A week ago today was chaos for the gaming community. The previous night, minds were blown with the Bethesda press conference, and the following day was full of surprises and delight. The next day was more on the mellow side as Nintendo and Square Enix closed things out (press conference-wise).
I make no qualms about my writing intentions: I’d like to write professionally about games and the people who create them. I write about games and gaming (specifically) on my website every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and have been doing so since I created the site last August. I was fortunate enough to be approached to write for another website (8-Worlds News), so I write for them each Tuesday.
In short (too late!), I generally write five days a week now. I like this schedule, as I can only ever improve, and improving is of great import to me.
My goal had been to attend E3 in person this year, and when that couldn’t happen, I decided I would “cover” it for my own site in every way I could: I watched each press conference live, and subsequently posted the highlights immediately after the conclusion of each respective conference.
In three days, I wrote nine pieces, seven of those being about the press conferences.
It was a little hectic, and it gave me what I can only imagine was the barest hint of what it might be like for a “real” journalist tasked to cover the annual glory that is E3.
So for those three days (beginning with Bethesda’s press conference on Sunday), I felt like I was right there. I felt like I was involved (as much as I could be) with E3 2015. I was doubled-down on ways to watch the live streams (I had them queued up on my PS4, my iPad, and my computer) so I wouldn’t miss anything (and they still cut out once in a while), and I compiled highlights from each as the live streams were happening.
So when Tuesday rolled around, and I finished my highlights for the Square Enix press conference, I felt sort of…lonely, actually.
Tuesday was the onset of the actual press getting to test games out on the show floor and behind closed doors. That’s where the real action was. And I ached to be there, in the thick of it, trying out all those games to report back on.
My E3 2015 experience went from super high, to super low, in a very quick span of three days. It surprised me a little, honestly.
When I was trying to think of how I could handle it better, I realized that I just need to hunker down and get (more) serious about what I’m doing so that next year, I can actually be there, putting my hands on those games so I can write about them.
If only it were so easy.
My first complete year of writing diligently is rapidly approaching completion, and I vow to make the next even better. Thank you to each and every person who is not only reading this, but who has ever read anything I’ve written. We make the journey together.
To many more E3s!