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  1. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Wind Waker Out in October

    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was previously announced as being remade for Wii U, but we barely got to see a taste of it. During today's first Nintendo Direct of E3, we were shown a great deal more. There was actual gameplay on display! Visuals have been tweaked slightly since we last saw the game and it appears even prettier now. The game is being updated with Miiverse connectivity because previously Wind Waker was able to utilize Game Boy Advance. Miiverse letters will arrive as letters in a bottle. As you might expect, the game is also updated to 1080p visuals and has been updated in a few more ways for modern players. We will see Wind Waker available on Wii U in October.
  2. The next Super Mario Brother has just been revealed as Super Mario 3D World on Nintendo's E3 Direct Feed, and this time it'll be a four player affair. Doing away with the somewhat lazy approach of having multiple toads as characters, this game will have Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach as playable characters. Featuring multiple new costumes for the characters and gameplay similar to the second Super Mario Brothers game on the SNES, this next iteration in the long running Mario series is due to release in December of this year.
  3. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: PlayStation 4 Priced at $400

    Many gamers were pleased by Sony's E3 showing. Not only did they showcase a great deal of highly anticipated games but they also showed an interest in indie titles. Finally, they showed how much they differ from the Xbox One. With a great conference, everyone was waiting to hear the price. The PS4 is coming at the cost of $400 in North America. Yep, that's a whole hundred bucks cheaper than the Xbox One. When is the system coming? You'll see the PS4 available in the 2013 holiday season.
  4. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Gaikai on PS3, PS4, and Vita

    Gaikai is a game streaming company which Sony bought up a while back. They didn't do this just to squander away money, though. Today they revealed a handful of information about what this means for Sony system owners. Gaikai is coming to PS3, Vita, and PS4 starting in PS4. It will allow gamers to get a wealth of PS3 game content through it. Yes, they did specify PS3 games for the moment although it's not beyond us to expect PS2 and PS classics as well.
  5. Supergiant Games may not be a name immediately familiar to you but their last game should ring some bells. They are the indie developer behind Bastion! Players who want more of their great style will be able to get it with the upcoming game Transistor. What were they doing at Sony's conference? Transistor's "console debut" will be on PS4 in 2014. Are you excited for Supergiant Games' upcoming title?
  6. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: PlayStation 4 Finally Shown

    It's been a long time coming, but Sony finally did it. Previously they only showcased a teaser trailer with a fuzzy black cube when trying to draw buzz about the upcoming PlayStation home system. Now, for E3, journalists and others are going to get their chance to see and play it. If you're not there you can still take a look at the device. It's black, very square, but also has some diagonal design going on. It's a bit hard to explain, but here is a picture of the console from a different angle to get an idea of what I'm describing: Do you like or dislike the design?
  7. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Ubisoft Showcases New Free to Play Title

    During today's Ubisoft E3 press conference they showecased a brand new title by the name of The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. This game is completely ditching the world of Xbox One and PS4 (at least so far) and is instead a PC title. As with many PC multiplayer games, it is a free to play title. Basically, your goal is laid out by the title. You want to get the most loot as possible, kill enemies, and hopefully escape death yourself. Unlike other titles, your means of killing are focused on creating deadly dungeons filled with traps. The beta is open for signups at the moment but you'll likely have to wait until the website stops being hammered by E3 clicks to check it out.
  8. Capybara games is best known for the indie game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery. Its launch in 2011 was met with a lot of attention and has become one of the more well known indie titles. Today they next game was showcased via the Xbox press conference. The new game is titled Below and has similar visual aesthetics as Superbrothers. It is coming exclusively to Xbox One as well. Hopefully we'll see more about Capybara Games' latest on the show floor.
  9. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Swery Bringing D4 to Xbox One

    Swery 65 was a pretty niche developer until Deadly Premonition hit it big. Well, big enough to become a game with quite the cult status. Although it was not the first game he ever crafted, it was the one which was a hit with Western players. Many have been clamoring for a Deadly Premonition sequel. Unfortunately, that was not announced, but we did get a teaser trailer for the game D4. Very little is known about it right now since we just have a teaser to go off of. Swery made the adorable tweet after the reveal of simply saying "D4 it's mine". We'll likely see a bit more of D4 on the show floor. The game is going to be an episodic exclusive on Xbox One.
  10. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Ryse: Son of Rome Coming to Xbox One

