e3 2010

  • The sights of E3 2010

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the gaming industry’s equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show and the North American International Auto Show. It’s a massive show filled with game demos, over-the-top booths, and scantily-clad booth babes. In other words, it’s heaven. Click through for a large photo gallery that will give you a taste of what you’re missing. Read More

  • Portal 2: bigger, better, and definitely more insane

    I just got out of my Portal 2 meeting a little while ago, where Erik from Valve went through a few of the game’s new features and themes. It’s nothing particularly new if you read the Game Informer article, but seeing it in motion started my brain juices flowing again, just like the old days. And there are a few new details in here. Read More

  • Hands-on: 3DS hardware and gaming impressions

    We got our hands on the 3DS this morning at Nintendo’s press conference, but it wasn’t exactly a proper hands-on. It was just a simple demo to basically show that it works. Well, I just waited in a huge line that snaked around Nintendo’s E3 booth for over an hour to spend some quality time with the 3D gaming platform. Simply said, it works as advertised. Read More

  • Video: Portal 2's E3 2010 trailer

    Do you want to see the same Portal 2 trailer that Matt and I saw a few moments ago during Sony’s press conference? Of course you do! Also: the game’s official site isn’t live yet, but it’ll be here when it is. Read More

  • It's now Sony's 3D world

    Sony’s future isn’t motion control, but yet the other current home entertainment gimmick, 3D. Oh sure, Sony is fully embracing motion control as well with the Move and it works great, but let’s not call these two flavor of the weeks anything more than they are. They’re not revolutionary, groundbreaking, or really innovative. Both are nothing more than gimmicks but only… Read More

  • "Playstation Plus" – in which you pay Sony so you can borrow demos and PS3 themes

    There’s always a hardcore market. But $50/year may be too steep for what they’re offering. Early access to demos, special themes, and a handful of mini games? I don’t know. And it all disappears when your subscription ends. Sketchy! It’s like a Zune Pass except you don’t get access to like six million tracks, just the same stuff as everyone else a few days… Read More

  • SteelSeries announces Spectrum 5xb and 4xb headsets at E3

    SteelSeries announced at E3 today three new peripherals for the XBox 360: the Spectrum 5xb premium headset, the Spectrum 4xb entry-level headset, and the Spectrum AudioMixer which “allows any headset with a microphone and 3.5mm jacks to function with Xbox 360 gameplay and Xbox LIVE chat”. The Spectrum AudioMixer is included in the box with both the 5xb and 4xb headsets. Read More

  • YouRockGuitar MIDI guitar now shipping

    This odd guitar – it’s basically a MIDI device that is compatible with Rock Band and Guitar Hero by adding optional cartridges. The guitar is $199 The guitar never needs tuning and fret-select options allow fast, convenient performance
    GameFlex ™ allows for play on any platform or console
    You Rock Mode I lets players hit the right note in any key, any mode, any time.
    You… Read More

  • OnLive Cloud Gaming Service goes live June 17

    Take that, naysayers! OnLive, the cloud gaming service designed to allow you to play almost any game over the Internet is going live on June 17 and, thanks to a partnership with AT&T, the service is free the first year and $4.95/month after that. You can attempt to sign up here. OnLive has also released a roster of games including hits like Asassin’s Creed II, Dragon Age: Origins… Read More

  • First impressions and hands-on: Nintendo 3DS

    There’s not a lot to say about Nintendo’s new handheld, unfortunately: our demos are limited to one minute, the lighting is bad, and of course the 3D effect doesn’t translate to pictures or video. But here’s how it felt to me… Read More

  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword announced along with vastly improved Wii interaction

    Here we go: another E3, another Zelda. The latest in the Zelda canon is Skyward Sword, a MotionPlus compatible game that mimics the experience of holding a sword and a shield. Link’s on-screen actions mimic your actions completely including the motion of a shield in front of you. Basically this is a more precise version of the previous Zelda Wii interface. With so many people trying so… Read More

  • Nintendo press conference, E3 2010

    Hey, all. I’m here at Nintendo’s E3 event to give live impressions on what we expect to be the announcement of the 3DS, among other things. You don’t have to rely on me for the blow-by-blow, though; we’ve embedded UStream and 1UP’s live video of the event for your pleasure. Watch it here, watch it there, watch it anywhere, but watch CrunchGear, too: we’ll… Read More

  • Watch the Nintendo E3 press conference live

    Just like with Microsoft’s presser yesterday, nearly everyone with a video camera is streaming the today’s Nintendo event. That means you can watch live when the festivities start at 9am PDT. How exciting. Click through for the video feed. Read More

  • Casio shows off the Green Slim Projectors, for gamers

    Gamers listen up. You know that 40-inch LCD you’re proud to show your friends when playing FIFA 11, the one that cost $1100. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a much bigger screen for that same price? Have you forgotten about projectors? Read More

  • Up close with PS3 Move

    Our own little Peter Ha had a great hands-on with the PS3 Move at Sony’s HQ in California. Interestingly, Monsieur Ha believes “After seeing what Kinect is capable of, I’m 100% positive that Sony PlayStation Move has won this round.” Read More

  • Children of Eden: It's Rez all over again, but better

    Among the other, more mundane announcements at Ubisoft’s press conference, this one really caught my eye — and the eye of many others. It’s from the creator of Rez, and it shows. I think perhaps he felt it was time to revisit the concept, and to be honest I think Kinect is an absolutely perfect fit for this type of game. We may see more from Sony, as the game may also be for… Read More

  • BattleTag is… Lazer Tag, reborn

    I’m not sure what I just saw, but at Ubisoft’s press conference, a bunch of people were running around shooting lasers at each other. It’s… Lazer Tag, except it keeps track of your wins and losses. And you can reload, and make your shots different? It’s not clear. The man has an accent, and the concept is bafflingly… familiar. Read More

  • On the Xbox 360 Kinect experiment and the future of motion controls

    Microsoft has been busy over the last year. It was during E3 2009 that Microsoft blew everyone away with what was then dubbed Project Natal. It promised to bring full body motion control to the 360. We’re getting our first real look at the system at E3 today after last night’s theatrical reveal and, well, it’s keeping that promise. That’s not what’s surprising… Read More

  • Mad Catz rocks out with new Rock Band 3 accessories

    With the release of Rock Band 3, there’s the inevitable flood of third party peripherals (many better quality then the ones that come with the game). Mad Catz announced their latest line of products, including a wireless keyboard, a Fender Mustang Pro controller, and a MIDI adapter that’ll let a musician use their real keyboard to play the Rock Band 3 game. Read More

  • Kinect's launch lineup: something for everybody

    Microsoft has been touting its Kinect all morning, and it’s clearly being marketed as a family-oriented device. They demoed quite a few games, covering a lot of territory; gaming rags are already whispering that this is where much of the MS development muscle is going to be applied for the foreseeable future. Not everything is going to be a hit, but among the dozen or so launch… Read More