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E3 - Game Over

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Spending the last three days at E3 has almost completely drained our will to live. All that time walking around at the LA Convention Center (and believe us, its a big place) has taken its toll. As we limp back to the welcoming embrace of the plush and eminiently comfortable LAist HQ, we are gathering our thoughts and checking our notes and putting together a hopefully interesting wrap-up of the sights, sounds and yes, even smells, of the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Ok, here goes.

The biggest news from E3 was, of course, the unveiling of next-generation consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Revolution were presented to the eager masses with great excitement and fanfare. Each console has improved graphics, wireless connectivity, backward compatibility and can be played online. In fact, the features of the three consoles seem, for the most part, nearly identical.

With all three consoles having identical or at least near-identical specs, the next year or so of console gaming excitement will probably become more about how each company is going to push its product than about the product itself. Not so much about technological innovation, although that does exist, as it will be about marketing hype. Man, will that be fun.

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As for the games, as it is in Hollywood, most of the new ones are sequels. Betting on what they hope is a sure thing, or at the very least, a well-known thing, most of the major and minor gaming companies will have at least one or more sequels to their popular titles coming out this year. So, rest assured that if you loved a game last year and it was even remotely popular, a sequel is probably on the way.