    Ryse is a game that you may have heard about sometime in the past. It seems that the name first came up years ago and had something to do with Kinect at latest reference. All the same, the game was left completely in the dark until today. Ryse: Son of Rome is now revealed as an Xbox One title and seems to focus on all the excitement and violence of being a Roman soldier. The third person action game certainly has nice graphics but does it offer compelling play? After the teaser trailer they showecased gameplay. Ryse appears to focus on both play as just one soldier as well as commanding the troops around you. As opposed to games such as God of War, it also looks to be taking a more "realistic" view of things. Well, as realistic as a game glorifying violence and incredible, unkillable main soldier are. Ryse: Son of Rome will be available on Xbox One on launch.
  11. Marcus Estrada

    E3 2013: Xbox Live Gold Tweaked

    Xbox Live Gold has existed on Microsoft platforms from the beginning. For a long time, people were willing to pay the price because that's where everyone was playing games. Of course, in order to play multiplayer online you require the Gold subscription. Now that PS Plus exists though, the two don't seem to offer the same amount for the price. Microsoft is attempting to address the incoming competition by tweaking Xbox Live Gold. Instead of simply offering what they have for the years, they are now adding in two free games per month. This seems like a way to try and combat PS Plus's Instant Game Collection. What two games will you get with the first month of new Xbox Live Gold? Assassin's Creed 2 and Halo 3. No, these aren't particularly "fresh" games but what can you do? Perhaps Microsoft will become more adventurous in the future.
  12. Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been in development limbo for a while. Although we saw a teaser trailer for the game a while back very little has ever been said since. Basically, we just know that the project hasn't been canceled. Maybe this will be the year Beyond Good & Evil makes its triumphant return via a Xbox One, PS4, or Wii U announcement. This is the latest speculation because Ubisoft's official Facebook page posted a photo with character Pey'j in reference to E3 recently. Previously, they posted a similar pre-E3 image featuring Altair. Ubisoft is certainly going to talk about the Assassin's Creed franchise considering their upcoming title Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. Do you think Beyond Good & Evil 2 will be unveiled as a 'next generation' game during E3?
  13. The next generation of console warfare is finally coming to a boil. We've seen the next Xbox, we can buy the Wii U right now and we've heard about the Playstation 4. Now wait a second... one of those things is not like the others. Of course we know the Playstation 4 is out there - we've seen some of its games and all that. We just haven't seen the console itself. Now why would this really matter? Its taken me a while to form this into words that make sense to more people than just myself, but I think I've finally figured it out. I know how to explain to people why it is so important to show the console itself during these big flashy events, and I think I've also figured out specifically why Sony didn't show theirs a few months back. Let's get to it, shall we? The Problem With Our Silly Brains Imagine this scenario in your head. You're driving your Jalopy down to the soda shop when you hear an announcement over the radio. The man behind the microphone delivers the startling news that a crazed murderer has escaped from prison and is in your general area. He then goes back to the normally broadcasted tunes of Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers. Do you know what the 1950's radio announcer did wrong in the above scenario? He didn't give you any details that would allow your mind to picture the imminent threat in your area. You have nothing to anchor the memory in your mind except for the fact that someone said something over the radio. Sure, at first the word 'MURDERER' would be drilled into your skull and you'll feel hyped up at the thoughts going through your head. Try to talk about a TV show you've never seen before and see how quickly you lose interest But as time passes, you lose the ability to have meaningful discussions about it. You know there is a murderer out there because you heard the announcement, but without any way of actually picturing what this person looks like you're left with a gap in your brain. You have no way to talk about the killer without knowing more details. Without the ability to visualize or even talk about it, you start to lose interest in it. This is kind of the same problem people are having with the Playstation 4. Sure you can imagine what it looks like. As many people have said, its going to be a black box. But at the same time you don't actually know if it'll be a black box or not. You have nothing to attach your memories of the event to and you can't describe what the console really is, so you start to lose your ability to discuss it. Sure we saw some amazing looking games like Infamous: Second Son and Killzone: Shadowfall, but your memories of those games don't remind you of the next Playstation. They remind you of the next Infamous. Of course the next Infamous will then remind you of the next Playstation, but that's where you hit the blank spot. No matter what you try to imagine, you're going to come up blank. The Silver Lining Of Lost Hype Now that a few months have passed without anyone being able to put a picture to the PS4, some people have lost their hype for the next generation console. It isn't a serious loss of hype, but the lack of information or pictures these last few months has caused people to forget the excitement they felt at the Playstation 4 announcement. This gives Sony the chance to rekindle their hype machine like some sort of marketing phoenix out of the ashes. Whatever it looks like, at least it isn't this And that's something they're going to need desperately now that Microsoft has entered the race to the next generation. While Sony has been biding it's time and waiting in the shadows with their system's design after their big reveal, Microsoft will have a direct sprint into E3 right after their announcement. While we have no way of knowing how Microsoft will follow up their announcement, it'll be interesting to see how the lead up to E3 will turn out now that Microsoft has shown it's hand. Sony, What Are You Doing? Sony recently released a teaser trailer on their official Youtube page showing off a Bigfoot quality picture of the Playstation 4. They attached some awe inspiring music and told you to get hyped because come E3, you're going to see the actual Playstation 4 design. While seeing the design is all fine and dandy, how many people are actually excited to see it? It is either a black box or a Sasquatch monster Nobody is going to drool over the console's matte finish or the ridges it may or may not have. We don't want to see the console so we can talk about how cool it looks. We need to see the console so we can put a face to the Playstation 4 name. Without being able to see the console we have nothing to attach our hype to and therefore nothing to hype up. Sony, nobody cares about the design! We just need the design so our brains don't feel so stupid when we try to picture your console. Luckily, we'll get that chance in a few days as we finally see the PS4 unveiled for the first time at Sony's pre-E3 press conference. As always, thank you for reading. And an apology ahead of time if it seemed like I was rambling because this is the closest my brain will get to putting my feelings into words about all this nonsense.
  14. Marcus Estrada

