E3 is a showcase of the most dedicated and creative video game developers and publishers. But there is so much more to experience at the show then just video games. Companies spend thousands of dollars on elaborate displays, one of a kind larger then life statues of charactors, incredibly detailed collectibles, one of a kind artwork, people dressed up as their favorite characters . . .
Bethesda has been in the game for over 2 decades, and still creates a buzz when releasing a new title. This year is no different, with 3 titles that were creating quite a stir around E3 this year: Rage, Prey 2, and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.
Sometimes games don't need to be full length titles with 20 hours of gameplay, full marketing campaigns, and national chain store launch. Sometimes simple, small, unique arcade style games can surprise you with their depth. With most regular games costing $50 or more, these games can provide hours of entertainment with most ranging from $5-$15.
Ask pretty much anyone with a heartbeat what Pong is, and you are all but guaranteed to get a correct answer. When you are the pioneer of not only consoles, but also some of the most internationally recognized titles in the world, it's a shame when you are left behind in the modern age. But Atari is making a return this year . . .
Sometimes new games fall victim to the same biased first impressions. Be it cover art, a particular companies style of gameplay, or simply word of mouth, I have been guilty of this myself. However, if you take the time to play the game, and put aside those preconceived notions, you find a gem.
Artists who work on video games have struggled to be recognized as true artists. Often times months and months of illustration and concept art goes into a game, and will never be seen by the public's eye. This year at E3, they showcased some of this art for the industry to see, in a special exhibit called Into the Pixel.
Nintendo has long been known as the casual gaming company. Even though they are the origin of the majority of the technology used in modern gaming, they have always lacked the audience of the core gaming community. With the news Nintendo announced at Monday's press conference, the Wii U, that is all about to change.
Sony started off their E3 press conference this year with a needed but a well-recieved apology to the gamers they have built their empire on. In my opinion this was a great way to clear the elephant in the room, and kick off a truly packed series of announcements including Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, NBA 2K12, and an array of titles and accesories for the gaming masses.
E3 2011 is upon us and kicked off with a BANG. Microsoft's press conference took my breath away, along with everyone else I think, with what they have promised from Kinect almost two years ago came true today. Check out all the coverage and sneak peek videos after the jump.