Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Gaming Industry is Silly

So, E3 happened recently. The supposed gaming mecca, where journalists get to see all the new amazing things that game companies will be bringing out over the next year and where retailers get to understand a little more about what they’re selling (and maybe even pick a few new things to sell). Consumers love to find out the news from the convention, partially because they’re obsessed with gaming and partially because the event is always full of nonsense.

What kind of nonsense?

How about Cirque du Soleil coming out with a giant animatronic elephant…

…in order to promote a device specifically made to make you look dumb in your living room?

Those are images of people playing some games on Microsoft’s new ‘Kinect’ camera, which makes you the controller. You can now be the tool used to play your games.

Tool is right.

Or what about Sony’s answer to the Kinect and the Wii, the new Playstation Move?

Yup. Multicolored wiimote lollypop. Works about the same, too.

Obviously, this means everyone is trying to copy Nintendo’s success by adding their own motion control systems. If Nintendo is the one being copied, though, how can they possibly be more ridiculous than the competition?

By being Nintendo, that’s how. A handheld system with 3d effects without 3d glasses, and company guys making silly faces.

It’s not just the first party companies who can make absurd nonsense happen, though.

Konami had Mexican wrestlers show up to promote a luchadore game:

Finally, EA unveiled a game with the most absurd one-liners that I’ve ever seen (it starts around 2:50 in):

I do not speak train.

E3. Total nonsense.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I don't speak Italian

I know I've been gone for a while. Very busy time lately.

However, I have something to show for it:

This was done in 48 hours by some of the most talented people in the entertainment industry, from writing to editing. I'm one of the actors. Enjoy.