Are there too many gaming showcases?


Many years ago, online gaming showcases weren’t really a thing. E3, which is now dead, was typically where you’d hear about the latest games from Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox plus others like Ubisoft, EA, Konami, and more. Gamescom and the Tokyo Game Show would bring us updates as well.

Nintendo upended the tea table by abandoning E3 press conferences and introducing the Direct format about a decade ago. Now others have really followed in their footsteps. Aside from the fact that Nintendo Directs were extremely popular, the pandemic seemed to push things further. More and more online showcases have continued to spring up over the past few years. E3 is gone and in-person showcases are more of a rarity, and meanwhile, live streams are an overabundance.

Online showcases don’t happen every day, but they do happen with high frequency with no signs of slowing down. Just off the top of my head, this is a list of the events I managed to come up with – and it’s far from everything (especially if you consider one-off streams that are typically dedicated to a single game):

  • Nintendo Direct
  • Pokemon Presents
  • Indie World
  • PlayStation Showcase
  • State of Play
  • Xbox Partner Preview
  • Xbox Games Showcase
  • Xbox Developer Direct
  • ID@Xbox
  • Future Games Show
  • Wholesome Games Showcase
  • Summer Game Fest
  • PC Gaming Show
  • Devolver Direct
  • Ubisoft Forward/Live
  • Level-5 Vision
  • Marvelous Games Showcase
  • Triple-I Initiative
  • Wired Direct
  • Capcom Showcase/Highlights
  • Nacon Connect
  • All Aksys
  • Day of the Devs
  • Indie Live
  • QUByte Connect
  • Flyhigh Express
  • THQ Nordic Showcase
  • Playism Game Show
  • Sonic Central
  • Annapurna Interactive Showcase
  • LRG3
  • tinyBuild Connect
  • Guerilla Collective
  • Best Indie Games Showcase
  • AG French Direct
  • Gamescom: Opening Night Live
  • The Game Awards

On one hand, gaming showcases are great in the sense that it can let more and more games get the spotlight. On the other hand, it can be tough to watch – let alone keep up with – all of these events. Could games end up being overshadowed since there are simply too many? As just one example, the Best Indie Games Summer Showcase 2024 from this month highlighted over 180 games.

So what do you think? Are there too many gaming showcases, or does it simply not matter? Is this ultimately a silly thing to even think about? Let us know in the comments.

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The highlights for me were the Shadow sections in Sonic X Shadow Generations. I was also interested in the fighting game character reveals, but the actual contents thereof were a mixed bag. Bison coming back to Street Fighter 6 was a safe bet, but they really should have let him stay “dead” for a few more seasons. And the new guy in Fatal Fury looks unimpressive; he’s a derivative of an existing character (Grant) and his animations look unfinished.

Interested in seeing where the Palworld update takes the game as well.

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