Ladies and gentlemen, it's that time of year again!
We have returned home from E3 and have seen this year's best of the
best. We have battled the crowds and tried our hands at some of the
newest MMOs out there. Many of these games are still in development
while others have already launched but continue to grow each year with
more content and expansions.
We tip our hat to the developers and studios who were able to attend E3
this year, and thank them for taking the time to see us. These events
are very forward-looking and keep us craving the next big thing.
There were several big things at E3 this year but we would be remiss if
we didn't take note of the changing landscape of the MMO industry. Of
all of the games we saw most of them were quite different from E3s
past. There were many more MMO shooters this year, for one. And many
studios are developing their games from the ground up as free-to-play.
We've always suspected the cash shop model would eventually overtake
the old subscription model and this year was the first time ever that
only one or two of the games we saw being developed were aiming for
anything but the item mall format.
In that vein, the developers we saw were well aware of the changing
climate of MMOs. Not only are many of these folks keeping up with a
changing revenue model but they're keeping up with growing demand from
a whole new generation of gamers. We saw casual-style and accessibility
as huge highlights this year and that trend continues to widen every
But MMOs aren't the only games worth mentioning. We saw some amazing
new concepts in the single player arena as well and knew these games
deserved a bit of a kudos too.
So join us today as we unveil la creme de la creme, and celebrate the
best the industry had to offer at this year's expo with the Ten Ton
Hammer Best of E3 2012 Awards.