A bee-utiful behind the scenes look at running a video game expo.
A few days ago, I went to the B3 Game Expo in the big hive across the forest. I had great hopes that the big three companies would deliver. With dazzling graphics and addictive gameplay, there's been a lot of buzz lately. Sadly, the conference was interrupted by RoboBear. This sneaky bugger wanted to learn all the secrets and went into the convention hall to sabotage everyone involved. Clearly, this would really take the sting out of the show. One security guard couldn't let it slide and went on a journey to save B3. We followed his journey.
The CEO and Queen of leading video game maker Beetronic decided to enlist the help of this security guard. The dreadful RoboBear is a powerful villain and some help is certainly appreciated. Recently, security guards were blocked from having any sort of weapon, which put our unlikely hero at a big disadvantage. The queen did have a working prop from their new and unknown IP, which he could use. When the RoboBear entered the main hall, the lone security guard wasn't prepared and had to search for batteries before starting the final showdown.
It turns out that the other two companies, Honey and Stinger, weren't willing to help at all. They scoffed at the guard, which forced him to change jobs into a booth bee so he could slip in. This didn't just happen on the first encounter as both corporations insisted on him having the right badge. Neither were available for comment. Our hero finished the job, but RoboBear struck back by attacking the highly secured backroom of Beetronic. His drones stole the new holographic toys-to-life figurines, turned design guru Beetomy in his personal trophy, and started hacking the unreleased system.
The stakes were higher than ever and our hero used his trusty B.Pad to work through all sorts of information. It allows the owner to look at a map, enlist help from a chatroom and even scan the environment. From experience, scanning the environment is a rather boring affair. Our B.Pad would say something decent now and again, but most of the B.Chat is repetitive. This is impressive for how small these convention hives are. And with impressive, we mean actually kind of lazy – the moderators really need to get a handle on that. The B.Pad does provide features like hacking and holographic imagery, so there is enough usage for the device we bet.
The second part of the security guard's journey didn't take too long either. All in all, we would say that it was wrapped up in 45 minutes. Maybe even shorter, but we can't recall. He had to shoot at some drones and RoboBear, solves a few puzzles with the B.Pad and get proclaimed as the hero. It is even rumored that this security guard is actually the star of Beetronic's next game. The whole parade was crazy for how much he achieved in those short moments. When asked what he found of the adventure, he responded the following: ''It was over before I knew it. If this was a game, I would call it a two level story with very little substance. It went all decent enough I suppose.'' We couldn't agree more.
After writing this report, it turns out that events where retold in the video game ''B3 Game Expo For Bees'' on the Nintendo Wii U. There was a weirdly abstract presentation and good usage for the Wii U GamePad, but that was about it. Decently made, but very little of value to hold you over for long. Scanning the environment is needed to fully 100% the game, but it felt pointless. Next to that, there were some obtuse moments that were better left out entirely. We had no reason to return after our initial run, so the security guard's tale probably won't generate much buzz.