E3: Day 1 thought bubbles

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was one of the few things I kept thinking about after the Sony pre-E3 press conference. Of course, it had sales figures, new hardware (the PSP Go) and some innovative stuff on their own (a wand-like super-controller that impeccably senses motion), but my attention was all on the games. With Microsoft whipping out Project Natal and Nintendo tossing out a vitality monitor, more Mario and a new Metroid, I wanted to see how Sony’s stuff was going to stack up.

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E3: Ubisoft press briefing decompression

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James Cameron and Pele showed up to this thing, which gives you an idea of the kind of mojo Ubisoft was rolling with on the eve of E3. I don’t have an exact time down, but this had to be the longest press conference of the day. The theme of their show was confluence, which in short, is attempting to merge the minds of Hollywood and gaming to create a universe of uber-creativity. We saw some of that, at least conceptually, with Peter Jackson’s King Kong, an original launch title for the 360 that was tied to the movie.

There was a lot of stuff to digest here, most of which dealt with the confluence thinking. I’ll spill my 2 cents about some of the other games. I’ve got my man-crush on Sam Fisher and Splinter Cell: Conviction (seen above) and Reggie will expound on his man-crush on James Cameron’s Avatar. Enjoy, post-jump.
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E3: Electronic Arts decompression

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The next press conference was EA’s at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles where we didn’t have to deal with waiting for our car as much as we did with the crazy line queue massing outside. And then there was the WW2 bunker in which we had to park our car.

So here I go with a brain dump of all of the things that EA had shown off for the crowd after the jump. I’ll be the one starting things off this time.
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E3: Xbox press briefing decompression


In case you haven’t seen Al’s previous posts, a few of us at Tech-Out are actually attending the sea of gaming madness called E3. Today was press-con day: Xbox, Electronic Arts (which I almost forgot I registered for), and Ubisoft. Instead of inundating you with reams of text about stuff you’ve probably already heard about (see links on the right side for actual news), me and Reggie will share our thoughts about some of the things that really clawed at our eyeballs and collective gaming psyches. No tears of joy were shed in the viewing of these conferences … except perhaps the from the Final Fantasy crowd. Oh yeah, and Steven Spielberg, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney showed up. That sets the tone for the discussion, which comes after the jump.

I start it off after the jump. And no, we haven’t forgotten the fact that Hideo Kojima was there.
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