MCP VS E3 2013
Microsoft Liveblog – EA Liveblog – UbiSoft Liveblog – Sony Liveblog – Nintendo Direct
Round One - Supplemental – Bonus: Into The Pixel Exhibition
Round Two - Supplemental – Bonus: Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (Interview: Jeron Moore)
Final Round – Supplemental – Bonus: Videogame History Museum
Well, it’s officially over. 4 days of eating, living, and breathing games. All the news that’s fit to print has been printed. And yet, my phone is full of all these extra pics and notes and stuff I obsessively kept track of, so, as a final farewell to the big show, I’ll be unloading the excess randomity on you now.
Conference Attendance: 48,200 (according to the ESA)
Number of Women On Stage During Microsoft Conference: 2
Number of Women On Stage During Sony Conference: 1
Number of Women Shown During Conferences in New Games As Main, Playable Characters: 4–Mirror’s Edge 2, Beyond: Two Souls, Bayonetta 2. It’s also not confirmed, but I’m gonna go ahead and assume Morrigan is actually playable in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Number of Female Gamers/Press Seen: Approximately 30-40%. Yes, I’ll gladly go to bat on the percentage being that high. And yes, they were playing the same violent shit as their male counterparts. Hit the next person who tells you women don’t play in the softest part of the head.
Number of Booth Babes Seen: 6. Two at Tecmo-Koei’s booth, two at the Sims 3 QR hunt at the conference entrance. 2 at the Nyko accessories booth. Some MMO company called Snail Games supposedly had a bunch of girls dressed in various costumes, but I never actually found the booth, so, I’m giving them a pass. I flipped a coin on whether to count the Bayonetta cosplayer Nintendo had. The coin votes no. There were, however, hundreds of women at the booths working for various companies, usually in t-shirts and jeans, helping folks learn more about the games, and more than willing to play co-op if you need a second or third. You know, almost like it was a convention for professionals or something.
Number of Girls Cosplaying Lara Croft: 7
Number Cosplaying Reboot Lara: 0
Number of New, Showcased, AAA Game Male Protagonists Without A: Grizzle, B: Brown Hair: 0. Closest we got was Geralt of Rivia’s silver hair, but his alternate name in parts of the world is Grizzly of Grizzlia.
Best Music Moment That I Can’t Tell If It Was Intentional Or Not: George Michael’s Faith being used as walking out music from the EA Conference, after the Mirror’s Edge 2 trailer happened.
Most Inexplicably Busy Booth: World Of Tanks. There were a couple hundred people watching that presentation every hour of every day of the conference. Watch Dogs didn’t even have that crowd. Madness.
Number of Celebrities Seen: 4. Gonna be generous and count Drake and Aaron Paul showing up at EA’s conference. I actually met, talked to, got a giant hug and a picture with Machinima’s Misti Dawn. Orlando Jones was one of the folks in my Saint’s Row IV appointment, but didn’t talk to him. Dude’s way funnier off the cuff than he’s been in anything I’ve seen him in. Not exactly celebrity, but most fascinating encounter was bumping into Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo at the Konami booth, watching the Metal Gear Solid V trailer. You could melt a Nazi with the look of disdain on that man’s face.
Swag Obtained: Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo lanyards, Castle of Illusion lanyard, plus pin for actually beating the demo, Arkham Origins Batarang keychain, Dying Light shirt, Destiny shirt
Number of Times Personally Witnessed Journalists Asking Booth Attendants For Swag Who Didn’t Stay To Play The Game: 8. And yes, I checked the badges. They were press.
Number of Reported/Obtained Swag Shirts Available In Sizes Over XL: 0
Number of Sports Journalists Spotted Who Hate Their Jobs: 26. I don’t know if this is a thing or not, but EA’s conference, the media room at the convention center, and the show floor itself was RIFE with sports folks stuck trying to get info about new Madden, NBA Live, and UFC, got their tidbit, then spent the remainder of the week whining like babies to other press or into cellphones about being forced to congregate with the rest of the nerds. Welcome to our other 51 weeks of the year, motherfuckers.
Other Black Gaming Press Members Personally Seen: 31
Number Female: 10. SEE? My math is sound!
Number of Drunk Girl-Style Whoops From Call Of Duty Ghosts Booth: 14. Each more obnoxious than the last.
Fedoras Seen: More than zero :/
Winner of E3: Inconclusive. Much as its tempting to want to say Sony won, or be all iconoclastic and shit, and say Nintendo won just for not having any issues whatsoever, fact is, no one escapes criticism or question marks this year, and the fact that third party DRM is a bit of a mystery even keeps Sony from walking away with all this. So, wait, worry, and stare in awe as the new games happen. The one certainty, however?
Loser of E3: Microsoft.
And now, the pics that didn’t make their way into any of the articles: