E3 06: EA booth technically sound

Publisher's huge 360-degree display, booming sound system hype Spore, Battlefield 2142, Superman.

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LOS ANGELES--Publisher EA is well known at E3 for having one of the best positions in the Los Angeles Convention Center. EA is located in the South Hall, and attendees can't miss it--because it's right in front of them as they walk in through the main doors.

Visitors to EA's booth have always been treated to some impressive video screens, and in recent years, its center screen has been as impressive as many of the games and hardware on the floor. EA uses a gigantic circular theater where visitors stand in the center and watch a screen that wraps around the theater's entire circumference.

On the high-tech display, EA ran a reel of its E3 lineup, which included trailers for Battlefield 2142, Superman Returns: The Videogame, Spore, Need for Speed Carbon, and The Sims 2 Pets.

In a nearby closed theater, Will Wright fans lined up to see a trailer for Spore, the upcoming PC game that gives gamers the power of evolution. Several kiosks, fanned out on either side of the central circular screen, had playable versions of Battlefield 2142 and Crysis on the PC, as well as Madden NFL 07 on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Portables weren't ignored. Def Jam: Fight for NY: The Takeover, Superman Returns: The Videogame, and NCAA Football 07 were shown on the PlayStation Portable, and a section for several mobile games dialed in attendees.

Discussion

44 comments
fpizzolo
fpizzolo

When is the game being released? BF2142?

DrDomDom
DrDomDom

Spore should prove to be something rather unique, it sounds promising. Might need to beef up the PC though for it.

trokoko
trokoko

i have never seen more stupid game than this!

monkeymano
monkeymano

Spore is a genius Idea, by a genius himself! Can't wait for it!

DragonMaster90
DragonMaster90

Spore sounds very interesting and I would love to buy it. Spore would really be nice if it went for the Wii.

GamesAnytime
GamesAnytime

I think the Medal of Honor Airborn trailer was the best, too bad there was no demo

townsenda1
townsenda1

Good job EA. Keep those great games coming.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

good thing theyre not making any more ds games...........all their last ones were horribly bad....

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

yeah its just a let down not having a good enough computer to play spore.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

My PC sucks! :( Guess I must get a 360 :)

call1
call1

Definatly on the PS3 i hope

swedishc
swedishc

Hey SnowFarmer. Why don't you just get over your hate for EA and admit that they do make some really great games. If you don't buy Spore just because you hate EA, then you are an idiot.

SnowFarmer
SnowFarmer

I'm kind of pissed Spore is going to be put out by EA. The game looks really interesting, but then I have that whole "never going to give EA a singe cent deal" going on. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to miss out =(

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

how do they do that huge 360 circular screen? is it a bunch of projectors, and they just piece the videos together on computers?

s0l0123
s0l0123

Spore is going to be awesome, if only they could bring it to the Wii.

videogamr49
videogamr49

Man, Spore looks like an awesome game. I'm going to have to buy it when its released.

fouzanq
fouzanq

I am lost as to what the point of this NEWS article was?

Soviet330
Soviet330

Will Wright is fantastic! i can't believe he can actually simulate evolution. not on just one planet but a galaxy of fantasy.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

EA has an outstanding lineup of games. I think it's the best one at E3, hands down.

Berem
Berem

good thing my computer is l337

Chromeo_basic
Chromeo_basic

EA, if you're listening...FYI...LOTS (read: LOTS) of people will buy Spore if it is ported to the 360 or PS3. And you won't need to make "console" versions of it, like you did with the Sims. Just port the EXACT same game. I can guarantee you I will put down cold hard cash for this game on a console.

KorJax
KorJax

Spore wouldnt take a hugly awsome PC to run graphics wise (mabey alittel better if you want fancy stuff like HDR, but not that much better). You might need atleast a 1.5GHz or 2.0GHz processsor to run the complex animations, but other than that, just look at the Sims 2 requirements, but add a little more RAM in that thats probibly what spore will be. Its not exactly a super game with the best visual bells and whistles because it doesnt need them to be a great game.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Spore is the only game there I really care about (Crysis looked nice too) in EA booth... Just so not interested in most EA stuff.

Darkstrauss
Darkstrauss

hey UMCP, I've seen you blasting nintendo and microsoft in the past few days, and going by your forum logo, I suppose you'll be doing the same to sony and pc gaming soon enough..... Mac users have bootcamp now little grasshoppah, so they can finally play windows, and thus games. Be happy my fellow friend, not angry with the fanboys.... btw, IS there even a mac stand at E3? awwwww too bad mate.

ewjim
ewjim

Is there was something new?

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Does anyone here think that all 3 of those game WON'T be released on at least the 360? I mean they are EA games so I wouldn't be to worried about it EA will push em out for every system they can.

rta
rta

Spore is looking so good. I can't imagine what it's going to be like!

sublime6268
sublime6268

Any info on NHL 07 ANYWHERE? JEEZE! I really want to see the NHL franchise on the next gen, im DYING!

serrrich
serrrich

Attended this year.. One thing the article forgot to mention-- the floor had sub-woofers beneath it. As the demos were player- feel the floor rumble along with it.

diabolicscheme
diabolicscheme

Spore sounds like such an amazing game, but my computer will never be able to run it =( EA has been fumbling alittle (no pun intended =P) lately, so hopefully they'll be able to pump out some good titles for next gen.

Val-x
Val-x

I really hate pumping my PC so Spore on PS3 or X360 would be really really nice.

erikers
erikers

Gee funny how medal of honor isn't there. Especially after it was delayed

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I so hope some day we can see Spore on the 360 or the PS3. Battlefield 2142 looks awesome I saw it on IGN and have to pick this game up. But I have heard a rumor that it will come out on the 360 and if it does want it more on that.

UMCP
UMCP

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yallknowdatg
yallknowdatg

Can anyone compare Madden on 360 and PS3? Shesh!

hiho24
hiho24

Will Wright ownz. 8) Spore, BF2142, and Madden 07 for the wii = must buys!