    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Trailer

    During today's Konami Pre-E3 press conference they showed a handful of things. By far the most notable was the reveal of Metal Gear Solid V's main voice actor as Kiefer Sutherland as opposed to David Hayter. That wasn't all they shared across a half hour show, though. Those who enjoyed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be happy to see a new trailer was released for the upcoming sequel. If you haven't played the original game then maybe look toward Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition which is coming out in August for PC. Either way, the new trailer focuses on cinematics and story to get the point across that this is an "epic" game. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will be out this Winter. http://youtu.be/M7Ujh-8iqiY
  15. Marcus Estrada

    Twitch.TV to Stream E3 Coverage

    With E3 coming up, all those who want to stay up on news are soon going to have to decide where they want to watch coverage. Stations like Spike TV air content, as do a great deal of websites. When it comes right down to it though, people are likely to choose the most organized provider and one that also doesn't have a wonky stream. A new option for watching E3 content has opened up this year via Twitch. They will be hosting continuous coverage of E3 from Tuesday to Thursday. It will all be done via the official Twitch stream page and keep the focus on games themselves rather than Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony press conferences (since those all happen before the convention begins anyway). The full list for their streaming schedule is available here but these are some of the highlighted games: Batman: Arkham Origins The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Destiny The Evil Within Rayman Legends Thief Watch Dogs The Wolf Among Us There are also a handful of games listed as "TBA" which means games that are going to be announced via a press conference. Likely, these include exclusives for Xbox One and PS4. Twitch's E3 Stream will go live on Tuesday at 3:00 PM EST (12:00 PST).
  16. Marcus Estrada

    Ubisoft E3 Lineup Announced

    With E3 closing in, companies are finally revealing the content they'll have on hand. Yesterday Ubisoft shared the big names that they'll be bringing to convention. Of course, there's going to be more available as well, but some things have to be kept secret. Here are the main titles Ubisoft is bringing to the convention: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Rayman Legends South Park: The Stick of Truth Splinter Cell: Blacklist Watch Dogs Interestingly, this upcoming game content will also be playable outside of E3. If you happen to be near Los Angeles then you can try and sign up for an invitation to their Uplay event. The lounge is going to host their E3 games so some of the public can try them out.
  17. Marcus Estrada

