A very common question throughout life is “What is your dream vacation?” Some people want to go on a cruise, and some want to explore Europe. Some people want to climb mountains, and others want to go to New York. I, however, have always wanted to go to E3. For as many years as I can remember, no week on the calendar gets me more excited than the second week in June. It’s a time where game developers from all over the world gather to pull back the curtain on their latest projects in the world of gaming. As a kid who always went to school with his DS in his pocket, that’s pretty cool.

E3 is a time of hope. Titles are revealed in grand fashion, and gamers rejoice when a game they have been wanting for years gets announced. For some, a game announcement is more thrilling than actually picking that game up on launch day. I remember running home from the bus and turning on the TV to watch Ubisoft’s press conference in 2012. My jaw hit the floor when I saw the trailer for Assassin’s Creed III, which was my most anticipated game at the time. The Revolutionary War had always intrigued me, so I couldn’t wait to dive into that adventure. Unfortunately, the game was quite disappointing, but that doesn’t matter. In June, reality is set aside for something much better: hope. The light, cheery summer months bring excitement, even though the dark, rainy fall months often bring disappointment. When we finally get a glimpse of a brand new adventure, nothing can compare to the sense of community and excitement that brings us all together, even if the final package isn’t all we hoped.

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I will not be attending E3 this year, but I know my time will come. I’m as excited as ever to check out all of the trailers, press conferences and gameplay videos, and I still pinch myself whenever I realize I get to cover E3 for the first time in my life. To me, E3 is Christmas in June, and I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store this year, regardless of how little Nintendo seems to be showing. Please, remember to enjoy E3. Even if that one game you’ve been waiting to hear about for years isn’t talked about, or if you find out your most anticipated title is episodic, enjoy it. It’s a special time of year that can’t be compared to anything else. It’s time for gamers to come together and celebrate their favorite past time. It’s time for developers to wow us with the next step in video games. It’s time for E3, so let the games begin.

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Written by Logan Plant

Logan loves voicing his opinions just as much as writing them. When he isn’t gaming or writing, Logan’s probably recording a podcast or chatting on the radio. Video game journalism is his passion, and he hopes to cover video games for years to come.

Logan Plant