E3: A Recap
E3 has once again left the City of Angels, leaving in it's wake a trail of litter advertising the newest, hottest games, tons of Starbucks cups, the swag no one wanted, and booth babes sporting a bit more money in their wallets. Everyone that exhibited during the week of videogames is still probably recuperating, we can only imagine. Best thing overheard at E3 this year? "Man, this is where nerdy girls get laid."
As predicted, Nintendo dominated with their new Wii console. The thing is simply amazing and revolutionary. We noticed that when everyone stepped up to hold the wand-like controller for the Tennis game, they automatically got down into a Tennis stance, bent knees, Andre Agassi-like focus, and Steffi Graf-like grunting. This system actually makes you get off the couch and have fun. It was hands-down the hit of the show, leaving everyone behind in their wake. They also had the "raviest" booth which was massive, and done up in a sort of dreamy zen-line white gauzy substance. They pumped songs like the Chemical Brothers "Galvanize", and every demo station was packed with folks. They had the longest line at E3, but they also had interactive plasma screen displays where you could speak with someone via a video camera and microphone.
Will Wright (father of Sim City, The Sims and more) showed off his new game, Spore, on Wednesday night at the Wired Magazine shindig, and it also stand poised to change the face of gaming. It allows you to build a species, see them evolve, develop technology, and eventually go off-world to spread across the universe. The online component runs seamlessly in the background, and you start encountering the creations of other people playing the game, resulting in endless combinations. Robin Williams got up to demo it, and showed how entertaining the game can be.