Oh, as for my E3 report, I'm getting to it, I promise. It's just been a rather manic few weeks. I was back in Nebraska for several days for my little brother's high school graduation. 11 years apart. Whee. Or should I say "Wii."
We lost several hours waiting in Nintendo's line, and it was fantastic. I could not stop raving about it. I spent significant time playing Super Mario Galaxy and after a little bit, I completely forgot I had the controller in my hand. It was enjoyable, intuitive and original. I'd forgotten how much I missed that in games.
Blew through the Sony booth fairly quickly. Tried Resistance. It was nice, but not $699 + $60 nice. Same can be said for Warhawk. Their new controller didn't feel all that impressive.
Watched the Supreme Commander trailer. Want this game now more than ever.
Took a brief pass at the World of Warcraft expansion. Draenai don't interest me all that much, sadly, but it does look pretty. May try to spend more time around there today.
Kentia Hall is, as it always is, the gaming ghetto, and nothing much is happening there.
Intend to go and spend more time near Midway today to get more of a look at Stranglehold. John Woo + Chow Yun-Fat + sequel to Hardboiled + "Tequila Time" = 3rd person shooter for me. Also, The Wheelman trailer didn't look half bad, and I still want Unreal Tournament 2k7.
Took a very quick pass at Squeenix. Intend to go back later and catch the full show, but not stellarly impressed. Oh well.
Saw Magic Online 3.0 and am enjoying what I've seen thusfar, but it sounds like the release has been pushed back a little. Better stable than rushed, in my opinion.
Still need to really see the Microsoft booth, but Shadowrun looked pretty from what I saw out of the corner of my eye. We'll see when I have more than 30 seconds to look.
Far too many World War II games for my liking, STILL. Seriously, at this point, I almost wish we'd let the Germans win so we could stop making games about it. Find a new thing to make games about, people. This isn't old, it's fully over-cooked.
Day One was kind of scattershot and sort of tiring, but that's the way these things work. I'll endevour to write more up today, but more than likely it'll be late tonight, early tomorrow.
So here's my thoughts thusfar on the press conferences...
Nintendo's system looks awesome and was full of surprises. It may be the first thing we go see today. We're planning on definitely getting some hands-on time today with it, but I think Nintendo's press conference was the big winner of the three.
Microsoft's press conference had several impressive things and I'm glad to hear GTA is simultaneous. That's a good thing.
Sony's press conference impressed me the least. $599? I mean, good god, I can't write what I said about that price tag here. When I heard about it, I said... well, I set an expectation about this system that it will not be able to meet. But we'll see. Maybe the games will be legendary.
Right now, though, I think Sony's digging a colossal hole for themselves to crawl out of, Microsoft's holding onto a good head start and Nintendo is coming from deep left field with a whole arsenal of awesome things...
This may be a good E3 after all....
I should really write more about the movie, but I just don't have the time. No time! No time!