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E3 – Phew!

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Phew, finally back from LA after a long day of travelling and walking around gawking at stuff. I can see now why people say it needs more than one day. First day should be looking around, taking pictures, picking up free crap. Second day you go back and make direct hits on the things that interest you. For those of you eager to see the pictures, take a look at my flickr photo set. In the unlikely event you want to read about my day, I’ll see you after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 10th, 2006 at 8:58 pm

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E3 Minus One

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At the risk of offending my Sony-overlords, I have to say that today’s unveiling of Nintendo’s Wii was pretty impressive. The motion sensing controller is so innovative I really enjoyed the demonstrations they presented. I can’t afford one game system let alone two so no need to fear that I won’t be getting a PS3 when I can, but dang, that was cool!

If you want to see for yourself, see the earlier posts for links to E3 show news. Tomorrow I shall see if the hype feels as good when held in the hand.

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May 9th, 2006 at 4:22 pm

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Playstation3 News

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E3 is here and today was the much anticipated Sony press conference and, the long awaited PS3 pricing details. So now we know that the PS3 will be availble in the US on November 17th and will come in $499 and $599 flavours (20Gb vs 60Gb disk).

I watched the event live on gamespot.com, kudos to them for broadcasting it. It was strangely un-exciting, nothing much seemed to get the audience fired up. Highlight for me was the Grand Canyon track from Gran Turismo 4 in true HDTV. The new controller was a big deal, hard to see on the small internet broadcast, bluetooth, wireless, the demonstrated moved it in space and it moved on the PS3 display. Sweet.

You can get your E3 news fix, including pictures of the PS3, the controller, and various screenshots:

I’ll be there Wednesday to give you the hot poop on everything going on. That is, if I can get anywhere near the damn exhibits.

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May 8th, 2006 at 7:28 pm

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E3 Almost Here

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[Update:] I have my floor pass… and just read this description of the show which makes it sound like sooooooo much fun!

Where the Japanese [games expo attendees] neatly lined up to collect t-shirt bundles dispensed by girls dressed up in Dead or Alive bikinis, E3 is populated by people who will actually punch you in the head for walking across their camera shot when you’re in a hurry. They get very indignant, because they are trying to find non-existent open space in a hall of 50,000 people, most of whom haven’t heard of deodorant and even more of whom are dehydrated enough not to care that much about whether their huge bag of useless pamphlets is smacking you in the crotch.

Its only a few days now until E3 2006 in Los Angeles. As of current writing, looks like guapacha.com will be there for the first day of the expo on Weds. We hope to play lots of games and take lots of pictures of the melee. According to many sources, the booth babes will be much more covered up this year but your roving reporter will hope to pick up a few scoops, er, so to speak. For all the pre-show hype, check out the E3 Essentials Round-Up at Next Generation.

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May 4th, 2006 at 12:36 pm

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The PlayStation Network Platform

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The Game Developer Conference in San Jose this week saw an important keynote speech from Sony Coumpter Entertainment President Phil Harrison unveiling more of the forthcoming PlayStation 3. You can read a good summary of it at Gamespot.

The real big news was the announcement of the PlayStation Network Platform A rival to XBox Live, this service will allow users to download games, content, extras directly to their harddrive. It will also allow VoIP for free as well as, of course, multi-player online gaming.

You might be asking why I care. Well, it seems to me that this must be the project that I am going to work on at Sony, that no one was allowed to tell me about until it was announced. Sounds very cool to me.

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March 25th, 2006 at 9:32 am

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