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Game Sites Finish Up Post-E3 Awards 35

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An anonymous reader writes "Most of the major game sites have put up 'Best of E3' sections, including those from Gamespot, from IGN, from GameSpy, and from 1UP . Everyone gave a different Best of Show this year, and agreed that the competition was fierce. I was happy to see mention of Yoot Saito's Odama and Namco's Katamari Damashii. Notable absences, in my opinion, included Tim Schafer's chronically late Psychonauts for Xbox. What games caught your eye? Who was the big winner this year?" T adds: Danno writes "The gang over here at GameGal.com have just put up our 2004 edition of the E3 Hall of Shame. Each year we chronicle the best of the worst in booth babes and half-naked female video game characters. We're not really offended by most of this, but it is amusing to see the lengths companies will go to catch the attention of jaded E3 attendees."
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Game Sites Finish Up Post-E3 Awards

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  • by superultra (670002) on Monday May 24, 2004 @09:11AM (#9236887) Homepage
    International House of Mojo reports [mixnmojo.com] that without a publisher, Psychonauts creator Tim Schaffer had to show the game out of his hotel room. Although that sounds weird, my bet is that it was a very funny hotel room, maybe as funny as some of those Korean booths at E3 in the warehouse near the restrooms.


    From the Mojo:

    Wonder why there is no Psychonauts news from any other media sites? Our own Doug Tabacco on the show floor explains:

    That's because Psychonauts isn't being shown on the floor. With no publisher to host them and no time or space left to secure a booth of their own, Tim is reduced to showing it out of a hotel suite. We called him and tried to set up a meeting, but he said he's totally booked up. We take that to be a good thing, since it means lots of people (hopefully some of them publishers) are seeing the game.

    Thre you have it folks... You heard it here first! Exclusive E3 News coverage. Come on you know Mojo still loves you. It does.
  • by real_smiff (611054) on Monday May 24, 2004 @09:14AM (#9236905)
    Exposing the ridiculousness with good humour works much better than some feminist ranting. I'm a guy and find that funny.
    ".....let's just have the girls dance around on stage for a while.." [gamegal.com]
    Exactly.. this is the kind of thing that would make me feel a plonker for going to this show.. it's not the girls that are sad, they're probably being well paid and have nothing to fear, it's the guys standing around photographing them (i realise some of those are for magazines, that's a whole other rant)... i mean come on, whack off/have sex *before* you go to E3 and maybe next year the companies can concentrate on the games... we can have an agreement sort of thing. never mind what the gamer girls think, it just makes more sense aiight guys ;)
  • For shame! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Otter (3800) on Monday May 24, 2004 @09:44AM (#9237153) Journal
    The gang over here at GameGal.com have just put up our 2004 edition of the E3 Hall of Shame. Each year we chronicle the best of the worst in booth babes and half-naked female video game characters.

    I applaud GameGal's bringing this horror to attention -- but only six pictures? Surely there must be more cases of exploitation about which we must be informed!

    • I was really looking forward to the hall of shame. But honestly the hall of shame was quite disappointing. I go to lots of tradeshows on topics far less geeky than gaming. I sincerely believe I could put together a better hall of shame from many of those.
  • by tc (93768)
    FYI, I suspect the chronically late Psychonauts was missing because is it also the cancelled Psychonauts.
  • I would think they would have a big problem with the panty brigade [ign.com]. I am surprised that it was not on their Hall of Shame. Are they OK with it or just didn't see it.
  • by perrinkog (536087) on Monday May 24, 2004 @11:21AM (#9238062) Homepage Journal
    Please forgive the side of me that is about to emerge.

    Their category of "Best Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game"

    Winner: EverQuest II

    Finalists:
    Auto Assault (PC)
    Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed (PC)
    The Matrix Online (PC)
    Tabula Rasa (PC)

    Anyone else notice a VERY conspicuous abscense fro m this list?

    World of Warcraft anyone?

