Every year, just before E3 starts, all of the big names in the industry spend an enormous amount of money preparing to show off the big titles they have been working on. These are often the real blockbusters, with expensive trailers that are sure to really get the hype machine rolling for the run up to a game’s release.This year was no different, with Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and many others putting their best foot forward. Each company had something to show off. By “something”, I mean shooters. At E3 2012 there was more camera time devoted to people with guns in their hands than anything else. As gamers, we’re certainly no stranger to the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, but this year’s E3 presentation was completely overrun with them (and, to some extent, their close cousin the third-person shooter). So, I ask you, who will save up from the shooters?Resident Evil 6, Lost Planet 3, Battlefield 3, Halo 4, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter we’re among the stars of the E3 press day. By the time the day was over, I realized that I was unable to tell most of these games apart without some key identifier, be it Master Chief’s HUD, or the mechs in Lost Planet 3, or even the zombies in Resident Evil 6. Every single one of these games have one terrifying thing in common: none of them are original ideas.These aren’t new games, these are just the next in the line of an existing game with existing gameplay. The only one that could be argued as being new is Halo 4, since it was re-built from the ground up by 343 Studios instead of Bungie. Far Cry 3 now offers a multiplayer component and an exciting new flamethrower instead of a slightly modified assault rifle, but basically these games are comfortable and filled with characters that we already know. No risks were taken, no new ground was broken. Run forward, shoot whatever moves, and try really hard not to get shot/eaten/bludgeoned.The last time this happened, when it felt like the world was being overrun by the FPS, we were saved by Cyan Studios. The Cyan team wanted to create a world filled with puzzles and stunningly beautiful scenery, offering the first-person experience without the need for a weapon. The Myst series was incredibly popular, and spawned almost a decade of games made to challenge the mind and provide an incredibly enticing story.Myst was unlike anything that was out at the time, and many people flocked to the game eagerly. 2012 and 2013 is clearly in need of a distraction from the hail of bullets and the desperate cling to familiar characters that truthfully ran out of interesting story more than a game ago. Game developers out there need to put something other than a gun in the hands of the next hero, and send him into the world to help us remember how to do something other than flex an itchy trigger finger.I find myself looking to the team at Double Fine Studios. In the past, games like Brutal Legend and Psychonauts have been incredibly fun to play. The games have felt original, and I found myself wanting to play them over and over again. Recently, Double Fine has completed a Kickstarter for the Double Fine Adventure. The Kickstarter earned over three million dollars for the project, even though they were originally asking for just $400,000.Double Fine isn’t alone, in the console space Nintendo was once again the least interested in piling shooters into their presentation. The Wii U really looks like it will challenge developers to make some really fun games that allow for a new layer of support gameplay.We’re not totally lost, but the volume of repeat shooters is getting ridiculous. Tim Schafer commented in his Kickstarter video that if he approached a publisher right now to make an adventure game, they would laugh him out of the office. And yet, he was able to raise $3.3m for one.There’s more than enough interest for a different kind of game out there, but it seems more and more like the publishers aren’t willing to take a risk. If the Wii U and Double Fine Adventure are both successful, next year’s E3 will show more publishers taking risks. If not, then we might as well hold on to our hats for the exciting release of Medal of Duty 2: Nazi Zombie Island.