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Well this is what I make of E3 2008:



Conferences:

Microsoft

Would have been pretty impressive if it hadn't all been revealed by intellisponse weeks before the show. Obviously the big (and probably only truly interesting announcement) was FFXIII, but that was later downsized when they announced its still ps3 exclusive in Japan and you realized it would ship on like 10 disks. I also did notice quite alot of copying the competitors:

Lips --- Singstar
Dashboard --- Apple
Avatars --- Mii
Movie game --- Eyetoy
Sceneit --- Buzz
FFXIII --- FFXIII

top points for effort though.

Sony

They basically rehashed everything shown before, spent way too long on PSP and PS2 (no one cares any more ) and too little time on PS3. Killzone 2 looks cool, that massive war game looks cool (but can they really pull it off?). Sony pretty much played it safe, everyone knew GOW3 was coming already.

Nintendo

Booooorrrriing. Madworld looks pretty cool though.

Expo:

Mostly just a shitstorm of trailers and other things but here are the things that caught my eye:

1) How damn! Mirror's edge looks awesome. I am worried that it could get repetitive (AC anyone?) or that it be overly linear though.

2) Left 4 dead, do want.

3) Tyrannids? Dawn of War 2?? FUCK YES.

4)On the fence with fallout 3, the style and graphics look good but I don't look the stilted way it handles combat.

5) Gears of War 2 looks awesome, I especially like the new 2v2v2v2 deathmatch mode.

6) RA3, Empire of the rising sun = tranformers robots in disguise?

7) Fat Princess game looks awesome as well.

8) Dead Space looks... well it looks like game of the year material.

Overall this E3 has been alright, the big 3 have sort of played it safe, nothing big (apart from FF) has been announced which leads me to wonder why MS didn't announce the bungie game (stupid marketing people). Here's hoping that E3 next year will be bigger and better.

ALSO

Best trailer of E3???




What do you do if you don't have any footage of your game but you need a trailer?

Answer: Try and use your epic video editing skills and music to try and diguise the fact your trailers consists of a handful of static images for a full 4 minutes.

Also wtf is up with the people with the random people with gasmasks? This trailer is so bad its good.



Finally...

Contest update:

Nearly finished, just the awards bit to be done which will take place in the next few days according to the GCA. It looks close. I have decided to give away a game soundtrack. You can choose from:

MGS2
shadow of the colossus
MGS 20th anniversary
Zelda
Final fantasy

A bit vague but more details to come after it finishes. Also some clarification:

Bootbabes were STILL banned despite nyko having some (I guess the $5000 fine they paid was nothing compared to the money it cost them for the boothbabe...)

GeOW 2 co-op is 5 players confirmed, not 4 players.

FFXIII shown does count despite it being in the Sony category.








If you havent played yet you can still play!!!

To play:
http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/jkh13/e3-the-game-contest--95108.phtml

Read the rules carefully before choosing your choices, have fun!




The Microsoft presser has finished and that means some of the choices have turned out to be correct. Here are the ones that are correct:

Dashboard redesign - 100pt
Microsoft mii-like avatars - 50pt
Final Fantasy 13 shows up in some form -100pt
Valve shows more than Left 4 dead - 50pt
Fallout 3 playable -100pt

Incorrect:

Motion control game announced with peripheral - 100pt
- Banjo Kazooie 3 -100pt
Killer instinct 3 - 100pt
J Allard returns - 200pt
Bill gates cameo appearence - 150pt
4-player co-op GeOW 2 - 50pt (5-player co-op)
New 360 hardware (not new sku, redesign) - 200pt
- Bluray addon/new hardware - 100pt
3rd Xbox announced
Peter Moore returns to Microsoft







jkh13
5:11 AM on 07.14.2008

reposted as I forgot to put contest in the title, if you already put your choices down you don't have to put them down again.



Introduction:

Okay, this is a game about E3, basically you choose what predictions you think will come true during E3 2008 and the person who is most accurate wins.

The rules:

1. A person may select 1 choice from each category below and also 4 additional choices from any category.

2. Some choices allow you to gain extra points for a more accurate prediction. If you choose to do this and lose you will gain no points for that choice. This option does not take up an extra choice.

