A few weeks ago I went to the rather new danish gaming convention, D3. With only 2 years of experience the convention is still very new, and since I had never visited a gaming convention, I remained very sceptical about visting it (mostly about certain personalities.. You know, the "still-living-in-mom's-basement). A friend of mine teased me with promises of fun, and I finally gave in.
Now, a few weeks later, I'm glad I did. It was a blast to try out various demos and watch various game developers and publishers talk about modern gaming industry. The convention was spread out into 4 areas: Demostands, EA, Wii, and lastly a huge scene for speeches, which subjects such as new danish developers, new danish online TV-station PixelTV, etc.
Of course there was various sub-areas, such as a store, and my favourite, a Guitar Hero 3 corner. At first look, the whole convention was confusing, simply because of it's sheer size. That's why I walked over to the before mentioned GH3 corner, simply because it was the only thing I could relate to, at the given time.
Struck with awe, I watched two dudes duking' it out in the game, both competing on expert with the song 'Through The Fire and Flames' by 'Dragonforce.' In case you have never heard the number, here's a video.
Notice how you have to play so fast, that your guitar sounds like its producing a stream of machine gun fire. 2 minutes of staring like a complete idiot, the incredible battle was over. Although certainly tempted, I decided not to have a go.
Instead I took a look at the EA area, which was simply dissapointing. Said shortly, it was a few 360 Xbox'es hooked up with some already- and dated releases. Call of Duty 3 seemed to be the main focus(they could have showcased Call of Duty 4, which was going to be released a week later) followed up by Portal and Fifa 08.
Not that exciting.
After having a few try's at a brutally challenging Portal levels, I headed over for a Rock Band stand.
Anyone curious(or rather, brave) enough could try Rock Band before it's release. It was set-up like a real scene, and the crowd was big. A few posers had a try at 'Welcome To The Jungle' by 'Guns'n'roses', and a complete humiliation later(mainly enforced by the poor vocalist) the crowd cheered at the players. I clapped too. They did something brave, and they had fun meanwhile.
They left stage, and the crowd quickly lost interrest as I.
Instead, a corner reserved by danish developers Zeitguys caught my attention. The funder is apparently one of the same guys that started IO Interactive. I have a special love for Hitman, and I must say I was a bit dissapointed at the game so far. It's controls are supposedly like Hitman, you control and watch your character from a 3rd perspective from the back. While it does work, perhabs it was time for the developers to try something new, since this game was specifically a shooter of sorts.
There was no trying the game, the only option of knowing the game better was looking at gameplay movie. Sadly, it looks very generic and slightly boring at this stage. Zeitguys promises that you will be able to change history in game, which I'm doubtful of.
The most surprising thing I encountered that day was MMORPG booths. Pengya online, Earthbound, and many other free MMORPGS advertised their games, which I found pretty funny for some reason.
This is rather short, but I can happily admit that I will visit this excellent convention next year.