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Arts and Entertainment

The E For All Halfway Point

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Sure, the inaugural E For All doesn't really hold a candle to the bloated spectacle of old E3, but then again, the new low-key Santa Monica-based E3 doesn't hold a candle to the old E3 either.

And sure the big guns (Sony, Microsoft and Capcom) didn't show up, the LA Convention Center's South Hall is only half full with exhibits, crowds have been disappointingly light and the power went out Friday night, ending the show 45 minutes early, but E for All is the only place where you can try out the new Metal Gear 4, jam away at Guitar Hero III and Rock Band, and see booth babes dressed up in obligatory Lara Croft outfits.

Members of the public can still show up today and Sunday and buy a one day or weekend pass. The show is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A weekend pass will cost you a cool $75, but if you bleed Mario...it's well worth the price of admission.