E3 Day 1: Nintendo, Funcom, SoE
Wow! The first day of E3 is over. This was a huge day for us that started out at 6am. We knew that Nintendo would be sending shuttles to the various hotels but we had no idea when they would be coming. We decided to go down to the lobby just to check and see if the shuttless were there and perhaps grab a bite to eat. Turns out that when we got down to the lobby that the final shuttles leaving for the event were almost full and ready to pull out. Missing breakfast sucked but we were able to get our spiffy paper Nintendo wristbands and make it to the Kodak Theater.
When we got to the Kodak we entered the lobby area where Nintendo has graciously provided sodas, water, and all the hot coffee people could drink… well not really. The coffee was gone in three minutes and they kept rushing to refill the dispensers. See? That’s what you get for having conferences this early on the morning. 😛
The conference overall left us with some mixed feelings. Several games were announced like Animal Crossing City Folk, a new Pokemon game, GTA Chinta Town (DS), Wii Music, Wii Sports Resort, and more Guitar Hero games than I care to count. We’re going to record a podcast tonight with our detailed thoughts so look for that if you’re interested.
After the Nintendo event we shuttled back to the conference center and had an interview with Funcom. Yes, you read that right. Funcom. I’m not a fan of Age of Conan but meeting the Eidos/Funcom guys was extremely interesting and truly an enjoyable experience. I’ll be writing a piece for the Vault that should be released very soon. If you’re an Age of Conan fan you’ll like it. They offered us free food and free drinks so I can’t really say much bad about them. 😉
After the Funcom interview we had lunch compliments of the nice folks at E3. Pretty darn good selection of food but the drink selection was lacking with only Lemonade and Iced Tea. After lunch we went down to the expo showcase pavillion thingy and looked at all the games being promoted. It was actually rather lackluster. The room was tiny and the selection of games was definitely far from complete. Warhammer Online was not being showcased at all yet SOE had Star Wars Galaxies up…. wtf? (SOE had their games out in force).
The work day ended with a jaunt over to the SOE room where we had guided demonstrations of The Agency and Free Realms. They had DC Universe on display but Gamespot was hogging the room with their TV cameras. All they had to show was the trailers that were available online anyway. SoE was also showing SWG, EQ2(new expansion, blah blah), and their Legends of Norrath Card Game. Oh, and interestingly we saw John Smedley chillin in the room wearing full business attire. He stood out like a sore thumb but definitely brought a pressence of power. Watching the SoE employees squirm while their boss watched them demo the games was entertaining. 😉
Alright, that’s our first day at E3. We’ll be giving you guys lots of details on the games either tonight or tomorrow here on our blog and in our pieces for the Vault.