Look, I know how you feel. E3 is almost here, and your favorite game companies are being extra secretive. Are they going to announce a sequel to your favorite long-lost game? What kind of new hardware will they come out with? You want answers, and you want them now. In this age of Internet spoilers, why shouldn't you find out early? Clearly someone had to have scanned a confidential document somewhere. Or maybe there's some rogue code on a website somewhere. The search can be exciting, and this close to E3, you can guarantee the hunt is on. But you shouldn't really listen to the rumor mill before E3, and here are five good reasons why.
5. There's Never a Consensus
Have you ever noticed that rumors always seem to circle around one broad point, but can't quite nail the details? Let's look at the target of this year's hot rumor: Nintendo's new console. Everyone knows that it will be unveiled at this year's press conference, and Shigeru Miyamoto just barely shopped short of confirming it back in May. However, if you want to glean what technical specifications this console will be packing, the rumor mill has got several answers for you: a 50 gig hard drive, touch screen controllers that measure more than six-inches across, Blu-ray capabilities, and a triple-core processor. Of course, if all of these specs are true, you're looking at hardware that would certainly cost more than a launch PlayStation 3. Then again, if you ask someone else, Nintendo's new console will have no hard drive, a single processor, its own proprietary media format, and just enough RAM to make it competitive with the Xbox 360. Clearly, no one has any idea what the console is going to be like, and guessing doesn't help anyone in the long run.
4. They See Me Trollin'
There's something about the anonymity of the internet that brings out the worst in people. And unfortunately, trolls thrive on getting the hopes up of those eager to lap up the rumor mill. Need evidence? Look no further than the perpetual rumor about Shenmue III. This vaporware has been rumored to be at every E3 for the past five years. Shenmue fans are a hardcore bunch, and any time word of a sequel gets out, their ears prick up automatically. But it is almost always a poor attempt to troll, and as E3s continue to truck on by with no Shenmue announcements, the cruel game played by internet trolls gets that much worse.
3. False Information Is the Most Popular
Anyone in the internet business knows that hits equal money. And while a perfect world would see people getting traffic from good, honest content, this just isn't so. People are always trying to think of ways to hoodwink people into clicking on a link, and have been known to do dishonest things to get those hits. Since there is such an air of excitement around E3, people get really wound up and are ready to believe almost anything. Crazy mergers, amazing hardware, and extremely unlikely sequels are all fuel for false rumors. Unfortunately, a lot of people fall for these rumors around E3 time.