    IndieCade @ E3 Games Revealed

    IndieCade is an annual games festival that focuses on promoting indie titles instead of big names. Held annually in Los Angeles, they also have begun showcasing titles within the walls of E3. E3 2012 is no different and IndieCade has revealed the lineup. PC, Vita, and mobile titles are being represented most heavily. Here is the list that was revealed today for each of these platforms. PC: 7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat 6180 the moon TorqueL Tower of Guns Terrible Posture Games Crashtastic in a window Dominique Pamplemousse in It's All Over Once The Fat Lady Sing C3 The Dead Linger Pinstripe Soundodger That Dragon, Cancer Guns of Icarus Online Legend of Dungeon Hidden TowerFall Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Voronoid Vita: Hohokum Flower Mobile: Luxuria Superbia In a Permanent Save State Spaceteam Perfection. Forsaken Planet This massive list of games isn't all that IndieCade is bringing either. They've also included some PS3 games like QuickDraw and Johann Sebastian Joust. Overall it looks like indies are going to have a huge presence at E3 this year. Expect Game Podunk to provide coverage for many of these great games during E3!
  18. During the last Nintendo Direct, Nintendo spoke about bringing some of their E3 content to Best Buy. Usually during E3, gamers can only watch streams or read posts about anything on the show floor which is why the Best Buy events could be helpful. We don't know what games will be playable but hopefully they're some highly anticipated titles. What we do know now is where the official Nintendo Experience locations are. Best Buy has updated their site to include a page about the demos. Click here if you want to search for nearby events yourself. The events will only be open to the public on June 12th and 15th in the afternoon/evening. On June 11th (which is the first day of E3), the list of games at Best Buy are going to be announced. Unfortnately, this seems a very limited time frame for people to try the games out in. Also, as you might expect, all fifty states are not participating. States such as California and Florida make good with at least six locations while others are stuck with only one participating Best Buy.
  19. Now before we begin, I want it to be clear with everyone, Microsoft screwed up royally with the fallout from their presentation. With so many websites reporting so many different things, it was impossible to tell what was true and what wasn't. To make matters worse, a lot of misleading or just downright wrong information was being presented by some of Microsoft's top employees. However, I'm not here to talk about that. All of that is incredibly bad, to an insane degree, but that had nothing to do with the presentation itself. Instead, we're going to talk about what Microsoft actually presented. A lot of people (myself included) felt it was a rather lackluster show. But it is possibly, and actually very likely that Microsoft did this on purpose. The Calm Before The Storm One of the points Microsoft seemed to be hammering into people's heads was the fact that E3 is just a few short weeks away, and that this presentation was just the calm before the storm. The only point to this show was to get the word out about the Xbox One, and thanks to this show, it seems to be all anybody is currently talking about. Sure the things being said aren't exactly all that positive, but what have you read about Sony and Nintendo this past week? I like where this is headed Your answer was probably "nothing." That is because Microsoft is absolutely dominating the headlines right now, and odds are they'll be the focus of nearly every gaming website out there all the way to E3 thanks to how close the show actually is. People are expecting Microsoft to clear the air over all of these rumors, and there's only one place that is going to happen. And that is at E3. This means that despite knowing Nintendo is going to have a big Direct during the expo and the fact that Sony is going to have a huge blowout doesn't really apply at the moment. Everyone wants to see if Microsoft is going to sink or swim, and their curiosity over Microsoft's possible doom is overshadowing their excitement for the PS4 and Nintendo Wii U What Do We Really Know About The Kinect 2? We know that the Kinect is going to be incorporated in just about everything the Xbox One does, and we know that it'll be watching and listening to you. Other than that, what else can this magical machine crafted by apparent rocket scientists do? You know there is going to be more to it than just motion tracking and voice commands, they even briefly mentioned something during the show. The plastic used in the Kinect 2 is the same as the plastic found in Aglets And that little something was its apparent ability to monitor your heart rate. While I have absolutely no idea how that could work, it gives you a good idea of just how crazy this thing could end up being. If it can monitor your heart, what else could it do? We simply won't know until E3, and the fact that nobody is excited about this absolutely baffles me. How could all this not be exciting?! The Trap Is Set For Sony We're still a few weeks away from E3, and the console giants are still hammering out the details behind their presentations. But do you remember how things went during the Playstation 4 announcement? The main focus of Sony's big event was the fact that the console wouldn't just be another brown and bloom shooting console. Instead they showed off games like Knack and The Witness. Microsoft went in the exact opposite direction with their showing. Instead of showing new and innovative titles, they revealed Forza, Madden and Call of Duty; everything Sony was trying to distance themselves from during their showing. Now, why would Microsoft purposefully make themselves look like they're going for the cliched "dudebro" audience? Console wars are a lot like Mouse Trap, but with billions of dollars at stake. Because they're trying to catch Sony in a trap. You and I both know Microsoft has plenty of colorful and zany exclusives like The Maw and Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster. But by making themselves out to look like they're only making sports titles and shooters, they set Sony up for the fall in a rather "egg in your face" sort of way. Expect Sony to come out during E3 swinging with jabs about Microsoft's inability to think outside of the box and their insistence on just doing the same old thing every year and with every console iteration. Then you can expect Microsoft to come out with all of the colorful and neat titles they had hidden and waiting out in the shadows. It'll really make Sony look like they're grasping at straws in desperation if they fall for it. Of course, I could be wrong about all this and Microsoft really did just forget who their customer base is... but what are the odds of that? As always, thank you for reading.
  20. So, we know what XSEED Games is bringing to E3 but what of other Japanese game-focused companies? Aksys Games recently announced that they will indeed be at E3 2013, with both known titles as well as a few surprises. Here's what we know they'll have in tow: A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX (360) Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) Two new titles Asksy isn't a company afraid to localize niche titles so we've got to wonder what these two games are. Both of them will not only have trailers but also be available in playable form for convention goers. Expect Game Podunk to check out the two secret titles during E3! What do you think the unannounced games might be?
  21. Marcus Estrada

