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E3 2009 What I Liked

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Firstly it’s the motion stuff that got my panties in a wad.

I’m most interested in Microsoft’s Project Natal for XBox. However, I’ll be really excited when we can see how close it gets to the well edited and created trailer. Even so, it’s one step closer to the holodeck! Microsoft isn’t telling anyone a release date though.

Secondly I liked Sony’s answer to motion control, particularly because of its precision controls, and since this is an actual demo I was quite excited to see the sword play. One step closer to a real virtual fencing game! OK I may not be in the majority for that wish but hey, I’m allowed to wish! Looks like Sony’s aiming for a launch in Spring 2010.

After the battle of the motion controllers, “The Beatles: Rock Band” got me so excited that I pre-ordered the game. I’m a Rockband fan more than a Beatles fan but I just love the idea of being able to play Beatles songs and I’m even looking forward to going through their career as a band.

For other goodies, I’m sort of interested in “Assassin’s Creed 2″ but after getting excited about the first one at E3s in the past & then seeing how it went from there, I feel a little burned by that title. We’ll see. Mario? I’ll wait on those. As far as the other titles, well I’d like to get a PS3 and an XBox but I don’t have them yet so I’ll have to wait to play friend’s games :P

E for All – Nearly Live Audio, Pictures & Text

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Below you should see an “Utterz” widget. I’ll be sending nearly live (5 minute delay) audio notes and pictures from the Los Angeles Convention center tomorrow. The kind folks at Utterz tried to get their autoblogging working for me but we ran out of time. The widget’s pretty cool though.

Information will play in the order of Newest to Oldest without pause so don’t get confused if you hit the one about the Stephen Hawking voice reading my text only post about Dreamhost (or Stephanie Hawking reading it in my case).

E3 2007 Snippits So Far

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Sony
PSP gets slim. New finishes for the PSP

Nintendo
WiiFit title is coming. Gamers want to get slim. MarioKart game for the Wii will come with a steering wheel.

Microsoft
Halo look box. No price drop. Extended warranty on Xbox.

Assassin’s Creed
Looking good. Living up to hype (so far) of last year’s E3.

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E3 to be Downsized?

Monday, July 31st, 2006

From Ars Technica: E3 game trade show not cancelled, but will be downsized

Contrary to reports across the web, E3 has not been cancelled. Next-Gen had hoped that they would blow the lid off of a hot story by revealing that the show had been cancelled, but some quick fact checking shows that they are simply incorrect.

Sources close to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) tell Ars Technica that the show can and will go on, but that big changes are planned. The “Electronic Entertainment Expo” (hence E3) started in 1995 as a small but interesting annual convention for gaming, following roughly six months after the once-popular annual COMDEX computer trade-show in Las Vegas. The show has grown immensely in popularity, and that appears to be the problem.

The article goes on to talk of game companies trying to out do each other by putting on a better “dog and pony show” and not getting enough return. It also mentions floor folks not being able to speak freely and of “the show in a show” system where one needs to get an appointment to get the real scoop.

I went to E3 this year and to tell you the truth, it was less crowded than last year. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t crowded though, it was still a mass of industry geeks and there were still hour long lines for some things, like the Spore demo. I can also attest to the existence of the “show in a show” system. I had appointments with the folks I interviewed and they were held in areas not accessible to the floor public. However, it has been like that for a few years now and I don’t think the system will go away entirely. It just makes sense that the CEO of a company is not the one on the floor doing the demos for the week.

One thing they did this year was to have a Press only time slot, if the game companies want a chance to interact with the press more perhaps that time period could be extended. As far as the expense goes, maybe a cap of some sort might help. Of course that may fall prey to the old “only bring a $20 gift” syndrome and companies will still try to push it.

I don’t have the answer but I do know one thing. E3 has taken on a life of its own. It’s true that information is dispersed more quickly than ever, especially information geared towards a net savvy crowd like gamers, but E3 is still a trigger for the industry and the gaming public. There’s still nothing that can compare to it that will get us to sit up and take notice. A press release here and there is not the same as the convenience of being able to play and see the games all at once, even if it is in the cacophony that is E3.

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