From the San Diego County Fair to E3… Quite an interesting week…

Last week or so was quite interesting for me as I had gone to the fair on opening day (6/8/13) and watched Sony’s live broadcast of their press conference at E3.

Let’s start with the fair…

At the fair, waiting to get in...

At the fair, waiting to get in…

Unlike last year, I decided to go easy on the fair food. Although I can’t confirm it, the food I ate from the fair last year may have lead to me ending up in the hospital, though the time from the day I went to the fair to the day I was admitted to the hospital was at least 7 days… What did I eat? A lot of fried food… Deep fried ice cream, deep fried frog legs, deep fried butter, red velvet funnel cake, deep fried cereal, bacon wrapped mushrooms that were stuffed with cheese…and even deep fried Kool-Aid… I’m sure there was one or two more, but I can’t remember it off hand…

So far this year, I’ve had only two items. They are the Australian Battered Potatoes and the Deep Fried Cheeseburger.

 

The Australian Battered Potatoes...in a small bucket...

The Australian Battered Potatoes…in a small bucket…

The Deep Fried Cheeseburger...

The Deep Fried Cheeseburger…

I do plan on going back again and trying some more food, like the maple bacon doughnut and that turkey leg that’s wrapped in one pound of bacon…

 

Bacon wrapped  turkey leg... I hope it's worth the $20 price tag...

Bacon wrapped turkey leg… I hope it’s worth the $20 price tag…

I may try these if I'm still hungry...

I may try these if I’m still hungry…

For $9 each, this better be worth it...

For $9 each, this better be worth it…

I had a chance to check out the Game On! exhibit that the fair has this year. It showcased games from past and present, whether it was board games or video games. They even had some old school arcade machines set up for people to play…

Outside the Game On! exhibit...

Outside the Game On! exhibit…

One of the displays in the exhibit...

One of the displays in the exhibit…

I used to own one of these back in the day...

I used to own one of these back in the day…

Pac-Man...

Pac-Man…

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr.

In about two weeks from now, I’ll be going to the fair again. I’ll have more pictures coming soon…

Microsoft decided to reveal the XBOX One ahead of the E3 conference. Quite frankly, I was really disappointed. DRM, having to connect every 24 hours to continue playing games (making the implication that an internet connection is required), potential privacy issues involving the Kinect device… All around, I thought it was a mess… The following YouTube video pretty much sums it up…

Sony, on the other hand, had a much better showing at the E3 conference with their PS4 reveal. Support for used games, new IPs that are worth looking into, support for indie games, Kingdom Hearts 3, Watch Dogs, GOTY candidate The Last of Us… There was quite a lot to like at Sony’s presentation. There’s nothing like the guys at Sony showing Microsoft how sharing games is really done, as shown in this YouTube video…

That’s all from me for now… My next few entries will entail more about the San Diego County Fair, appendicitis one year later, possibly Anime Expo and definitely Comic-Con (this year is my 10th consecutive year attending)… Stay tuned…

SCE Press Conference at E3

So, I joined in on the Niconico live stream of the conference about 45 minutes late (and it seems I didn’t miss too much). I’ll just briefly go over what I saw and my thoughts on them…

* Wonderbook – A book that, along with the PlayStation Eye, can display augmented reality. Book of Spells, which is related to the Harry Potter series, was used to demo the item and even learn how to cast some spells. I can see this having great potential for children’s books in a family oriented setting, but for the more avid gamers, this may not be something worthwhile.

* God of War: Ascension – Is it me, or does it seem like it’s the same type of game play found in the first three God of War games? While there are new elements to the game play, I just have this notion that it’ll be the same linear progression, brutal slice and dice that the franchise is known for. It did get quite a reaction from the audience. Me? Not so much… I have to admit though, it is fun having Kratos wreak havoc. The game is expected to release March 12, 2013. Did I mention this is a prequel…?

* PlayStation Mobile (formerly known as PlayStation Suite) – An interesting endeavor from Sony to bring the PlayStation brand to mobile consumers. It looks like they’ll be teaming up with HTC to get this off the ground and running. Hopefully, more details about this will come to light soon. For now, all I can say is I hope they do it right…

* Far Cry 3: They added a 4 player multi-player mode.

* The Last of Us – This game piqued my curiosity the most. The game play for the demo was quite interesting. Naughty Dog may have a success with this one…

Other notables include Little Bit Planet Karting, which looks to be a fun racing game. Also, Sony now has their own version of Super Smash Bros., which involves characters from a lot of Sony titles. Though the concept is nothing new, I’d probably have plenty of fun bashing the hell out of other Sony characters using Kratos…

Though Sony had a good showing, how will it compare to Nintendo’s conference…? Stay tuned as we find out tomorrow!