There was style, character and colour. It managed to make me briefly light up and feel good about games in a time where I’ve been feeling increasingly cynical about them (in our era of perpetual Milkshake Duck). And I’m not even a fan of Ubisoft nor Nintendo!