Level Up My E3 Awards Michele Morrow

New York, London, Milan and Paris:  eat your hearts out.  Video Games are art!  And Los Angeles just dished up the latest, greatest gaming and related technology that the planet has to offer.

When finding the right game for your style, you can always refer back to my very first article on HelloGiggles :)

I want to congratulate all of the most fashionable games in advance.  Without further ado, here are my awards:

BEST DRESSED:  Halo 4 

A great game has got to make a grand entrance!  The dressing at E3 for Halo 4 was the most prominent advertising by far.  While leaning in for a kiss from Master Chief himself, I could almost see the face behind this franchise hero.  He did tell me, though… this Halo would be focused less on the traditional first-person shooter and rely more on mystery, exploration and discovery!  The man put shivers down my spine.  I like this.  I like this a lot.

To find out some more history on Halo – check out my article Gamers Vs. Violence.  For those of you already in the know, Halo 4 will will reveal how humanity has adapted to the galaxy after the end of their war with the Covenant.

 

MOST SOCIALLY ADVANCED:  Outernauts, Scrabble, The ActSolitaire Blitz and Pixwoo

Outernauts by Insomniac, the creators of well known games such as Ratchet & Clank and Spyro the Dragon, have sold over 35 million games for Playstation consoles.  I got to demo the beta of their new game Outernauts, which will soon be available on Facebook.  If you’re a Social Gamer I highly suggest you go kick it with these guys.

The premise is: Tame the Galaxy!  You’re in space, with tons of planets – you can train exotic alien beasts for battle… all while playing with or against your friends.  I left the booth wanting to play more!

Scrabble has gotten a sweet new interface – and is far better than Words With Friends in my humble opinion *cough*.  The new and improved Scrabble will be available on Facebook, phones and tablets.
My favorite feature:  The chat is written in Scrabble tiles!  It’s really well designed.  They even have a two letter word dictionary available.
The Act is by React Entertainment.  Quite literally, you slide your finger/mouse on the screen and it feels like you’re inside a cartoon.  It’s a brilliant new way to look at interactive gaming — your movements on screen change your relationships and course of the game.

The ain’t your grandma’s Solitaire… or is it?  And will she kick your ass?  PopCap just announced the kickoff of an online pledge drive that aims to generate thousands of dollars for the leading water non-profit organization, charity: water. The pledge drive will culminate in a live, transatlantic Guinness World Records attempt for Longest Videogames Marathon Playing a Card Game.  

Kathleen Henkel -a 68 year old grandmother from New Jersey – and Laura Rich were handpicked from the millions who play the game regularly.  In a throw down Solitaire Showdown, these two women will travel to New York and London respectively to attempt to play the game for 30 consecutive hours on June 26 and 27, 2012.  The two marathon participants will also raise a minimum of $10,000 for charity: water if they both play for the allotted duration. 100% of the proceeds will directly fund charity: water projects in developing countries.

PopCap has devised a custom pledge mechanism whereby interested fans can support charity: water by making an online contribution based on the number of consecutive hours of Solitaire Blitz one or both players achieve. With increments as small as ten cents per hour played, contributions as modest as $3.00 can be made by visiting the Solitaire Blitz page on Facebook and clicking on the “Pledge” tab.

 

Pixwoo is a social media platform – think of it like a Facebook for the Gaming Industry.  I had a great interview with Pascal Vielhescaze, CEO and founder.  Pixwoo hopes to bring gamers and developers together on a social networking platform specifically geared towards the core gaming audience.

 

MOST CONFUSING:  Lollipop Chainsaw 

When I first saw previews of Lollipop Chainsaw - I was excited.  A PLAYABLE female protagonist who kills Zombies after an invasion took over her high school.  She uses a chainsaw that hacks through evil with rainbows and sparkles!  It sounds hilarious, right?   Yea… okay, she’s a little on the sexy side.  But I don’t have a problem with sexy… I do however, have a problem with sleazy.

While demoing the game at E3, I was really impressed with Lollipop Chainsaw’s design, interface and play style.  What confused me was the NSFW dialogue in the game (this is just an example).  Now, I realize that some of this is supposed to be laughed off.   But upon speaking to one of Lollipop Chainsaw’s developers at E3, he said the question he gets asked most is, “Why did you make a video game for girls?”

The comment was confusing to me on two levels:

At first, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  What do you mean… make. a. video. game. for. girls?  … ?

And then, I wondered:  if this is supposed to be “for girls” then why is the dialogue so degrading toward women?

