Previously On E3: What Happened (And Didn’t) At Last Year’s Show

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Previously On E3: What Happened (And Didn’t) At Last Year’s Show

Just like an episode of Game of Thrones, E3 is packed with drama. From shocking revelations to high-stakes blunders, the convention can make or break games, systems, and companies. What happened last year? Read on for a brief refresher.Sony
In case you forgot, Sony had a pretty good press conference last year. In fact, it was as dominant a performance as I’ve seen in my 15 years of attending E3. The reception of Sony’s press conference had as much to do with the bad feeling surrounding Microsoft at the time as it did with the substance of what Sony showed. Simply put, it saw a PR opportunity and capitalized on it. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Microsoft had painted itself in a corner by the confusion around whether or not the Xbox One would require an “always on” connection and restrict the sale of used games. Sony came out and, in plain language (and a little swagger on the part of now-exited SCEA CEO Jack Tretton) told the crowd what it wanted to hear: The PlayStation 4 would not require an Internet connection to function, and there would be no restrictions on selling or sharing used games. The thunderous applause and chants of “Sony! Sony!” that sprang up in the crowd were proof it was the right strategy.

Gaming Disguises That Shouldn’t Work But Did

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Gaming Disguises That Shouldn’t Work But Did

Getting around without your enemies recognizing you is a key component in many games. Often times, our heroes don a disguise in order to hide their identities and sneak around. In some cases, however, the disguises are so weird or outlandish that they just shouldn’t work. We take a look at a few of those cases here.

1. Aiden Pearce - Watch DogsImagine you’re walking down the street and you see a man in a trench coat, hat, and a mask covering his face as he hunches over and stares at his phone. You would be hard pressed to not assume this person was up to no good.

It’s easy to see what Ubisoft Montreal was going for; they wanted Aiden’s identity to be disguised. In that sense, they accomplished their goal. Sure his disguise prevents people from figuring out his identity, but there’s no doubt that he blatantly sticks out in a crowd of normal people. Chicago must not have a “See Something, Say Something” rule in place.

Gaming Disguises That Shouldn’t Work But Did

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Gaming Disguises That Shouldn’t Work But Did

Getting around without your enemies recognizing you is a key component in many games. Often times, our heroes don a disguise in order to hide their identities and sneak around. In some cases, however, the disguises are so weird or outlandish that they just shouldn’t work. We take a look at a few of those cases here.

1. Aiden Pearce - Watch DogsImagine you’re walking down the street and you see a man in a trench coat, hat, and a mask covering his face as he hunches over and stares at his phone. You would be hard pressed to not assume this person was up to no good.

It’s easy to see what Ubisoft Montreal was going for; they wanted Aiden’s identity to be disguised. In that sense, they accomplished their goal. Sure his disguise prevents people from figuring out his identity, but there’s no doubt that he blatantly sticks out in a crowd of normal people. Chicago must not have a “See Something, Say Something” rule in place.

Our Favorite E3 Moments

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For almost two decades, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has been a highlight for gamers to see what companies have in store. The show is full of press conferences, game announcements, and demos – some for the better, others for the worse.  Either way, E3 provides more than its share of memorable moments. We thought it would be fun to share our personal favorites. Expect hilarious press conferences, unexpected demos, and the adrenaline rush of covering the show to surface.

The Bizarre N-Gage Reveal 

Andy McNamara: My favorite moment in E3 history was the Nokia N-Gage announcement back in 2003. It was by far the worst press conference I ever had to sit through, but that doesn't mean I didn't have a great time. It was so bad it was comical. There was breakdancing, miscues, awkward fumbled segues; it had it all. And just when you thought it was over, one of the girl dancers ripped her shirt off, which I believed to be another unbelievable embarrassing mistake, but it was actually the price reveal for $299. But from where I sat and the position of her belly button, it looked like $2.99, which just made the whole surreal experience all the more memorable.

Our Favorite E3 Moments

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Our Favorite E3 Moments

For almost two decades, the Electronic Entertainment Expo has been a highlight for gamers to see what companies have in store. The show is full of press conferences, game announcements, and demos – some for the better, others for the worse.  Either way, E3 provides more than its share of memorable moments. We thought it would be fun to share our personal favorites. Expect hilarious press conferences, unexpected demos, and the adrenaline rush of covering the show to surface.

The Bizarre N-Gage Reveal 

Andy McNamara: My favorite moment in E3 history was the Nokia N-Gage announcement back in 2003. It was by far the worst press conference I ever had to sit through, but that doesn't mean I didn't have a great time. It was so bad it was comical. There was breakdancing, miscues, awkward fumbled segues; it had it all. And just when you thought it was over, one of the girl dancers ripped her shirt off, which I believed to be another unbelievable embarrassing mistake, but it was actually the price reveal for $299. But from where I sat and the position of her belly button, it looked like $2.99, which just made the whole surreal experience all the more memorable.

Replay – Manhunt

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Rockstar's Manhunt courted controversy with its ultraviolent content and snuff-film aesthetic. Now that some time has passed since its 2003 release, the question remains: Is it still fun, or just kind of gross? Reiner, Tim, Ben Hanson, and I are here to try and provide answers in the latest episode of Replay.

Tim hasn't played the game since its release, but he gets right back into the flow. Within minutes, he's hiding in shadows and shanking faces like a pro. It's a testament to his gaming prowess, and also perhaps an indicator of how his calm and pleasant exterior masks a gorehound superfreak. 

Be sure and stay around for the Roulette, too. Believe it or not, Reiner alludes to its potential Super Replay candidacy!

2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

EA Sports UFC - June 17EA’s first MMA title since acquiring the license from THQ in 2012 will be out soon. The publisher has announced that Bruce Lee will be included as a pre-order bonus.

2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

about X hours ago from
2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

EA Sports UFC - June 17EA’s first MMA title since acquiring the license from THQ in 2012 will be out soon. The publisher has announced that Bruce Lee will be included as a pre-order bonus.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

EA Sports UFC - June 17EA’s first MMA title since acquiring the license from THQ in 2012 will be out soon. The publisher has announced that Bruce Lee will be included as a pre-order bonus.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

about X hours ago from
2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

EA Sports UFC - June 17EA’s first MMA title since acquiring the license from THQ in 2012 will be out soon. The publisher has announced that Bruce Lee will be included as a pre-order bonus.