3. After an announcement has been made you may not select that choice so it is advised that you choose as early as possible. Since this is very close to the MS press conference, you may have 5 additional choices instead of 4 if you choose after it has finished.

4. You MUST post your choices in this blog in the comments section.

Prizes:

Depends how many people enter, will probably be a copy of the MGS4 soundtrack/some microsoft points e.t.c. but if less than 15 people enter their will be no prize.

Choices:

Microsoft



1) New Halo announced - 50pt
- Bungie developed - 50pt
- 2 new Halo games announced - 50pt
- 3 new Halo games - 100pt

2) Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 timed exclusive - 300pt

3) Metal gear online released seperately on Xbox 360 - 250pt

4) Motion control game announced with peripheral - 100pt
- Banjo Kazooie 3 -100pt

5) Killer instinct 3 - 100pt

6) J Allard returns - 200pt

7) Bill gates cameo appearence - 150pt

8) Dashboard redesign - 100pt

9) MGS4 for Xbox 360 - 400pt

10) New mechassault/warrior game - 250pt

11) Microsoft mii-like avatars - 50pt

12) Something related to Alan wake - 50pt
- Demoed in some form - 150pt

13) Gears of war 2 wins game of the show - 100pt

14) 4-player co-op GeOW 2 - 50pt

15) GeOW 2 playable at show - 50pt

16) New 360 hardware (not new sku, redesign) - 200pt
- Bluray addon/new hardware - 100pt


Playstation 3



1) Resistance 2 playable at show - 50pt

2) killzone 2 playable at show - 50pt

3) Little big planet release date announced - 50pt

4) PSP2 announced - 150pt

5) PSP redesign - 150pt

6) New psp colors - 50pt

7) Stopping production on UMD disks - 250pt

8) PS3 pricecut - 200pt

9) new controller - 100pt
- splits into 2 bits - 100pt

10) Ps2 games on PSN - 50pt

11) Brand new Metal gear game for PS3 announced - 250pt

12) Metal gear game for PSP announced - 100pt

13) Ken kutagari cameo appearence - 200pt

14) Killzone 2 game of the show - 100pt

15) Resistance 2 game of the show - 100pt

16) Final Fantasy 13 shows up in some form -100pt
- Playable at show - 300pt

17) Resident evil 5 PS3 timed exclusive - 300pt

18) Ps3 slim - 250pt

19) GOW 3 - 50pt

20) Tekken 6 gameplay shown - 100pt

Nintendo



1) Wii redesign - 150pt

2) DS redesign - 100pt

3) DS2 announced - 200pt

4) Pikmin sequel announced - 50pt
- playable - 50pt

5) New zelda game for wii - 150pt

6) New wii balance board game - 50pt

7) Nintendo revives Kid Icarus - 100pt
- developed by Factor 5 - 100pt

8) Rockband 2 for wii - 50pt

9) Starfox game announced - 100pt

10) 1st party Storage device solution - 100pt

11) Carnival games shown during the Nintendo conference - 50pt

12) Madworld playable - 100pt

13) Nintendo shows no games for the hardcore during conference - 50pt

14) New animal crossing - 50pt
- Its an MMO - 150pt

Others:

1) Call of duty 5 playable - 50pt
- Turns out to be epic phail (confirmed)

2) Fallout 3 playable - 100pt

3) Fallout 3 game of the show - 150pt

4) Major game site reports someone tries to play endwar with voice control on the showfloor - 150pt

5) Proper crysis sequel announced - 150pt

6) New Infinity ward game announced - 100pt
- Sci-fi shooter - 100pt

7) Valve shows more than Left 4 dead - 50pt
- Portal 2 - 100pt
- Counter-strike 2 - 200pt
- Hl2: Ep3 - 150pt

8) Blizzard decide to show up in some form - 50pt

9) ID demo Rage - 100pt

10) Duke Nukem forever shows up - 50pt
- playable - 100pt
- Release date announced - 100pt

11) Wolfenstein game playable - 100pt

12) Doom 4 reveal - 100pt

13) Bungie announces game for platform other than the xbox - 100pt

14) Battlefield 3 shown in some form - 100pt
- PC exclusive - 100pt

15) EA buys a new company - 150pt

16) Bioshock 2 shown in some form - 50pt

17) Aliens game shown - 50pt
- playable - 100pt

18) Tecmo announce new DOA/Ninja gaiden game - 200pt

19) Ex-team ninja members form new developement studio - 150pt
- announce a game - 150pt

