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TonicBH avatar 9:05 PM on 06.05.2011  (server time)
E3 Approaches: The Electronic Three press conferences.

Oh wow, I keep forgetting that thing called the "Electronic Entertainment Expo" is happening in just a few short days. The internet is abuzz with many pre-E3 articles, and already a bunch of trailers have been released, leaked or otherwise.

One of the greatest things about the modern E3 are the tales and memes that spawn from the various press conferences over the years. Hell, even Destructoid has gotten on this E3 bandwagoning covering the best (worst) E3 press conferences. Yes, Tak Fujii, Ravi Drums and Giant Enemy Crabs are abound in the article, but there are other things that have shown up over the years that make all three press conferences hilarious to me. To the "Skittles" demo of Kinectimals at Microsoft's 2010 conference, to Disney's strange dance session to cover High School Musical: Sing It! in 2007, even Peter Moore botching a Rock Band demo at Microsoft's 2007 press conference. It's these moments of spontaneity that makes E3 for me.

To be honest, those little things about the press conferences -- and sometimes the events around them -- are infinitely more fascinating than just going to the trade show itself. Hell, if I was a press guy, I'd just hang out at the press conferences and not do much else. To me, they hold a distinct charm of the best and worst of E3 more than anything else. Hell, I've been trying to chronicle all the infamous moments of the press conferences, and even then I might've missed a few because there's so many of them.

But the games, though? Can't wait for them. Announcements are the other great thing about the press conferences. Even though I bought it on PC when it was released, I was floored to see Gabe Newell at last year's Sony conference and announce Portal 2 to PS3, complete with cross-platform play for PC and PS3 owners. Granted, not all of the announcements are winners, but they're still awesome and bring out that giddy shocked kid in me who gets excited for all that stuff. Granted, it might be a bunch of arm-flailing again this year with new Kinect, PlayStation Move and Wii games, but hey, doesn't bother me. I try not to get hyped to see XYZ game or thing at E3, it's more interesting to be indifferent and be pleasantly surprised than be extremely hyped, only for the hype to deflate when the game you were hoping for doesn't show or doesn't hit those extremely high expectations.

Personally, I can't wait to get my Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders and Silent Hill on thanks to another batch of HD re-releases. Thanks Konami for acknowledging gamers who didn't follow last generation that well, like me! Seriously, this doesn't bother me as much as it probably does for the rest of you. Certainly better than going to GameStop and buying dirty copies with missing labels/manuals and the disc with a mysterious substance on it.

(Although I did play the original MGS games... hell, I got a copy of MGS3 Subsistence Limited Edition that's apparently semi-rare and goes for $150+ on eBay... tempting.)

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