Jess Wellens Stage Fright
It’s not unusual for youtube personalities to be recruited for game press but normally they have something to do with games! While a lot of people were left scratching their heads over why Jess Wellens—a notorious prank youtuber—was in charge on introducing EA’s latest Need for Speed that was only the start of the confusion. Jess Wellens went on to fumble his lines, stutter, and generally struggle to overcome his stage fright. Thankfully he later had a good joke at his own expense on twitter and came off looking like a sincere guy who had a hard time handling his nerves, but the whole thing still remains forever immortalised for us to enjoy on youtube.
Men in Blazers Missing a High Five
Missing a high five in your own living room is pretty cringey. But on a stage in front of millions of viewers? Ouch. The Men in Blazers—TV personalities dedicated to bringing soccer to the United States—were recruited by EA (them again) to try and drum up anticipation over upcoming EA sports titles. Unfortunately, the only thing anyone will likely remember is this awkward moment below. It’s a far cry from the athletic image EA was probably hoping to conjure.
Sean Plott’s Grim Silence
Sean “Day9” Plot was another seasoned youtuber brought out for E3 2017 but unlike Jess Wellens, he avoided stagefright. Still didn’t mean that any of his jokes landed with the audience. Out of all the awkward silences from E3 this is our favourite because, for a moment, you can see a bit of Sean die inside as his joke falls flat.
Ubisoft’s Terrible Monitor
Companies normally rent stages at E3 so that their games—often being shown to the world for the very first time—can be presented with bombastic flair and cinematic tension. They want to drum up tension and Ubisoft’s reveal of the much anticipated Assassins Creed Origins was no different. It’s called the “beast” they’ve spent years making, and we#re told to get ready for a “taste of Egypt”. This makes the follow up transition pretty laughable when what we get is a barely visible monitor on a table being awkwardly played by three people on a sofa. It’s hard to appreciate the beautiful graphics and awe-inspiring gameplay when it looks like you’re viewing it through a screen-door.
Sony’s Technical Problems
Is there anything worse than when something just goes wrong at a technical level? This clip shows a trailer failing to play when it clearly should be—a common enough occurrence for a live show—but the situation dives into deep-cringe territory when we’re left with four presenters coming to terms with still being on live camera! Ouch…