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e3 2009

Hey E3…Show Me Some Skins!

Hi boys and girls, got your attention? Alright, lately have you been thinking to yourself, “Hmm…my precious electronic game system/digital device needs a change of style.” Well if it’s some cool graphic artistic change you are longing for then worry no more. I took it upon myself this E3 to walk the many miles, battle the crowds, all in search of some of the coolest kick ass items out there to give our beloved electronics that awesome artistic feel without having to break out the magic markers.

Check out Gametech’s Wasabi at http://www.my-wasabi.com/ these guys carry some of the coolest Japanesque style. They have taken some of the most beautiful Japanese art designs and produced useful products, some of the best and most colorful I have ever laid eyes on. They have taken beautiful prints and applied them for use on important items, such as the Xbox 360, IPod nano 4G, PSP, PS2 & 3 and the Wii. Thanks to Wasabi we can have beautiful prints on more items then just a poster on the wall.

Not only are their styles beautiful their prices are affordable and you get great style.Β  Wasabi’s prices are more affordable than the skins and cases I have seen at the mall. I can afford to purchase more great looking skins and cases with Wasabi compared to what is offered in stores. If the people back at Wasabi are as polite and easy to talk to as the guys working the E3 booth, I know this is one company I definitely want to deal with.

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1st E3 Down!

Well, my first E3 has drawn to a close, and I’d like to talk about a few thing I enjoyed and some I didn’t. As most of you know, E3 is an event that showcases new and upcoming games (entertainment/interactive media) to media outlets.

I’d like to first state that because I’m a guy, the amazingly large number of attractive women-and not just booth babes-at this type of event would naturally be at the top of my favorites list. Getting the chance to play new games and see exclusive demos such as Bioware’s upcoming masterpiece “Mass Effect 2” and Ubisoft’s “Splinter Cell: Conviction” would come in a close 2nd. I was also happy to see that some Independent games were available for play and demonstration.

Some stuff just bugged the shit out of me though. Bethesda, tell me how it makes sense to set up at E3 and then tell people they can’t come in…Β  smart move.. . Some of the wait times were bad, I’d have played the God of War 3 demo at Sony’s booth if the wait wasn’t an hour or more. I did, however, spare the hour wait for Halo3 ODST; if nothing else it was a well deserved break from another of my dislikes…walking! Yes, walking for nearly 6 straight hours with little in the way of a break sucks…bad. The price of food is kinda ridiculous as well: $9.50 for a Cheeseburger and fries…does it come with a gold napkin?!?!

All in all, my first E3 was fun, I enjoyed the hell out of it and i look forward to more.

E3 2009: Rise of the Mo-Cons

I’ll be updating the site with impressions of what I’ve seen today, but one thing is crystal clear: motion controls are in: WAY in. Both Microsoft and Sony showed off new motion controllers, with MS by far taking the lead in a “next gen” motion control system. Sony’s by comparison is more of a “wiimote evolved” scenario, which is all well and good. I’m a fan of the wiimote, after all, so Sony’s approach feels like a natural extension of that, at least from what we’ve seen.

Beyond that, we also have the new Tony Hawk skateboard controller, which from what I saw is very impressive. Not to be forgotten, of course, is Nintendo’s own Wii motion plus, which finally brings true 1:1 control to that platform.

For me, this sudden flood of motion controllers is in many ways Nintendo’s vindication; yes, they shipped a system with less horsepower than Sony or MS, but they took a gamble with motion control that paid off so well that they have now redirected the efforts of Microsoft, Sony and the entire games industry. Love or hate the Wii, there’s no longer any way to deny it: Nintendo was right.

E3 2009: we’re here!

So we got here and got checked in, but what have we learned? That the press room is hotter than hell (games journalists don’t need air conditioning!), the show floor is eerily closed until noon and the wifi sucks so bad that I’m actually better off posting from my iPhone.