2005 E3 Preview

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posted 5/12/2005 by The GN Staff
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With E3 a little under a week away we asked all of the GN staffers who are heading to the show this year to compile a list of what they are looking forward to checking out at E3 this year. Without further ado here are the lists of what we are looking forward to at this year’s show.

Ben Berry – Staff Writer/E3 Virgin
In preparation for my trip to Los Angeles, my editor asked me to compile a list of things I really wanted to see at my first E3. He then said “and don’t say booth babes”. I, of course, immediately responded “the booth babes”; because this is the relationship I have with my editor. He then told me to mention that this is my first E3, which I now have (twice). So, having the editorial requirements out of the way, I sat down to my notebook and did my best not to think about the parties, the free food and drinks, and most importantly, the booth babes. What follows is the list of things I hope to see at E3, and hopefully as I wrote it, I sounded less like a giddy schoolgirl than I do now.

1. The scoop on Star Wars: Battlefront II. In this, the year of Darth Vader, Star Wars games are all the rage. Hopefully, the sequel to the best-selling Star Wars game ever won’t disappoint. New locations, improved single-player gaming, and Jedi powers look to make this one of the big games of Fall 2005.

2. A reason to game on my cell phone. So far, gaming on the run of the mill cellular phone has been mostly boring and hard to control. The industry is still without a title that really makes it something you want to do, as opposed to something you do while you wait. Hopefully, something I see at E3 will change all that.

3. New controllers. With all the new hardware coming out from consoles to major updates in PC video cards, it’s time that controllers evolve. I’ve been gaming for 20+ years, and I’m still waiting to see something that lets you game for 12 hours and not have sore hands when you’re done.

4. Major changes in the MMORPG world. With the release of World of Warcraft, and the various updates to Star Wars: Galaxies, this genre has continued to evolve and improve. Now it’s time for someone to take that next major step, blending FPS, RPG and Strategy in a way that makes MMORPG more than a haven for the hardcode gamer.

5. Finally I want to see the next-gen title that proves the new consoles are more than a way for the “Big 3” to make more money. I want to see a title, whether new or from an existing franchise, that makes me say “There is simply no way I could ever do that with my X-Box.”
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