About twelve hours ago, I sat in front of my computer ready and waiting for Microsoft’s E3 conference and the plethora of news that would follow. I knew that this year would be our hardest yet – Peter, Kris and Alex weren’t around to edit and keep everything in order since they’re at the show and both Microsoft and Sony were showing off their new systems: the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 respectively.
About twelve hours later and I’m sitting in front of my computer once again – it’s half past four in the morning. Night has been and gone; the sun is rising for a new day. The birds are tweeting and the internet is too, mostly about the insane Sony E3 conference that just went down.
And I should sleep, I really should. I’m tired beyond belief, although maybe not as much as those in LA. Instead, I’m sitting here writing more about game, falling asleep as I do so, making typos and misjudging coherency.
I won’t sleep right now though, I’m too excited to sleep. I’m sitting reflecting on the day, from Microsoft’s myriad game announcements, to EA’s Mirror’s Edge unveiling, to Ubisoft’s The Divide – was it the Divide? No, The Division – right up to Sony’s incredible PS4 showcase.
I’m smiling, thinking that in the end it was all worth it for moments like this. Not only for my own experience but to keep the readers happy and let Peter sleep safe knowing that while his site is maybe not in the best of hands, it’s certainly in the hands of people that will get the job done.
And, of course, I couldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for the ever faithful staff that joined me on this mission. Aran, Dan, Gareth, Greg, Jim, Josh, Tuffcub and Stefan all put in an extremely commendable effort, allowing me to focus on editing, videos and images and making sure everything was done right.
But this is just the start – there won’t be another day like this for a long time but there’s still a whole week of E3. We’ve got Nintendo at 3pm tomorrow – that’s less than eleven hours from now – and then the new consoles will be demoed and discussed all week by our men on the front line.
It’s insane, really, that we do this for video games but at the same time it’s absolutely fantastic. That we can share a passion and use letters and words to convey our feelings, making each other truly happy; that we can travel across the world to see these bits of entertainment in person; that we can stay up well beyond our bed time just to write a bit more.
We might pretend we do it for you, but we really do it for ourselves. We don’t do it for monetary gain, which makes TheSixthAxis quite unlike the other sites we’re often compared to. We might be a bit mad but that’s okay, it means you get to read stuff like this.