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I don’t know what the reason is, but the crowd is rowdy at E3 2019. Over the past few days, we’ve seen a handful of live press conferences from a number of companies, including Microsoft, Square Enix, Bethesda, and more. Since E3 2019 is open to the public, it’s safe to assume you’re going to get a few rowdy attendees in the bunch. However, I find it hard to believe that a standard E3 attendee could gain access to one of the various press conferences. Tickets to these events are often incredibly expensive or delivered to members of the press only, so finding your way into a seat at the Bethesda or Microsoft E3 2019 press conference isn’t an easy task. With that information in mind, I’m genuinely curious as to why people keep yelling at E3 2019.
Fans Can’t Contain Their Guttural Noises at E3 2019
You might think this article is a joke. It’s not. Here’s a joke; Ubisoft spent all afternoon announcing games based around shooting other people directly in the face, yet I can’t find a sufficient way to release my frustration.
Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate a well-timed quip or joke from an audience member. I don’t appreciate hearing the sounds of grown men and women erupting into sub-human booms of approval whenever possible. This was an issue that was super obvious during the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference, where one excited fan was screaming so often and so loudly that you would think he was being tortured by Todd Howard’s evil twin (that I’m pretty sure exists).
A Breathtakingly Bad Decision
I think the issue started at the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, when Keanu Reeves came out onstage as a part of the Cyberpunk 2077 release. I talked about it in my article covering the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, but only briefly. As Reeves tried to hype us up for Cyberpunk 2077, he described the feeling of exploring the game as “breathtaking”. One mouthy fan immediately blurted out “you’re breathtaking!” at Keanu, inciting loads of laughter from both the audience and Reeves himself. The irony was lost on the supposedly breathless heckler, who apparently had enough oxygen to open their mouth and interrupt the presentation.
I feel like I’m being a bit too hard on everyone here; E3 2019 is time for fun, excitement, and positivity. A simple heckle is just that; a simple heckle. Intent on riding out the free internet publicity that Keanu’s appearance resulted in, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red decided to award the heckler with a free copy of their new game. In one fell swoop, heckling was essentially encouraged. Is this why every E3 2019 press conference thereafter was full of screaming fans? Probably not. Did it help the problem? Definitely not.
I Scream, You Scream, Please Stop Screaming
I don’t think that excited and outspoken fans are an issue, at least not a big enough issue where it’ll become a serious problem in the future. Since the dawn of live entertainment and news, people have been piping up and interrupting. The hooting and hollering at Bethesda and Square Enix’s press conferences were either the result of late night drinking or painfully planted audience members. Ubisoft’s press conference was pretty void of incessant screaming, so that was an overall plus.
While this article is a quick jab at a topical issue, it’s also a friendly reminder; please don’t be obnoxious during a live event. Other people have paid money to attend, companies have spent a lot of money to put them on, and people generally don’t need to hear your super witty remark. Best case scenario, you’ll receive a free copy of one of the most anticipated video games of the year and come out clean. Worst case scenario, your voice will be remembered as “that guy who was way too excited about Bethesda’s streaming technology”.
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