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E3 2012 Quick Recap
06/06/2012 by
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It’s that time of year again.  I had the privilege of visiting E3 again for the 5th straight year in a row.  E3 the past few years has been targeting primarily the console gamers.  As I walk  around, all I notice are console games.  I’m a PC gamer, so my attention span for E3 has been fading.  I was casually strolling through and was able to cover both halls.  So here’s a quick recap of what I thought was of interest to myself and hopefully to you.

Gaming on tablets seems to be the popular thing to do now.  Companies are starting to divert their attention to using tablets such as the iPad to create a MMO type of game.  This here is a game similar to Diablo 3 dungeon crawling.  People have to use their fingers similar to a mouse in moving and attacking enemies.  What I don’t like about this is your hand gets in the way of the screen, and you can’t always see what’s going on.  I can see this being a “sitting on the couch” type of game but nothing more than that.

This here was somewhat interesting.  Turtle Beach is making new headsets similar to Steelseries and other gaming companies.  The headsets were mildly comfortable, and if I were still professional gaming, I might have contemplated on purchasing one.  I currently own the Steelseries Siberia v2, and it still is good.  I always am interested in what peripherals manufacturers are coming out with.  I also stopped by the Razer booth, and they had a ton of their mice and keyboards for demo and display.  I still prefer the Steelseries Sensei to all those though.

This is another company that was focusing on creating a mobile social gaming network via mobile phones and mobile tablets.  Graphics were fairly decent, but I’m not sure if this type of gaming will truly take off.

Nintendo this year is demoing the Nintendo Wii-U.  It’s an interesting product.  It supports high definition video (finally!), and it also has a new controller.  The controller itself looks like a small miniature tablet with Nintendo’s signature thumbstick, d-pad, and buttons to the side.  The tablet is used to enhance the gameplay, and sometimes it seems it can be the primary focus point of gameplay.  Strangely, the controller has to be attached to the unit in order to work.  I’ve been disappointed with Nintendo ever since the Wii came out, and I’m still disappointed.  I’m definitely not their target audience.  The games are relatively kiddy-like, and they are still bent on making me do physical work while playing a game!

There’s also a new music game coming out called BandFuse: Rock Legends.  You can plug in your guitar and play tablature style with the music.  It looked kind of cool, but I think I would more interested if a company can create a solid drumming experience as oppose to the guitar experience.

There’s another Dance Central game coming out for the Xbox 360.

This year there was a huge line for some demos including the new Metal Gear for PS3, Capcom’s Resident Evil 6, EA’s Assassin Creed 3 and new Medal of Honor, the new God of War, and Microsoft’s Halo 4.

I stopped by Sony Online Entertainment’s booth.  They had Planetside 2 for demo.  It looked similar to Planetside 1.  There was an Everquest 2 and Vanguard station, which both had people on them.  I thought it was amusing the Vanguard was picked up by SOE again when it used to consist of former SOE employees.  There were a few DC Universe Online stations opened, but that didn’t seem too interesting to me.

For swag, I passed by Bethseda’s booth, and they were passing out portable speakers to promote the new Elder Scrolls Online MMO.  You have to fold the cardboard around the speakers to make the units stand.  These would be excellent for those outdoor events where you don’t need amplification.  Thanks Bethseda!

I didn’t take any pictures of booth babes as you can find those on the interwebs pretty easily.  For the most part, I think my eyes were directed at their cleavage instead of their face.  That’s all I really have to say.

In conclusion, I was done with E3 2012 in about 2 hours or so.  Since I’m not a console gamer, there wasn’t really much of interest to me.  Nevertheless, it’s nice to just walk around and visually absorb all the lights and sounds from each booth.

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