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The first hour on the floor

The show has opened and it's completely crazy! (Like you didn't expect that). Checking out West Hall I spotted a huge crowd playing downloadable DS games. Once you shut off the power to the DS you lose the game, but the opportunity to try a half-dozen or so games is just too irresistable so I will be there later to be sure. Also, the Sony booth had a PSP buzz going that was simply phenomenal, and the line to see (that's all you can do this year) the PS3 was too long for mere words.

I ran through a bunch of the other booths to quickly get an idea of what's on the going on while our video crews covered the floor conducting interviews - look for those blog entries momentarily.

One of our crew ran through the EA booth a little while ago and the 360-degree immersive environment was absolutely stunning and we will be bringing you the whole tour of their booth tomorrow.

Plenty of Game Trailers...

Our friends at GameTrailers.com are hookin' us up with a bunch of game trailers this year. We thought we'd link you to one for a little game you may have heard of, Quake IV...

Check out the trailer!

Nintendo Press Event

The Nintendo Press event held this morning was full of surprises. After a few hours of sleep we managed to find ourselves at Mann's Chinese Theatre at 8 this morning ready to get set up. The crowd filling the auditorium was packed tight - really tight. The photography section required kneeling on the floor squeezed on all sides by hundreds of photographers until you completely lost feeling in your lower extremeties.

We will have complete coverage in our Floored section as well as a pile of screen shots in the Images section. In the meantime, here are the highlights:

The DS took center stage for a while, while Reggie Fils-Aime discussed the upcoming WiFi service offered through partner Gamespy. As a free service, the DS WiFi network will allow gamers to pick up a game of Mario Kart DS with up to eight players from their homes, or in a public WiFi hotspot. He also showcased a bunch of upcoming DS games.

Then Tina Wood of G4TV showcased Nintendogs, a "pet; project" of Shigeru Myamoto, who surprised the audience by popping onstage to let his virtual dog play with Tina's.

Next, Reggie surprised everyone with when he said simply (and accurately) "I; know you haven't seen this" and pulled a teeny-tiny new Gameboy model out of his jacket pocket. The Gameboy Micro, a repackaged Gameboy SP in a sleeker package with changeable skins and a brighter screen, hits the stores this fall.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata took the stage and stole the show with his revelation of the Revolution. As consoles go, this one is tiny - the size of three DVD cases stacked together. We have the full story in Floored and photos in the Images section.

Next came an impressive lineup of games for the GameCube, but the best was saved for last, The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess.

This was the third of the big three press events, and we're in shock at all we saw. Now we're looking forward to getting on the floor and playing some of this stuff!

Our FanCam is Ready to Go

It's already been an exciting few days and we can't wait to bring you the best of the show floor starting tomorrow. In order to help us give you a better sense of the excitement and energy on the floor, we once again bring you the FanCam.

This year's Fan, Joel Gourdin, will be heading all over the incredibly large show floor bringing us interviews, booth tours and some hands on action of the latest games. Check out our new host outside the LA Convention Center as he gets ready for E3 2005.

Microsoft 360 Kickoff

Dragging our tired soles back from the XBOX event we just had to bring you some details before calling it a night. We're posting a bunch of footage of the event tonight, and tomorrow we'll bring you an overview edit.

First, let's set the stage - the Shrine Auditorium was decked out with a large array of moving lights, image projections, and video screens. Projected motivational phrases on the walls included "no; such thing as being too good", "create; more questions than answers", and "keep; hurting the people closest to you".; One of my personal favorites was ";konichiwa, hashbrown".; Clearly most of these were for the fps fans.

They had a few announcements of note: The XBOX360 will be backwards compatible with the original XBOX. Square Enix is developing software for XBOX360 starting with Final Fantasy XI. XBOX Live Silver will be free. And then there were the featured new 360 titles: DOA4, Lost Odyssey, Project Gotham Racing 3, Ghost Recon 3, NBA2K5, Kameo - Elements of Power, Call of Duty 2, Elders Scrolls 4 - Oblivion, Gears of War (a new Epic game using their Unreal 3 engine), Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Godfather, FIFA '06, NBA Live, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and Madden NFL '06. There was brief glimpse of Perfect Dark Zero but only in the walkout reel. Conspicuously absent was any mention of Halo.

Once the presentation ended the crowd gathered outside in and out of several dome tents full of food stations and video testimonial booths. Mountain Dew was there with a giant tanker truck full of "Game; Fuel".;

Then in the large auditorium, the party ran until 1AM with entertainment from the Killers and the Chemical Brothers. In this room we saw the interactive video display Elijah Wood jumped in front of at the end of the MTV launch last week, the 360-in-a-museum-case featured on many internet sites prior to the MTV launch and most importantly, a few 360 controllers that we could hold. And yes, they feel great. They have captured everything good about the controller S and made them better (and wireless, of course)

See our photos. Check out some footage. Catch you after Nintendo tomorrow!

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