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On Wednesday, May 12, 2004, the tenth annual Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) opened at the Los Angeles Convention Center. E3 Insider was there, alongside several thousand extremely wound up gamers.

According to Stacee, E3 Insider's Floored Correspondent, "...this is going to be a wild show -- we're expecting 1000 never-before-seen games and hardware, 400 exhibitors and a whole lot more. This is the tenth anniversary and it gets better and better."

The obvious heavyweights -- XBOX, PlayStation2 and Nintendo -- loomed over the assembled throngs, tempting them with promises of Metal Gear Solid 3, Halo 2, DS and Zelda.

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Unreal Championship 2

It has been said that variety is the spice of life. It has also been said that it is a mistake to bring a knife to a gunfight. Atari, the creators of Unreal Championship 2, hope to combine these two hackneyed clich&#eacute;s into an offbeat, pulse-pounding interactive adventure.

Taking inspiration from the profitable Grand Theft Auto series, which, according to Floored correspondent, Stacee, "...successfully fused driving with shooting with absolute mayhem," Unreal Championship 2 mixes bizarre brawling and gunplay.

"You've got guys who have swords, staves, use their fists against guys with rocket launchers and insane energy weapons..." Atari's CliffyB states. "You look at UC2; it has rocket launchers and melee. Its Unreal meets Soul Calibur. We decided a lot of other games are going the whole Halo route with vehicles. We're famous zigging when other companies zag."

Fans of zigging, zagging and insane energy weapons should know Unreal Championship 2 drops this holiday. Available exclusively for Xbox.

The State of the Video Game Industry & Future Trend

As the tremendously popular E3 Expo celebrated its tenth anniversary, all eyes were towards the future.

"I see a trend toward community based gaming." announced Doug Lowenstein, president of the ESA.

Electronic games become increasingly sophisticated by the year and generate more revenue than most Hollywood blockbusters. In short, interactive entertainment is big business. Manufacturers are always looking for new ways to interest gamers.

"Games are going to get more realistic and sound better then they do today in the next decade." stated Mr. Lowenstein.

Mortal Kombat: Deception

With the release of Mortal Kombat: Deception, Midway's big seller finally goes live. Ed Boone, one of the game's creators, describes "...4 different modes of play, which [we've] never done in a Mortal Kombat game, a puzzle game, a board game, a single player adventure game as well as online on both PlayStation 2 and Xbox."

Mortal Kombat: Deception promises more meticulously designed visuals than its predecessors. "A lot of backgrounds have fatalities specific to them and they're actually used in the fight." Mr. Boone explains. "So it's a certain area in the fight you can knock your opponent into."

Mortal Kombat: Deception! Give 'em hell!

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