It’s been four years since the debut of the PlayStation 3. Four years that have been one hell of a ride filled with great promise, embarrassing moments, and stupid decisions. Thankfully, it seems that Sony’s gaming platform has haphazardly found its way. Whether “how successful” is another argument to be made; what I want to focus on is the E3 event which started that strange journey.
E3 2006. Before a crowd of media correspondents and journalists from publications far and wide, Sony unveiled its third iteration to its gaming console series – the PlayStation 3. Most historians would mark this event as Sony’s downward spiral complimented with foolish arrogance and constant stupidity. And they are so dead on that even I, a full-time internet white knight, can’t sugar coat it enough.
This precious keynote is one of those unexpected hilarious moments that show how the King can quickly become the fool in no-time-sharp. Not only did you have Sony’s CEO Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, shock the crowd by announcing such a laughable $500 price point, but later he would utter the phrase that would become one of the most famous internet memes known to modern gaming.
And if that weren’t the icing on the cake, the presentation of Genji: Days of the Blade, featuring a giant crab battle (hehe), made the entire event seem like a huge prank – as if pretty-boy Ashton Kutcher was waiting to jump out and quickly point at the hidden cameras to the crowd present.
*Ignore the whole Wii360 comment at the end of this video, or not whatever :P
Yeah, it’s gotten a lot better, and cheaper too! *hugs PS3*
Posted in E3, General Gaming, Humor, PlayStation, PS3, What Did I Find On The Internet
Tagged E3 2006, Genji, giant crab, Kazuo Hirai, PlayStation 3, Ridge Racer, Sony
We often hear complaints from angry gamers and journos about the current state of E3. They say that the show’s not what it used to be. It’s getting there. E3 2010 was definitely a few steps up from what 2008 and 2007 were in presentation: lights, colors booth babes with swords.
Still, if you ask the OBG staff what they think of E3, we will tell you that we don’t mind the show the way it is right now. Then again, we had no problem with E3 2008, because games didn’t get lost in the crowd. One thing we can sure as hell tell you is that it’s a relief to know that E3 isn’t the same event it was in 1995.
This presentation of Mortal Kombat 3 at E3 1995 (actually the first E3 ever) is so bad it’s good. Next time you want to whine about how E3 isn’t what it used to be, force yourself to watch this video:
Rumors are in the air and geeks on message boards are posting their predictions like children writing letters to Jolly Saint Nick, as the Electronic Entertainment Expo is a brisk two weeks away. Now we, here at One Bored Gamer, couldn’t care less about such Nostradamus-ish activities and fanboy wankery, because the true entertainment is the event itself.
So, without further adieu, our humble blog presents Our Favorite E3 Moments! During the course of these few weeks before the start of E3, every now and then, we’ll be rummaging over some choice moments from past events. Things from the bizarre, to the down-right hilarious, and everything in-between. Let’s get started shall we!
Our first foray is from two years ago, at E3 2008 in Los Angeles, California. At the height of the music-gaming genre, Konami finally entered into the ring alongside Activision and Harmonix, but in their attempt to, would instead give us one of the most embarrassing on-stage displays of musical ineptitude.
Watch as this on-stage demo for Rock Revolution goes from funny to just sheer disappointment, while at the same time almost destroying a classic Punk Rock song in the process. If I were The Ramones, I would have probably sued for damages of some sort, but then the game failed pretty badly, so… justice I guess? I dunno.
Posted in E3, General Gaming, Guitar Hero, Humor, Peripheral Hell, What Did I Find On The Internet
Tagged demo, E3 2008, fanboy, Games, Konami, Los Angeles, Music, music games, on-stage, Rock Revolution
In just under a month E3 will again be underway. The speculation is starting to build as all the major gaming sites post rumors relating to what we might see at the show. Somehow, it doesn’t yet seem as exciting as last year. Something’s missing.
Most of my friends think that I’m crazy for this, but I am the type who enjoys all the pre-show hype. Last year by this time we had Kojima teasing games while rumors of motion controllers and a non-UMD PSP system set the gaming blogs ablaze. We knew a bit of what was coming but is was all vaguely hinted at. It was just enough to make me want to know and guess and want to see more.
This year, we already know that the 3DS is going to debut at the show, Zelda will make an appearance and we will see more Natal. The suspense isn’t there. This is when the big three are supposed to make me giddy and tell me that “huge” things are in store for next month, but I haven’t heard much from the companies. And Nintendo head-honcho Iwata even said in an interview that he didn’t want to hype E3 because he didn’t want fans to set unrealistic expectations, then be disappointed when the real announcements weren’t what the had anticipated.
Iwata has a point, but I love riding the E3 hype and speculation train as the final weeks before the show wind down. It just doesn’t feel like the E3 I love without it.
Btw. This was written on an iPad. I wanted to test out the wordpress app while showing the OBG blog some love.
Posted in E3, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony
Tagged 3DS, California, E3, Iwata, Kojima, Los Angeles, Nintendo, PSP2, Sony, Zelda
Sad sad sad. Still sad. I planted my Nintendo press kit forever ago. I still haven’t seen anything grow.It makes me sad.
I wonder if anyone else planted theirs. I know I gave one to my grandma too, and she planted hers about a week ago. Neither of us have had any luck.
Maybe one day.
Posted in E3, Misc