Hot off the heels of (and standing in line for hours) Comic-Con, I always find it amusing to check eBay and see what exclusive items are bringing in the most money, as well as what gets uploaded to YouTube immediately after the show.
Last year when I braved E3, I told myself that the event as a whole had changed and it was going to be a press circus before I walked in the door, what I didn’t realize was the amount of streamed content available for the public that major companies had up and running. Nintendo was clocking around 200,000 viewers at one point with theirs.
So this year when it came time for E3, I just watched the streams. Not only did it save time and money, but aside from being in the same room as gaming legends it was the same experience. Watch videos of new stuff, see people’s reactions to said stuff, and then move to another booth. The only thing you miss out on is playing early stages of the games themselves, which when you spend ages in line waiting to play–it’s really not worth the outcome.
What I’m starting to think about is how technology and convenience are truly watering down what “exclusivity” looks like. Comic-Con is an amazing thing to experience in person, don’t get me wrong; but at the same time with everything being uploaded and available for purchase on eBay doesn’t the exclusivity get watered down a bit?
But this isn’t only for monumental events, Blizzard Entertainment has a deal with DirecTV that you can Pay-per-view their entire convention. Not only that, but you get the in game exclusives that you would if you had attended in person. Are we going to hit a point where major events are simply celebrities Skyped in from their living rooms while we watch online? It would be pretty easy to throw in an online shop as well.
As society pushes onward in an all-access world are we starting to lose that sensational feeling of being a part of something exclusive? Perhaps we’re looking at things from the perspective that everyone should be an insider now, and that going through the loopholes and fighting the crowd is just plain outdated.
That being said, there are still three words that the internet can never replace, and those are “I was there.”