Tech, Toys, Video Games

E3: Guess What? I Have More Pics

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Regular_Stormy

Yesterday’s highlight was a surprise free concert by Snoop Dogg to promote the cartoon snail movie Turbo. I think the female DJ from Power 106 who kept trying to urge the crowd to “make some noise!” was more used to hardcore hip-hop fans than exhausted, half-drunk gaming journalists sweating in the direct sunlight, but once Snoop hit the stage, he brought the energy level up, big-time, which you wouldn’t necessarily have expected from a guy famous for smoking weed and a laid-back delivery. He was brief, but brought his A-game for sure. And there were free tacos.


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Snoop was introduced by his costars in the movie, Michael Pena and Michelle Rodriguez.


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I got to play the new Pac-Man game, which is hardly a ground-breaker but gave me warm fuzzies anyway, despite being more Spyro-style than classic Pac. The yellow guy’s big fight move is a shoulder tackle rather than a big bite; if you collide with a ghost while doing it, they die, but if you collide with them any other time – or they vomit slime on you – you take damage. In a nice throwback, the sound effect when you die is the same as in the original game, and the entire screen becomes a decreasing circle like P.M. himself used to.

If you do a sequel, Namco, can you please call it 2Pac?

Or maybe…2Pac, 2 Furious.


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Here’s a full-sized space capsule for some reason.


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And a lone costume from Pacific Rim. No signs of a tie-in game, though, which is too bad – seems a natural.


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Jet Li has a game, though.


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And every year I’ve been to E3 (this is my third) there is ALWAYS a tank. Always.


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Here’s a gallery show of game-inspired art.


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Some years ago for LA CityBeat, I wrote a piece examining whether or not you could burn significant calories playing video games. Responses from actual trainers ranged from, “Well, it’s slightly better than nothing,” to “Hell fucking no.” It’s a new era, folks, and I for one think this is a great idea. It’d be even better if your cycling actually powere dthe TV, but baby steps.


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Do you prefer your DC heroes to look mean…


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…or cute?


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Speaking of cute, the Duck Tales game had a soundproof karaoke booth where people could sing the theme and share it on social media.


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Here’s a guy I haven’t seen in a while. I kicked and punched him, but all in my mind.


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I also got to meet up with reader Regular_Stormy, who was kind enough to share this photo of the best hair in show.


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One more day!


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