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I'm going to hand out some awards that are based solely on my opinion from what I have seen over the show. Some of them will be serious, some not so much, so without further ado, I shall begin.
I have to give Ubisoft the award for best press kit. No, it wasn't some amazing game or flash drive. Instead, it was a just a plain old business card with information on where to download it from. Well, why does it win? Because it is hilarious. Take a look for yourself:
Crysis 3 undoubtedly wins best game of E3 Day 1. Even in pre-alpha stage, the game has a polished look that we have come to love from Crytek. I was not allowed any pictures or videos of the game, but did post my hands-on thoughts already. I may be partial to the Crysis series, but if you had played the demo, I'm sure you would agree with me.
Activision has won the my award for most annoying booth. Don't get me wrong, the booth was awesome, but they had the music up just a wee bit too much out front. The Activision booth had a massive display across its entirety which had to be worth a few million. Underneath, they had alcoves in which visitors could walk into to view and demo games.
These are just a few awards for day one and a way for you to gain some insight into the trade show world. I'll be back tomorrow with another awards post that
I got a chance to play Trion and Crytek's new game Warface. Warface is a new, online, free FPS that uses CryEngine3. The pitch from the creators is that Warface is all about bringing down barriers to Crytek games. The cost, often a major barrier, has been dropped to $0 which will allow almost anyone to play.
Additionally, the controls are intuitive and easy to use and the graphics, stunning. The game has already launched in Russia and China to wide acclaim. Crytek has already seen 50,000 simultaneous users and have over 1.5 million registered. The game, currently in closed beta, should be coming to the United States soon.
The game is said to run on hardware as old as the 8600GT which means another barrier has been removed. Most everyone in the world has a graphics card that is as capable as the 8600GT was, so it shouldn't require upgrades like Crysis 3 will. It also has a nice system of introducing players to the game so they aren't losing right off the bat. This prevents users from raging and not coming back to the game.
The game features two modes: a co-op PvE and a free-for-all PvP. In PvE, teams compete against AI and work together to a common goal. This feature allows users to get used to the game before going into the more hardcore PvP. In PvP, players play against each other and this is where seasoned vets can show their ability.
Check out TweakTown's Facebook page for a trailer.
Words will not do the new Crysis 3 game justice, but they will have to suffice as I was unable to take pictures or video of the demo that I was able to play. As previously reported, the game returns to the jungle by turning New York City into a jungle. The graphics, as we have come to expect from Crysis games, are stunning.
Electronic Arts demoed what they were calling "pre-alpha code" but you couldn't tell that by looking at it, save for the message telling you such. Game play was absolutely fabulous except that I was used to Call of Duty. Once I returned to the PC-style gaming, the controls became intuitive and easy-to-use.
I did manage to break the game, however, and I was the first person at E3 to do so. I'm a bit proud of that achievement because it means I played the game in a different way then everybody else. That's the beauty of this upcoming Crysis: the world is incredibly open and the route to objectives is not nearly as defined as in other first-person shooters.
For those of you who enjoyed the original Crysis for the jungle scenery, the new jungle scenery present in New York City is sure to not disappoint. If you preferred the city landscape of Crysis 2, you will not be disappointed as their is still city landscape present in the new Crysis 3. The launch date for Crysis 3 is set to be sometime in February 2013.
It looks like it's going to be a good year for gaming fans! As I walked into the entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center, I saw games being advertised everywhere. I'm not talking a small poster here or there; I'm talking massive banners draped from the the ceilings and clung to every surface.
There's some big money being spent here and some big name titles coming out. The show doesn't start for another 3 hours, but I've already managed to catch glimpses of Nintendo's booth babes who just happen to be wearing WiiU shirts. You can be sure of where I am heading first when the doors open!
Make sure that you are following TweakTown on Facebook, as I will likely be putting up pictures on there from the show floor and only writing these during down time. That's enough for now, time for me to go hunt down some exclusives!
Like overclocking? Are you going to be at Computex Taipei 2012? If so, let me recommend that you head on over to GSkill's booth where 8 professional overclockers will be waiting. There will be several professional overclockers from various manufacturers at the booth doing 4 days on non-stop overclocking on 4 different motherboard manufacturers every day.
If you are going to be in Taipei for Computex, this really cool event will be going on in GSkill's booth which is located at .Computex Taipei 2012, Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth I0118. It's going to be awesome to watch these professionals overclock everything in sight. You might even pick up an overclocking trick or two.
With under two weeks to the start of E3 in Los Angeles, it's time to see just what you, the reader, want covered the most. A little bit of background on the Electronic Entertainment Expo straight from the horse's mouth: "E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products."
What upcoming products have you heard about that you would like to know more about? Are you interested in games themselves or the hardware that runs the games? Want videos of the games running? Have specific questions for different game studios or manufacturers? E-mail me your requests or post them in the comments.
You have to hurry as the show starts June 5!
Patiently waiting for tickets to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC)? Well, sorry, they're sold out. The quick sellout happened in the span of an insane two hours, and it still sold out after Apple had imposed new restrictions this year limiting sales to registered iOS and Mac developers.
Apple also limited the amount of passes available per developer group, but that didn't stop the tickets from selling out. Has WWDC sold out this quick before? Nope. In 2010 it took eight days, and in under 12 hours last year. 2 hours, however, is insanely quick.
WWDC is being held between June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. We should expect some exciting news from this conference.
Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?
Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.
So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.
For our final piece from the Taipei Game Show we leave you with our video of the lovely Taiwanese booth babes from the show.
We managed to squeeze a bit of gaming in, but are you even going to pay attention to it?
Enjoy! There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery if you go to the full version of this story.
This was the last year for a Microsoft keynote and booth at CES, but while they're winding down CES operations, they're building up its investment in the biggest European technology show: CeBit. Microsoft is reportedly planning an even bigger presence than last year at CeBit, which is held in Hannover, Germany.
Microsoft VP, Achim Berg, spoke at a CeBit even in Las Vegas, where he said that the event provides a good place to reach key customers. At CeBit, Berg said that Microsoft is able to meet with 10,000 chief information officer-types in just a few days, where they can get quite a lot of business done.
On top of this, they don't waste valuable time in cabs like they do in Vegas. Berg said at the event "There is no need to wait for taxis, this is a well-organised German fair."
CeBit has had its downfalls though, a few years ago they lost some big boys like Nokia and HP, but with a continued Microsoft push, this may change the look of CeBit.