I use Twitter, let me say that first. I was one of those reluctant users until I started seeing news break on the there and I realized that in addition to basically using a public IM service, I could actually use it as a great source for gaming/gadget/entertainment news. Between my Tweets of how I recently ate too much and was going to regret it, I could read news snippets released by journalists from 1up, Giant Bomb, Kombo, and other gaming outlets. It was great. But as E3 has neared, I’ve found that there’s a downside as well.
No, you won’t find spoilers in this post, but all over Twitter you will. With E3 rapidly approaching, employees of game development studios, sleuthy reporters, and PR folk are leaking info about what companies will be showing at the expo. These Tweets get picked up, turned into full-blown news stories, and they’re once again Tweeted about by the millions of Twitter followers. Basically if you follow anybody on Twitter, you’re bound to have any fun surprises ruined for you. It’s not the end of the world, but where’s the drama? When Nintendo rolled Zelda out as a last minute surprise with Shigeru Miyamoto coming on state with a sword and shield it was one of the silliest and awesome moments of any E3 show ever. Had that been spoiled for everybody a day or two prior, the crowd would have just shrugged and collectively said, “meh, knew it was coming.”
I guess you can choose to avoid Twitter in the days prior to any shows or press events, but if I do that, how will I know when @GarnettLee is taking time out of his crazy day to build himself a sandwich?