MS butt-pads

So I’ve been wanting to get up a pic of this for a while, this is my cat sitting on the MS butt-pad from their E3 press conference. I didn’t know what to do with it, so I put it on top of this video holder, as you can see. And well, my cats have decided that it’s comfortable.

E3 2007 highlights so far

So far out of the big three press conferences, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, Sony’s was easily the best. It had the best trailer, and had playable games afterwards. I was able to play Devil May Cry 4, Stranglehold, and God of War: Chains of Olympus. All look pretty good, though DMC is suffering from a twinge of not too much innovation.
Also, Stranglehold is nigh-impossible for me to aim in. I don’t know if it’s my lack of skill with console first-person shooters or a problem with the game, but trying to actually aim shots at people while you’re diving through the air? I’m sorry but you need 10 seconds to line up the cursor with someone using an analog stick, and you get 1-2 seconds to pull off one of the special shots you need to do in order to build up your special attack meter in that game. The game needs an auto-aim or get-close-and-the-game-locks-on-for-you aiming function.
I didn’t get to play Ratchet and Clank, Heavenly Sword, and Lair like I was hoping. I will try to see if I can catch them on the show floor.

E3 2007 begins

Just to share the info, I’m at E3 2007 this week. Didn’t originally think I’d be able to get into it this year, but things worked out and me and RPGamer are doing our best to scope out the RPGs and what not that E3 has to offer. Which honestly…isn’t all that much.
We’ve done some press conferences, been to a Bethesda party, and seen some Square Enix titles, but beyond that, the RPG opportunites are a bit slim this year….The whole conference is a bit slim this year. With actions like Microsoft not even having press kits and just putting stuff up for download on Xbox Live (which, they fail to realize, doesn’t help the press as their Xboxes are at home and they are here), it makes me wonder why they bothered to have this event at all. The small companies aren’t here, the companies that are here have little space and are so spread out that you can barely figure out who has what available to see, and the big companies still ignore the smaller media sites. So it’s like E3, but with less accessibility, instead of more.
Oh, and no one’s giving out any goodies this year. Apparently those goodies were meant for the general public which was scamming their way into the prior E3s, so now that they’re not here the swag isn’t needed? I don’t know, I just really don’t understand that one…
But no worries, G4TV has the largest show floor space here, so we can continue to worship the big media sites. Which, with the continuing traditions of media exclusives, closed door demonstrations, and VIP press kits, seems to be what this E3 is about. Nevermind the fact that those same people are the ones that have been getting flown out over the early summer months for private demonstrations of games and don’t really need even more private demonstrations at E3….