The biggest game show of the year is finally here. With tons of new games, new gaming technologies and other gaming related goodies, E3 offers a great way to see what awaits us in the coming months, and in many cases even get a hands-on experience.
E3 is a rather popular event drawing together not only gamers but also industry insiders. This year's turnout seemed especially high as it was the 10th anniversary. Just as in the past events, the infamous "booth babes" draw large crowds, but so do gigantic screen playing clips from the latest console and PC games. So in the end, even though we don't know the exact number of attendees, this year E3 looked a lot more crowded.
This year we will not see any consoles, but we will see several new hand-held platforms, and tons upon tons of games. Sony brought their hand-held platform to the show. PSP, or PlayStation portable will compete with GameBoy Advance and Nintendo's new hand-held platform GameBoy DS. DS as you may or may now know stands for Dual Screen. This new version of GameBoy is larger than GBA SP, and features a second screen between the D-pad and the A-B buttons.
One of the memorable highlights of this year's show was Intellivision's and CGE's "History of Video Games" museum. Virtually every console ever released was on display and many of them playable. From Atari 2600, Vectrex, to Super Famicom, TurboGraphix 16, 3DO, Jaguar and many other "classic" consoles, they have really captured the evolution of the video game industry. It was fun seeing how people of different ages went about paying homage to their favorite games.
During our three day excursion into the jungles of E3 we managed to get our hands on some of the best of the upcoming titles. Although many of the games presented at the show are not finished, nevertheless they offer a good indication how well the game is developing and in which direction it is headed. Stay tuned for more hands-on previews!