    Ok, got that out of my system. :)
    • Easy. They only nominated games that caught their attention at E3 this year. It has no bearing on the actual game, just "hey, these games really brought some hype this time!"

      I've heard comments from some of the insiders at Gamespot and they've got people in WOW beta, constantly addicted, game of the year type addicted.

      Its just you cant justify "Best of E3" when it was the same thing as last year.
      • I'll assist in shooting myself down (I wrote the grandparent) with a quote from the article:
        "...we admit that E3 is about appearances, games that were shown at E3 last year were--by and large--less impressive to us the second time around, unless of course they've made significant strides since then. That is to say, at E3, we naturally favor never-before-seen games."

        That said, yet another quote would seem to indicate that World of Warcraft should have been mentioned:
        "...the games we've listed as winners and
  • http://www.actiontrip.com/features/e32004babes.pht ml
    http://photo.thetechzone.com/showgallery.php?cat=5 30&password=
    http://e32004.gamemarshal.com/album.php?album=Boot h%20Babes%20-%20Part%201

    Apologies to GameGal :-p
  • They also have appaling grasp of the English language. I can understand Taito having "Train Shimulation" at TGS because, well, they're Japanese, but why do we English speakers have to endure such obvious wrongs as "Who is hair ... [gamegal.com]" when it's "whose hair"?

    Surely they have the 5$ or so to pay someone to vet their signs.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Oh man, you've gone spelling/grammar nazi on us. IHBT.

      gender-biased

      appalling

      "whose hair?"

      $5

      Okay now, own up to it. You're trying to come off as a booth babe, aren't you? :)
    • gender-bias(ed)? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Creepy (93888)
      Hey - those bimbo... er, models, probably did all their own signs. If they're anything like my cousin, she can cheer, she can draw and design (she's also adept at spurting out kids, signing divorce papers, and collecting alimony and child support from four different fathers, not to mention is a grandmother at 32), but grammar and spelling - ha!

      As for booth babes, is E3 mostly male? I suspect yes, so from a marketing standpoint, hiring attractive women to push your product seems like a good idea. The mor
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I haven't seen nearly any coverage on Psi-Ops [psiopsgame.com] on any of these E3 reports... I think this is criminal! If you're lucky enough to have a demo of this game (I got it in June's OPM... think it's in OXM also), it's crazy-fun! Nice graphics, physics that rival HL2 (seriously!), and just the most fun I've had with a demo in ages.

    Did nobody at E3 see this game? Am I the only one that thinks it's cool? Somewhat rhetorical- a quick scan of the GameFAQs message [gamefaqs.com] boards [gamefaqs.com] shows there are actually a lot of people tha
    • by CheeseMonkey (677515) on Monday May 24, 2004 @05:43PM (#9242060)
      Hell yeah! I'm a programmer on the Psi-Ops team, and I have been a bit bummed about the lack of coverage- particularly since everyone, press or otherwise, who saw the game at E3 seemed blown away! :/

      <Plug>Well, like he said, get the demo and try for yourself :D</Plug>
      • Funny, I felt bombarded by Psi-Ops material on Gamespot recently.

        I completely lost all interest in the game because of the ads and brown-nosed reporting on the game because of them. Seriously, who expects game sites to do major stories on Midway games anymore?
        • We've had to fight like hell (and spend a lot of money) to get that coverage- it's nearly impossible to put out new IP these days without getting drowned in "killer sequels".

          And the game has earned the praise it's gotten, thank you very much.
  • "This was a particularly strong year for RPG's at E3", says Gamespot.

    Ok. I am not going to be restrained about this at all.

    This is clueless reporting and this *idiot* does not have a CLUE as to what he is talking about.

    This was the worse year for RPG's in about 7 or 8 years at E3. The PC side has all but abandoned stand alone CRPG titles chasing the MMORPG prize, with a glutted market and a significant crash in 2005/6 expected. It's a friggin disaster waiting to happen.

    The fact that someone could posit

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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