I was at the Eurogamer Expo yesterday, and got to see and try the best the video game industry has to offer. Some conclusions:
1. This probably wouldn’t shock anyone, but the gaming industry has a ridiculous lack of variety. A vast majority of games use the same 3D first or third person controls, and a huge majority of games focus on the same concept – killing as many other beings as possible. The only big titles I can think of which don’t conform to that are almost exclusively current versions of 20-year-old titles, like Simcity, X-COM and FIFA.
2. Note that I said “almost” – the one redeeming factor for the proffesional industry in this expo was Rocksmith – one of the best games I ever got to play. I’ve wanted a game like that to exist for many years (probably since the first concept of Guitar Hero existed), and I always assumed it wasn’t populist enough to be developed by big companies, so I’ll have to do it myself some day. So good job, industry.
3. A group called SpecialEffect had a booth there – apparently they’re a charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities play video games. As if that’s not already good enough, that also provided me with my other (along with Rocksmith) awesome gaming experience – playing a racing simulator with only eye movements. It’s extremely fun and I wonder how complicated it is to make – it seems to be just a camera that looks at you eyes and analyzes their movements.
4. Not in the indie section but also not in the “serious” games area, two really nice games deserve a mention – Chompy Chomp Chomp and When Vikings Attack. I really hope they will have PC versions available.
5. Call to indie developers out there – if you have a bizzare, insane game and you put it on a computer in an expo – please make sure you put instructions near it. I still have no idea what I was doing in most of the games in the indie section there.
Anyway, much fun was had. Maybe for next year I’ll be there as a developer rather than a visitor.
 Although, Rocksmith does have a significant problem – it comes with 50 songs, and I know exactly one of them. It’s highly likely that other songs will be available as expensive DLC, and they probably won’t have what I like anyway. So maybe I’ll need to develop it myself after all, with the songs in a free format so everyone can create them.
 Which, amazingly enough, doesn’t appear to have it’s own website, or even a page in the developer’s website. I also didn’t notice any vikings, but maybe they’re only in the single player version.