    XSEED Announces E3 Lineup

    Sure, a lot of eyes will be on Sony and Microsoft as they discuss their upcoming consoles in detail, but that's not all E3 will be about. A great deal of new games will also be showcased for those consoles as well as all the devices currently available. With E3 right around the corner, XSEED Games have shared a list of products that they'll be bringing to the event. Their main games are as follows: Killer is Dead (360/PS3) Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (PS3/Vita) Rune Factory 4 (3DS) Valhalla Knights 3 (Vita) Ys: Memories of Celceta (Vita) Under the brand Marvelous Online, they are also bringing a handful of smartphone and Windows-based titles, which are the following: Battle Space (Browser) Cross Horizon (Android/iOS) Knights in the Sky (Browser) Ninja Warrior (Android/iOS) Pandora Saga (Windows) Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine (Windows) Of course, the main attention of the gaming world will be the first list of titles, especially in regards to Killer is Dead and Rune Factory 4. Regardless, it looks like their booth will be pretty jam packed for this year's E3! Which XSEED property are you looking forward to most?
  22. Marcus Estrada

    Winners Announced for Indies Crash E3

    A few years ago, many wacky and unusual games were able to be seen at E3 in an area known as Kentia Hall in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Unfortunately, the hall was then taken out of the event floor space which left these smaller developers and publishers without a spot to showcase their wares. It has been like that for a while now and will probably never return. In the current generation, many of us are aware of indie games but that is primarily due to being huge fans of gaming. What about all those who simply tune in during E3 to hear about the next triple A titles? They are completely blind to most indie titles and would be for E3 2013 as well if it weren't for Indies Crash E3. This competition's inaugural event has been a success. The purpose was to grant a handful of independent developers a golden ticket of sorts. Instead of having to have an already massive fanbase or shelling out for a nearly $1000 ticket, these indies are now getting a free ticket to the event. As part of winning, they also have received a PR team which will do their best to make sure big gaming sites are aware of their games. Here are the ten winners announced today: Saibot Studios with Doorways Sunstone Games with Kaiju Combat Neuro Games with Project Neumann Raspina Studio with E.T. Armies TripleClaim Game Collective with Bananaz in Space Spiffy Goats with Glorious: Companions Pardis Game Studio with Shabgard - Down of Darkness Behold Studios with Knights of Pen & Paper Frozen Pixel Studio with Nucleotide Man Fight Dragon with Black Annex Here's hoping their win in the competition will get these indie developers some much-needed press. Hopefully the Indies Crash E3 event will also continue to happen for future conventions.
  23. Marcus Estrada

    My Thoughts on E3 and "Booth Babes"

