Nevertheless, since the launch of the 3DS this March--just a few short months ago--the system's been luffing in a dying breeze. While the 3DS' capabilities show promise, the actual games, price, and battery life (or lack thereof) have soured the equation. Add to that the fact that the 3DS still doesn't have its Web browser, online e-shop, or last year's promised Netflix streaming … Read more
The big three video game console manufacturers love to use E3 as a forum to brag, tease, and whet the appetites of gamers worldwide.
An entire year later, where do all of the promises, announcements, and hype from 2010's show stand? We've hand-picked each conference's spotlight moments and detailed the progress in a slideshow.
Even though it's supposedly an industry-only trade show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is an event of epic proportions for video game aficionados, as evidenced by the legions of fans who follow the show's daily announcements online, through blogs, news outlets, and (a more recent development) video feeds.
But despite its decade-plus place in the public consciousness (I've been attending since 1999), the E3 show has been to the brink of extinction more than once, and while it has pulled off a remarkable recovery over the past couple of years, there's still a chance history may repeat itself.Related links Rockstar Games debuts 'Pass' with L.A. Noire DLC Nintendo DS Lite drops to $99 E3 2011: Complete coverage
In brief, what happened was the trade show equivalent of a boom and bust cycle. Throughout the 2000s, game companies competed to outdo each other, with excessive budgets and outlandish displays, creating literal mini cities inside the Los Angeles Convention Center that easily trumped anything seen at the larger Consumer Electronics Show, which takes place in Las Vegas every January.
The trend peaked in 2006, after which the participants collectively realized that entirely too much money was being spent on the show, which had long since stopped being a place for retail buyers to make deals with publishers, and had become essentially a weeklong press conference. Simply put, the week's worth of media hits was judged to be simply not worth the investment.
At the time, the Entertainment Software Association, a trade organization that runs the event, agreed to retrench, scaling down the 2007 version into what then-Entertainment Software Association President Douglas Lowenstein called a "more personal, efficient, and focused" show. E3 went from 60,000 attendees the previous year to about 4,000, and from 400 exhibiting companies to fewer than 40. E3 2008 was a similarly small affair, returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center, but keeping the small, low-cost format.… Read more
On today's episode of preGame we'll be previewing the biggest gaming event of the year, E3! Join us along with special guest Scott Stein as we dive deep into E3 2011 predictions, anticipated games, and more previews than you can handle; from the Wii 2 to the NGP, and everything in between.
We'll also have an in-depth conversation about today's announcement from Activision regarding Call of Duty Elite. This brand-new premium service will enhance the online multiplayer experience by leaps and bounds. But is it worth a premium price?
All this and much more on this … Read more
Our new feature "Crave in Comments" highlights just a few of the many intelligent, provocative, and funny comments readers share about Crave stories daily. Every Friday, we'll showcase a handful of comments that caught our eye during the week. We encourage you to join the discussion and share your own opinions, quips, and creative suggestions. The more voices, the merrier the Crave chorus!
Regarding New Sony Vaio F, S series laptops go upscale:"I think the VAIO S series is the best laptop I have seen. It is thin, really portable at around 3 pounds, and so fast. I probably will buy one next year once 22nm CPU comes out. It already has 7-8 hours of battery life so that less power hungry CPU should increase it. Plus, for all of those of you that don't know, you can add a sheet (flat) battery to it and it will get 15 hours." --by phamhlam rreally_bored
It started life as an April Fool's prank on ThinkGeek.com, but overwhelming consumer interest prodded the company to bring the iCade to life (much like the Tauntaun sleeping bag, another ThinkGeek mockup that became a real product). For the uninitiated, the iCade is a pint-size arcade cabinet/stand for Apple's iPad. Slide an iPad in, and it acts as a wireless Bluetooth controller for the Atari iPad app, which offers 100 classic arcade and home console games for $15 (or individual game packs for 99 cents).
Our iCade just arrived this morning, so we quickly assembled it … Read more
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It's been my personal experience that that nerds love their room in the basement, which tends to be kinda dark even during daytime, where they have fast Internet access and lots of gadgets. And I have to admit that it's nice down there here, where you I can do all kinds of fun things, such as playing games, programing, playing more games, or just quietly enjoying the sound of crunchy Cheetos while pondering over the prospect of some romantic date...without being bothered.
But it's not true anymore that you can only have fast Internet at home.… Read more
Last week, I conducted an informal poll on a CNET article I wrote called "Chromebook, Netbook, iPad: which would you rather spend $500 on?" In it, I outlined equivalent price options in the world of Android tablets, Chromebooks, small laptops, and iPads. In the poll, I opened the options further, asking what readers would spend $500 on. The options: a Netbook, an iPad, a Chromebook, an Android tablet, a smartphone, or a cheap laptop.
Even I, a serious iPad user, was surprised at the results. See below, current as of today.
Percent Votes iPad 50 percent 4980 Android … Read more
Tune in to today's episode of preGame for an extended demo of the 1940s thrilling crime drama L.A. Noire. We'll play nearly an entire case to give you an idea of what all three types of gameplay include, and how to make your way through investigations, interrogations, and more.
Need more coverage of Rockstar Games' blockbuster? Make sure to read our review on Crave.
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