20) DirectX 11 shown - 100pt

21) F.E.A.R 2 shown - 100pt

22) Something goes horribly wrong at one of the big 3 conferences - 100pt

23) Square enix show a new game - 50pt

24) Halo 3 PC - 150pt

Batshit insane - all worth 350pt

1) Halo on PS3

2) 3rd Xbox announced

3) E3 called off due to unforseen circumstances

4) Sega announce new console

5) Peter Moore returns to Microsoft

6) Kaz Harai and Reggie face off in an epic rap battle

7) Boothbabes no longer banned

8) Sony exit the console war

9) E3 turns out to be a hoax and actually the whole thing is a massive flash rave.

Bonus points:

All 9 correct - 200pt

8 correct - 150pt

7 correct - 100pt

6 correct - 50pt







jkh13
6:07 PM on 07.13.2008



Introduction:

Okay, this is a game about E3, basically you choose what predictions you think will come true during E3 2008 and the person who is most accurate wins.

The rules:

1. A person may select 1 choice from each category below and also 4 additional choices from any category.

2. Some choices allow you to gain extra points for a more accurate prediction. If you choose to do this and lose you will gain no points for that choice. This option does not take up an extra choice.

3. After an announcement has been made you may not select that choice so it is advised that you choose as early as possible. Since this is very close to the MS press conference, you may have 5 additional choices instead of 4 if you choose after it has finished.

4. You MUST post your choices in this blog in the comments section.

Prizes:

Depends how many people enter, will probably be a copy of the MGS4 soundtrack/some microsoft points e.t.c. but if less than 15 people enter their will be no prize.

Choices:

Microsoft



1) New Halo announced - 50pt
- Bungie developed - 50pt
- 2 new Halo games announced - 50pt
- 3 new Halo games - 100pt

2) Resident Evil 5 Xbox 360 timed exclusive - 300pt

3) Metal gear online released seperately on Xbox 360 - 250pt

4) Motion control game announced with peripheral - 100pt
- Banjo Kazooie 3 -100pt

5) Killer instinct 3 - 100pt

6) J Allard returns - 200pt

7) Bill gates cameo appearence - 150pt

8) Dashboard redesign - 100pt

9) MGS4 for Xbox 360 - 400pt

10) New mechassault/warrior game - 250pt

11) Microsoft mii-like avatars - 50pt

12) Something related to Alan wake - 50pt
- Demoed in some form - 150pt

13) Gears of war 2 wins game of the show - 100pt

14) 4-player co-op GeOW 2 - 50pt

15) GeOW 2 playable at show - 50pt

16) New 360 hardware (not new sku, redesign) - 200pt
- Bluray addon/new hardware - 100pt


Playstation 3



1) Resistance 2 playable at show - 50pt

2) killzone 2 playable at show - 50pt

3) Little big planet release date announced - 50pt

4) PSP2 announced - 150pt

5) PSP redesign - 150pt

6) New psp colors - 50pt

7) Stopping production on UMD disks - 250pt

8) PS3 pricecut - 200pt

9) new controller - 100pt
- splits into 2 bits - 100pt

10) Ps2 games on PSN - 50pt

11) Brand new Metal gear game for PS3 announced - 250pt

12) Metal gear game for PSP announced - 100pt

13) Ken kutagari cameo appearence - 200pt

14) Killzone 2 game of the show - 100pt

15) Resistance 2 game of the show - 100pt

16) Final Fantasy 13 shows up in some form -100pt
- Playable at show - 300pt

17) Resident evil 5 PS3 timed exclusive - 300pt

18) Ps3 slim - 250pt

19) GOW 3 - 50pt

20) Tekken 6 gameplay shown - 100pt

Nintendo



1) Wii redesign - 150pt

2) DS redesign - 100pt

3) DS2 announced - 200pt

4) Pikmin sequel announced - 50pt
- playable - 50pt

5) New zelda game for wii - 150pt

6) New wii balance board game - 50pt

7) Nintendo revives Kid Icarus - 100pt
- developed by Factor 5 - 100pt

8) Rockband 2 for wii - 50pt

9) Starfox game announced - 100pt

10) 1st party Storage device solution - 100pt

11) Carnival games shown during the Nintendo conference - 50pt

12) Madworld playable - 100pt

13) Nintendo shows no games for the hardcore during conference - 50pt

14) New animal crossing - 50pt
- Its an MMO - 150pt

Others:

