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Sunday, Jul 30, 2006 System Administrator Appreciation Day

E3 Rumors Fly

ESA to downsize E3? on GameSpot (thanks Frans) quotes "informed industry sources" (IIS) in reporting that the ESA is planning drastic changes to the structure and scope of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to their IIS, the annual show will move from the LA Convention Center to a smaller venue, and will serve a smaller group of attendees in a series of meeting room conferences, rather than the open floor event it has been. GameSpot notes that one of their IIS thinks the changes will result in a more productive environment, which is hard to disagree with, though I always enjoyed the chaos of the show floor. They also point out that there is a financial motivation to cutting down on the showy part of the show, which has indeed always been strikingly extravagant, but they also speculate it may force smaller companies to seek alternate promotional opportunities. They say an official announcement about this will come tomorrow. In a more drastic take on the rumors, Next Generation has busted out the caps lock in declaring "EXCLUSIVE: E3 FINISHED" (thanks StrategyCore) saying any coming announcement of a smaller event is damage control, but that the real story here is that E3 is ostensibly dead. They say an official announcement is likely over the next 48 hours.

Site Seeing

This must be K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies Weekend, because a Reservoir Dogs Product Section is live, as well as a new Flash Reservoir Dogs Website as a pair of homes to the upcoming game based on the classic crime drama (thanks Frans). Included in the festivities is the first movie from the project.

Sunday Q&As

  • Maelstrom
    The Maelstrom Q&A on JustPressPlay talks with designer Carl Johnson about Maelstrom, Codemaster's upcoming RTS game: "The Remnants are survivors of the Maelstrom that have come to be led by a former Navy SEAL James Buchanan. They’re a real rag-tag group of normal people who’ve scavenged and scraped together an army to fight the oppressive Ascension. The best way to describe their force is imagine the military vehicles of today, then add on 50 years of rust and wear – that is the Remnants. They are a fighting force that mainly utilizes guerilla tactics."
  • Officers
    The Officers Q&A on 39-45stratégie is the English version of a conversation with Nikolay Demchenko that's also available in French, discussing Game Factory Interactive's upcoming world War II RTS game: "Initially, it was a long work collecting materials regarding Allied campaign. When came up with a pile of works on the subject, we picked several locations that are connected in terms of allied troops movement and adopted them for game purposes. So, it is legitimate to say the game missions are based on events and locations that are not invented. Of course, we didn’t even try to create locations that would be absolutely identical to their real-life counterparts. We simply took main landscape features, selected key settlements and made up the rest."

Sunday Previews

Game Guidance

A new Distant Guns FAQ (thanks Frans) is online for Storm Eagle Studios' new release.

Sunday Game Reviews

Sunday Hardware Reviews


Out of the Blue

We had lots of fun catching up with the family yesterday. The surprising number of birthday gifts and such that we had to distribute in addition to presents for the birthday girl, however, were a shocking indicator of how long it had been since some of us had gotten together, so we will have to make sure that this doesn't become a trend.

Trendy Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Play: Phosphor. New and improved.
Storm the House 2. Ditto.
Link: Hellboy Animated. Thanks Dashcan.
Stories: Police nab smurfs for trampoline theft. Thanks Nemo.
Owen Wilson Says 'Dupree' Is No Rip-Off.
Science!: Eye Transmits to Brain at Ethernet Speed.
Media: Half-Life 2 Garrys Mod Huge Walking Fortress.
Follow-up: Mel Gibson apologises for drunk driving.
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