    Note: Not wanting to add to the problem, this post will only use images of women who I felt had the closest equivalent of dress to their male peers. I went to E3 this year. Although much fun was had playing the titles, seeing famous people in the industry, and generally having a nice time, I couldn't help but be intensely unhappy about one thing. This one thing is how as soon as I walked into the world of E3 I was greeted by seeing "booth babes". Although I certainly had known they would be here before, I never really thought about just how pervasive it is. This was the first time I was really forced to spend days at E3 and see that they were everywhere. From Atlus to Nintendo, booth babes were nearly at every booth to help lure people over. Now, before I really get into this let me say I really hate the term "booth babe" itself. Regardless, I'm going to use it because other terms will probably confuse the issue further, especially for those who have never considered it an issue. Perhaps I'm furthering it just by calling these women booth babes, but that is how this piece is going to be written right now. I'm not sure why I didn't feel like it would really be this way. Perhaps because year after year I always have ignored sites posting booth babe "photo roundups". I can see women in a great deal of ways and seeing ones who are only tangentially related to gaming isn't particularly interesting. So, while I knew that booth babes would be around I wasn't actually prepared for it. Especially not with how they were literally everywhere I looked. Some were in costumes and some were in uniforms, but either way, they were obviously instructed to show skin. The vast majority of people sent out to represent each booth's products were women. While there were usually men around too, they were dressed in uniforms free of showing off their body. This year there weren't even men costumed up in any state of undress. Instead, there were maybe a few guys in space armor or military-style attire. As they appeared to be physically fit I'd classify them as booth "hunks" but there was probably only four or five overall. In comparison, the amount of women in costume was higher. The amount of women in skin-showing uniforms was probably in the hundreds. The amount of women in dress which was comparable to their male partners, was probably around three. Although it should probably have been obvious by looking at how 99% of the booth babes were thin and stereotypically beautiful, not all of these women were employees of the companies they represented. They were hired for this event, taught some facts about their games, then dressed up and unleashed on the convention center. These women were very nice and helpful with simple information sharing, but the vast majority had nothing to actually do with the industry. I can understand why Nintendo (with their massive booth) would need to call extra help, but why did the smaller booths feel it necessary to hire extra help? Atlus, for example, had a very small square booth but still had its share of miniskirt-wearing booth babes. There is nothing wrong with these women taking the job of booth babe, either, in case someone thinks that's where I'm going with this. If these women enjoy being a helpful spokesperson for gaming and other industries then good for them. They're simply taking work where it is offered so they are no way at fault for the trend of booth babes in this industry (and others). They're obviously also not the ones making the costume or uniform selections. That's all on the people in control of the booths. Perhaps it is due to me not being on Twitter seriously until this year, but I never noticed such a strong backlash against E3's booth babes before. As such, since the event I've read many things posted about the issue from a great deal of people. I've read some from men, some from women, and overall the critical response is that booth babes shouldn't have a place in E3. I agree. I can't help but feel like one thing is missing from the critical analysis of why exactly booth babes are bad for E3. Both men and women seem to be focusing on the huge issue of how booth babes effect women in and around the industry. With booth babes left and right, it makes you tune them out. Not only them though, but also other women. It's a horrific thing because no doubt women in game development, publishing, media, or otherwise may be viewed less seriously because of all the booth babes around. It also may be hurtful to women to see these women on display. There's no nice way to say that. These women are obviously chosen and dressed up to be on display. They are meant to attract someone to the booth. As they're all primarily skinny it also isn't helpful to self image, and in general, is just quite negative. Booth babes no doubt are affecting the perception of women in the industry, as well as women themselves who come to E3. However, there's one thing that no men (that I have read) speak about. Whenever they write about booth babes and why this is a bad idea they talk about how it harms women or how it harms the view of the industry to outsiders. If not that, they may speak to it not being helpful for expanding the industry in the future (as it's not inviting to the growing audience of women). This is all true but why can no men say that it effects them too? For me, it was a huge shock and made me feel terrible. Sure, I'm not a woman, but that doesn't mean I'm wholly unfazed by the display of thin flesh left and right. I am a feminist, but the distaste I feel toward booth babes at E3 is not purely because of how it treats women and how women