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Leaner, Meaner E3 Almost Upon Us

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Thousands of video game addicts, cosplayers and booth babe fans shed tears last year when the Entertainment Software Association announced that it would be scaling back the size and focus of future E3 Expos. The game industry and fan bacchanalia had previously attracted a record attendance of over 60,000 visitors and 400 companies in 2006.

Instead of being held at LA's own Convention Center, the "more intimate" show will take place this year in a handful of hotels in Santa Monica from July 11-13. Besides for the usual exhibitors and company executives, the only individuals in attendance will be video game journalists (who are much happier with this engagement). The buzz has been good for this year's offerings so you can look forward to some more in-depth coverage on our part as well.

For those of you pining to get some quality hands-on time with the latest and greatest from game companies like Sony and Nintendo, however, never fear: a separate event sponsored by IDG World Expo, the Entertainment for All Expo, will be held for the public from October 18-21 at the Convention Center.

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Courtesy of Joystiq, we have the goods on a partial list of games that will be shown at the expo, including hot new releases by Microsoft, SEGA and Ubisoft, amongst others (for a more up-to-date list by platform, check out 1UP's ongoing coverage). Follow us after the jump for the detailed list.

Activision

* Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
* Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
* Guitar Hero III
* Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

Capcom

* Devil May Cry 4
* Rocketmen: Axis of Evil
* Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
* Talisman

Codemasters

* Cliver Barker's Jericho
* HEI$T
* Rise of the Argonauts
* Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

Eidos

* Age of Conan
* Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Electronic Arts

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* Army of Two
* Burnout Paradise
* FIFA 08
* Half-Life 2: The Orange Box
* Madden NFL 08
* Medal of Honor Airborne
* Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
* NASCAR 08
* Need For Speed: ProStreet
* Rock Band
* The Simpsons
* Skate
* Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Gamecock (as EIEIO)

* Dungeon Hero
* Hail to the Chimp
* Fury
* Insecticide
* Dementium
* Mushroom Men
* Unannounced title
* Unannounced title

Majesco

* Kengo: Legend of the 9

Microsoft

* Blue Dragon
* Halo 3
* Lost Odyssey
* Mass Effect
* Project Gotham Racing 4

Midway

* Blacksite
* John Woo's Stranglehold
* Unreal Tournament III

Namco Bandai

* Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

SEGA

* Condemned 2
* The Club
* Iron Man
* SEGA Rally
* Universe At War: Earth Assault

Sierra

* Crash of the Titans
* TimeShift
* Unannounced title

Take-Two

* BioShock
* NBA 2K8
* NHL 2K8
* Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution

THQ

* WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008
* Further titles to be confirmed.

Ubisoft

* Assassin's Creed
* Further titles to be confirmed.

Warner Bros. Interactive

* F.E.A.R. sequel

photo by wili_hybrid via flickr