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PB & Jason Issue 88: PB & E3

Learn about the ghost of E3 past, present, and future in this week's PB & Jason.

That's right, this week's PB & Jason talks about E3. The big event is coming up next week. How will you prepare for all the press conferences, demos, pictures, videos, and interviews? By listening to PB & Jason, of course! Long lines are covered, tiny bit of swag, a question of parties, too. The 90's shows are discussed, as are the later shows and micro-E3s of years gone. Hear the technicalities behind receiving a media badge and attending the show in this very exciting PB & Jason! Oh, right. There's a little bit of talk about the Zelda Symphony tour (Guess who's attending?), Mario Tennis Open, and Diablo III, too, so stay tuned for that near the end!

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Joaquim Mira Media Manager

05/31/2012 at 12:41 AM

You can get the Shy Guy, and Koopa Troopa costumes for Mario Tennis Open...

Jason Ross Senior Editor

05/31/2012 at 12:52 PM

A costume can't make me spin around on the ground in a shell!

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

05/31/2012 at 01:19 PM

Unless it was animated to do so, but we don't know if that's the case.


05/31/2012 at 12:11 PM

This is the first time I've served up a PB&Jason, and it was delicious. You rock Jason! It's great Chessa, Nick, and yourself are going to cover the Zelda concert, I've always wanted to go to one of those but I've usually had to resort to youtube videos. I'll love to see all the coverage and stories you guys have on it.

I started keeping up with E3 news and coverage just before the beginning of this generation, so around 2004 and 2005. It was a really exciting time to start paying attention to the conference because the Wii reveal was pretty exciting. The beginning of this generation was generally very exciting and I was optimistic about the kind of games that would be possible. Now it's been 6 years since E3 05', a new Nintendo is on the way, we have seen a lot of great games this generation, and for me that excitement is building for the next gen. Even though we have seen a few great games at E3 in recent history, the last few years have been downers for me. That excitement and freshness is long gone with this generation. Every E3 brings something I'd expect, and I want to be surprised. I want Nintendo to woo me with the Wii U, I want the Valve team to show me the next Half Life, I want to see Doom 4, and more than anything I want to see new IPs that I can speculate on and be a little kid about again.

Over the years, even though the games coming out have been high quality, I just got tired of each E3 being a platform to show me the release date of the next Assassin's Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Gears of War, or Fable. It feels like I haven't been able to get excited for a new IP in quite a while. A new console generation isn't as great as a creative new IP, but new consoles are still pretty exciting and I'll have my eyes all over Nintendo's press conference.

As far as the overcrowding issues go, I've never been so I wouldn't know, but from the way you explained it I can see how messy it must be. Waiting hours in line to use one thing is a waste of time. The conference only lasts a few days, and if you waste the majority of an entire show-floor-day waiting in line for one thing it's just silly. I personally would want to see as many things as I could. I'm a Halo fanboy but even I wouldn't waste an entire day waiting to play a little Halo 4 demo. If it was my job to cover it that would be a different story because it would be like a requirement, but as a fan I could think of much more productive ways to use up a day rather than waiting in line for one thing.

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