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So, E3. Should've called it Wii3, right? Wii3 U? Right?

I have no idea. I followed pretty much nothing this year. I have a tendency to approach gaming news pretty passively, more of a "I'll hear it when I hear it" kind of thing, but the stuff that has trickled in through the twin filters of laziness and apathy sounds pretty good. A decent showing from Sony, quirky fun from Nintendo, you know how it goes. Reggie Fils-Aime being all whacky and junk. Jack Tretton being uncomfortable. Man, I don't even know.

What I heard about Microsoft's stuff - and I'll be honest here, since there's no way I'll be able to branch out, console-wise, this is where my heart must lie - sounds good. Well, alright, lotta questionable stuff, but here's the thing. Halo 4. Mass Effect 3. The Elder Scrolls V. Bioshock Infinite. These are pretty well all of my favourite big franchises. The only thing preventing me from dissolving into a being of pure joy is the lack of a follow up to Borderlands and maybe a cross-platform steampunk Animal Crossing - you know, to appeal to the kitschy Hot Topic girl in me. But, uh, yeah. I'm more or less full glee over here. Kissing strangers on the street, birds flying around, a real disaster, really.

And that's about that. Uh. Cool. Let's do this whole expo thing again next year, alright?



* - "Casual" gaming is a point of contention. Elsacaps's perpetual place up here, less so.

* - Manasteel88 puts out a solid writeup on Sony. And it ain't awkward baby, it ain't awkward at all.

* - The Wii U: hardcore like a switchblade made of switchblades.



A - BoomingEchoes' comment is, like, the André René Roussimoff of comments.

A - PlanetPanton reckons Nintendo's Wii U parallels the point in a young man's life where he starts wearing his mom's dresses. You know, figuring things out.

M - Keelut2012 just wants to snuggle up on the couch with a good pal and shoot some people.





S - Meteorscrap drops the apostate bomb. Ah, good word man, good word. Bad experience though and sympathy for that.



R - Gunsage mentions Dark Cloud 2 in his review of 2003's RPGs. Wolfy-Boey is the cheerfully sticky mess in the corner.

R - ManWithNoName wasn't quite mind-taken with the Wii U.

T - KingSigy wants to play him some games.

T - nekobun reacts to E3 (eventually).

R - Red Faction: Pixie Magic.



M - Swinging beat, Crackity Jones. Dig it.







- Bey

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