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Going to California

by Jonathan Metts - June 22, 2008, 9:50 am PDT
Total comments: 20

So far, it looks like Steven "Windyman" Rodriguez and I will be the only two representatives from Nintendo World Report, although we may try to get TYP access at the door, since he lives nearby and won't be risking much to try it. I'm trying to be realistic about just how exciting the show is going to be, since it has shrunk so drastically and we won't have the traditional, massive staff presence. However, I should still have some fun social time with all my other friends in the gaming business.

One of the best parts of every E3 has to be Nintendo's media briefing, where they announce the big games for the rest of the year and sometimes reveal games even further out. This year's briefing returns to the huge Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are now held. I got to sit in the third row of this place during the 2006 briefing, and it was quite thrilling. Nintendo's presentation that year wasn't exactly what we were expecting, but the debut of Wii Sports turned out to be an historic event. I'm now wondering if they can match that gravitas this year, or whether we'll be held captive for two hours watching Wii Fit commercials and YouTube videos about how much moms and dads love bowling. With E3 changed so much, does it even make sense to rent out the Kodak and put on another decadent briefing this year? I guess we'll see on July 15th.

I don't yet know what Windy has in mind for coverage this year, but it will be interesting and exceptionally busy with such a small crew at the event itself. We'll have to depend more than ever on our "Home Team" and probably relay a lot of information to them via phone and email between publisher meetings. One thing I definitely want to try is a set of short, daily podcasts that briskly go over the previous day's events and give our capsule impressions on all the games we played. These episodes should be able to go live quickly, since Windy and I can share a microphone to simplify the audio editing. I think we should also be able to get the E3 awards doled out much sooner than normal, since there is no need to build consensus or deal with the hassle of voting among the staff. Steven and I could even write our own separate awards articles if needed. If you have more ideas about this kind of thing, please let us know in the Talkback thread for this blog post.

So yeah, despite my semi-retirement from NWR over the past six months, I'm going to be representing the site at E3 one last time. It feels pretty strange to be going back, but I'm also excited to get one more taste of the show that literally changed my life way back in 2000.

Talkback

I'm continually jealous that I'll probably never get to go to E3.  It's all the way across the nation, and now it seems we only get two tickets to the thing.

Last year I had to work through Nintendo's conference.  It just happened that it coincided with my lunch break, so I had a friend on the phone watching G4's feed and giving me the play by play.

"He's holding up a white board or something."
"Like, to write on?"
"No, the video has somebody standing on it."
"Uhhhh..."
"Wii Board?"
"Uh huh..."

I'm not too worried about the small team we're sending, since I'm pretty sure you guys are up to the task.  On the bright side, you two/three can only produce so much content for the Home Team to edit!  Huzzah!

UrkelJune 22, 2008

Microsoft will win this year.

Thanks, Urkel, for equating Led Zeppelin with The Wizard.

steveyJune 22, 2008

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I'm continually jealous that I'll probably never get to go to E3.  It's all the way across the nation, and now it seems we only get two tickets to the thing.

I wonder why?

It's always been a dream of mine to go to E3, even if it were only the new E3 lite. It's probably sad that if I had the chance to be there and witness any historical event being at E3 2004 for press conference and the surprise unveiling of Twilight Princess would be on the short list.

NinGurl69 *hugglesJune 22, 2008

TP?  The main feature that year was Reggie.

Maybe it was 2005. I want the one with the video with no introduction and the room explodes when everyone sees Link, and then Miyamoto comes out from backstage with the Master Sword and a shield.

NinGurl69 *hugglesJune 22, 2008

Same year.  The show was all about Reggie.

ShyGuyJune 23, 2008

Yeah, E3 2005 is when Nintendo started its comeback. Three years later and Nintendo rules the world.

I hope NWR takes lots of candid pictures.

Dress for warm weather

UrkelJune 23, 2008

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

Thanks, Urkel, for equating Led Zeppelin with The Wizard.

Hey, that was still a perfectly good reference.

The Wizard is about kids traveling to California to get to a big Nintendo event.
E3 will have a bunch of man-children traveling to California to get to a big Nintendo event.

Quote from: Kairon

Microsoft will win this year.

Actually, if history is any indicator, Nintendo is due to win this year.

E3 2003
What happened: Pacman Vs.
The Result: Loss

E3 2004
What happened: Reggie was unveiled. And the DS. And Twilight Princess.
The Result: Epic Win.

E3 2005
What happened: Revolution was a virtual no-show while Sony showed off a bunch of prerendered concept videos.
The Result: Loss

E3 2006
What happened: FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE YOU ESS DOLLARS!!!, Realtime weapon change, Giant Enemy Crabs, Riiiiiiiiiiiiiidge Raaaaaaceeeerrrr!
Then thousands of nerds stampede past Sony's booth to go play Wii Sports.
The Result: Win

E3 2007
What happened: Nintendo kills gaming with Wii Fit.
The Result: Loss

And if 2002 was the E3 where Nintendo showed off SMS, Metroid Prime, and Wind Waker then that one was a win. So you see, Nintendo wins E3 every other year.

It's science, people!

NinGurl69 *hugglesJune 23, 2008

That deserves a History Channel special.

I hope they unveil Reggie again.

vuduJune 23, 2008

I'm totally digging the mini-podcast idea.  Especially since it will be recorded by people who actually attended E3 (*shock*) instead of Karl reading the news off the front page of NWR.  :)

blackfootstepsJune 24, 2008

Going to California is probably my favourite Led Zep song. Good thread title.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusJune 24, 2008

Quote from: blackfootsteps

Going to California is probably my favourite Led Zep song. Good thread title.

QFT

It's one of my favorites too.  I have a beautiful version played by Jason Ricci accompanying a female singer.

blackfootstepsJune 24, 2008

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

It's one of my favorites too.  I have a beautiful version played by Jason Ricci accompanying a female singer.

Wow, I just listened to it. I loved the instrumentation, amazing arrangement. At first I wasn't too hot on the girl's voice but it really grew on me toward the end of the song (maybe because there was more going on around it, I'm not sure). Thanks for the tip.

Quote from: vudu

I'm totally digging the mini-podcast idea.  Especially since it will be recorded by people who actually attended E3 (*shock*) instead of Karl reading the news off the front page of NWR.  :)

I'm especially digging it if I don't have to edit it/it gets me out of doing E3 news.  :P

AVJune 27, 2008

EAT SOME In-N-OUT hamburgers for me. Ok

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