I’m submitting an interview to Lollipop Chainsaw devs and I really hope to clear up this confusion.  Maybe it’s just not my sense of humor — I guess I just feel there are far more clever ways to be funny than saying things like, “He’s such a man-gina”… who says that?  Isn’t that joke from like … 1995?  Believe me, I WANT to like this game.  But the dialogue really intrudes on the enjoyment factor.

Confusions aside, Lollipop Chainsaw is super fun to play, the music and concept are both fantastic.  Without a doubt it definitely sets itself apart within the Zombie game genre.

 

MOST SURPRISING:  Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation for Playstation Vita

The Playstation Vita is getting a different version called Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation that features a female assassin named Aveline.

During Ubisoft’s press conference, they described how “Liberation” connects into the “Assassin’s Creed” universe. “Liberation” includes fan favorites of the franchise, including combat, free-roaming navigation and a rich story full of intrigue!  Although sort of a bummer that Aveline will only be playable on the Vita, if her game is a success I’m sure we’ll see her in the main franchise soon enough.

 

MOST FUN TO PLAY:  Quantum ConundrumInjustice: Gods Among Us, and One Piece: Pirate Warriors

Quantum Conundrum is a title by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix.  The game is designed by Kim Swift, who formerly worked at Valve as a lead designer on the critically acclaimed Portal!

OMG this game is so fun.  You play as a 12-year-old boy trying to find his crazy Uncle, the eccentric Professor Quadwrangle.  After a failed experiment, the professor has disappeared.  In order to find his Uncle, the boy must use  the powers of a special prototype glove, in which the boy can switch dimensions and solve puzzles using the Interdimensional Shift Device (shortened to ISD).  One of the dimensional options is the “fluffy dimension”.

I love puzzle games – and Kim Swift is beyond talented.  I will be playing Quantum Conundrum this week and will report back with more details soon.  So far… it’s super fun and one for the whole family.

 

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Not coming out until 2013… this game showcases our favorite superheroes battling it out in some of the most famous interactive backdrops.  The presentation and gameplay was definitely one of my top highlights of E3.  Thank you to Warner Bros. and NetherRealm for giving me the backstage demo.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors  from Namco Bandai is an action game where players control the Luffy and his crew of pirates as they fight waves of enemies in online and offline co-op missions.  One of the world’s most popular anime features a special rubber ability that extends your arms freely or deflects cannonballs with rubber!

 

MOST AWESOME CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS:

The D-O-Double-G was in tha HOUSE – announcing his involvement with the new Tekken Tag Tournament 2 … but I’m just calling it “Snoop Tekken” from now on :)  I LOVE TEKKEN – and his background with green hoopties is hilarious.

While at the Bethesda booth, I got to meet Verne Troyer while we were demoing Dishonored.

Getting the opportunity to meet Reggie “The Regginator” Fils-Aime - President and CEO of Nintendo America was AWESOME.  And yes, that’s the Honey Badger under my arm.  And no, he did not care.  But I did!

One of the biggest celebrities at E3 – Sonic the Hedgehog – took a prom photo with me :)

MOST INTENSE:  Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 takes place on a tropical island.  The main goal of the game is to escape from the islands and their crazed inhabitants.  Watching the overhead demo at the Ubisoft booth had everyone’s eyes glued to the screen.  Although not the kind of game I would play personally, I would watch someone else play it for hours.  It’s mesmerizing.

I CAN’T WAIT FOR:  South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are writing the script for the game, overseeing the project, and providing the voices of the characters.  It’s a role-playing game and it’s totally ridiculous.  I want more!  Due March 2013.

There were so many innovative and incredible people at E3, it’s really hard to highlight everything in one article.  I have so much more to report on in the weeks to come.

AND!  Congrats to Leonard McNeal and Elletra Parnell, the winners of our Sphero Robotic Ball Father’s Day Giveaway!

What games are you most excited for?

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Featured Image via : Michele Morrow

Additional Images via: Michele Morrow, Halo 4OuternautsScrabbleThe ActSolitaire BlitzPixwooLollipop Chainsaw, JoystiqQuantum ConundrumInjustice: Gods Among Us, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, AP Photo/Jae C. HongFar Cry 3, and South Park: The Stick of Truth.

 

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  1. i like it all except the part about SP ;)

    Grasie Mercedes | 6/15/2012 11:06 am
  2. What a clever and entertaining overview of the chaos that is E3! I was going to disagree with your stand on Lollipop Chainsaw… but then I played this sugar frosted piece of doo-doo. The only hack in this hack and slash borefest was the writing. Thanks for telling it like it is!

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