will feel about it. This is a huge deal, and probably the larger side of things overall, but as a man I felt bad too. I felt bad for myself. Were these women meant to pander to me? They must have. I'm a straight man who loves video games. This is what the developers and publishers believe to be their biggest audience and so they were pandering to it. However, thrusting lots of skimpily-dressed women everywhere makes it seems like their biggest audience is actually young teenage straight males. How does this make any sense? E3 is not simply a fan expo but a business convention for adults only. E3 isn't the only part of gaming culture which attempts to treat me like a teenage boy, but it seems most obvious here. Are men like me meant to love this? Are we supposed to flock to a booth simply because a pretty girl is smiling in our general direction? Are we meant to be excited to play a game simply because a girl compliments me on a shirt or says the game she's demoing is fun? Apparently so, and I hated it. It made me feel ashamed. Initially, I didn't even want to enter certain booths because their perimeter was dotted with booth babes. I didn't want to be associated with such a thing. I am not enticed to play a game because a girl is dressed up in the same vicinity. It repelled me, not because I thought the women were ugly, or anything of the sort. It was because I KNEW what this was about. It's about pandering to a specific audience, who I feel isn't even very strongly in attendance. There are definitely people at E3 who like this showing of booth babes. I saw many people taking pictures of booth babes or even posing with them. On the other hand, with the small amount of booth hunks, people only seemed to take pictures OF them, not with their arms around them. So yes, there are definitely people at E3 the opposite of me and who benefit from booth babes. In turn, the companies that hire these women benefit too. However, I doubt this is the majority of attendees who react this way with booth babes. For me at least I felt awful. I wanted to purely enjoy my time but it was hampered tremendously by these booth babes. They did nothing to me and I did nothing to them but it just felt awful. Here I was, participating in an industry which thinks this is completely fine. It's not fine for a million reasons and I doubt it really makes much business difference either. The only way we would know is if one year they suddenly banned booth babes at E3, but I doubt this will happen anytime soon. Companies will continue to argue that it's completely helpful as the majority of gamers are still male. And straight. And horny. This is insulting. Not only is it hugely incorrect, it is completely ridiculous. E3 isn't the only part of the industry which treats us this way, but it certainly is the most obvious with it. Women deserve better treatment in and around the gaming industry than this. The industry deserves to treat itself better too, because this is hardly professional. Men, too, though also deserve to be treated in a respectful fashion instead of this supposed pandering to "our desires". It makes me feel like $@#%. It makes me feel worse that no men who I have read on the subject have ever brought up their own issues with booth babes. Why don't they? Sometimes I worry it's because they are okay with it themselves, and only change their thoughts when thinking about how it must cause women trouble. Again, I'm not trying to say women shouldn't be a big focus of this. Of course they should! However, we have tons of discourse already about how this affects women, both by women and men on the subject. The issue of how booth babes may be problematic for men though is left un-discussed. So there are my thoughts about it.
  24. Year after year, E3 crops up in Los Angeles and gamers everywhere and soak up information from sites and streams as best they can. Of course, watching a gameplay demo or reading a description of it is nice, but wouldn't it be much better to just play the games yourself? Nintendo is attempting to bridge this gap thanks to a partnership with Best Buy. During the week of E3 (June 11-13), many Best Buy stores are set to use Wii U kiosks to show off unreleased games. If your local Best Buy is participating you'll be able to check out some of the games from E3 first hand. No specific titles were revealed yet, but hopefully they include games such as Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, or even Game & Wario. There has been no word of these demos also coming to eShop, but that would seem to be an even smarter decision.
  25. If there's one thing that could be said about the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) it's that it is not very indie friendly. Yes, independently developed and published games can sometimes make it onto the show floor, but with nowhere near the amount of glitz as big names. E3 is primarily about triple A titles and that's the way the industry likes it. In an attempt to give otherwise overlooked games exposure, Venus Patrol and the Museum of Contemporary Art have teamed up for HORIZON. HORIZON is an event for developers both large and small to get their innovative games shown to the world. As the museum is not far from the LA Convention Center, some journalists may flock to this event for stronger upcoming game coverage. Unfortunately, none of the games that will be at the event have been announced yet. Some will be games we're aware of, but others are promised to be "super secret new surprises." HORIZON takes place on June 13th, which is the last day of E3 2013.
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