1) Call of duty 5 playable - 50pt
- Turns out to be epic phail (confirmed)

2) Fallout 3 playable - 100pt

3) Fallout 3 game of the show - 150pt

4) Major game site reports someone tries to play endwar with voice control on the showfloor - 150pt

5) Proper crysis sequel announced - 150pt

6) New Infinity ward game announced - 100pt
- Sci-fi shooter - 100pt

7) Valve shows more than Left 4 dead - 50pt
- Portal 2 - 100pt
- Counter-strike 2 - 200pt
- Hl2: Ep3 - 150pt

8) Blizzard decide to show up in some form - 50pt

9) ID demo Rage - 100pt

10) Duke Nukem forever shows up - 50pt
- playable - 100pt
- Release date announced - 100pt

11) Wolfenstein game playable - 100pt

12) Doom 4 reveal - 100pt

13) Bungie announces game for platform other than the xbox - 100pt

14) Battlefield 3 shown in some form - 100pt
- PC exclusive - 100pt

15) EA buys a new company - 150pt

16) Bioshock 2 shown in some form - 50pt

17) Aliens game shown - 50pt
- playable - 100pt

18) Tecmo announce new DOA/Ninja gaiden game - 200pt

19) Ex-team ninja members form new developement studio - 150pt
- announce a game - 150pt

20) DirectX 11 shown - 100pt

21) F.E.A.R 2 shown - 100pt

22) Something goes horribly wrong at one of the big 3 conferences - 100pt

23) Square enix show a new game - 50pt

24) Halo 3 PC - 150pt

Batshit insane - all worth 350pt

1) Halo on PS3

2) 3rd Xbox announced

3) E3 called off due to unforseen circumstances

4) Sega announce new console

5) Peter Moore returns to Microsoft

6) Kaz Harai and Reggie face off in an epic rap battle

7) Boothbabes no longer banned

8) Sony exit the console war

9) E3 turns out to be a hoax and actually the whole thing is a massive flash rave.

Bonus points:

All 9 correct - 200pt

8 correct - 150pt

7 correct - 100pt

6 correct - 50pt







jkh13
5:35 PM on 07.13.2008

This is from the release of MGS4 till now.

As you can see I might have gone a little MGS4 crazy during the past month, luckily I didn't succumb to ebay and buy things for extortionate prices like the guy that decided it was a good investment to buy a signed MGS4 sleeve for £200...



I finally managed to get hold of a copy of MGS1 which I had only played via emulation before. Also I managed to get hold of soundtracks for MGS2 and 3. The soundtrack for MGS4 isn't as epic as the ones for 2 and 3 in my opinion. I also bought the LE MGS4 for a stupid £80 (why do people in Europe always get ripped off?) but managed to make the money back by selling a second copy on ebay for £200 (well if they are stupid enough not to pre-order... they had 3 weeks to do it!).

Also acquired are some MGS4 posters.

This one is pretty huge:


This one is just epic:


I got other things apart from MGS things:



I haven't touched P3:FES yet. The rest is a bunch of promo Tshirts (including a signed Fallout 3 t-shirt) all in the obligatory XL size, some KOF promo stuff from TGS05 and a Halo 3 thing.

Suprisingly the game I have played the most this month has been Ninja gaiden 2, not because it is better than MGS4 but because it is so infuriatingly hard. At the moment I am 1/2 way through mentor, I can't imagine what Master ninja difficulty is like.

Other games played this month:
MGS4
Armed assault
World in Conflict
Counter-strike source
Photo Photo Photo








I posted this video in a previous C-blog before but I have now made it bigger and better!!!

I present:

Metal gear solid: retarded snake!!

Description:
An epic retelling of the unique narrative styles used throughout the Metal Gear Solid games.

For some reason embedding from gametrailers does not work very well with user movies so I can only provide a link:
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/238342.html