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5 Worst E3 2011 Moments

Posted by Michael Koczwara On June - 10 - 2011 1 Comment

With E3 come and gone, we got a round of exciting new titles, a wide assortment of gaming news and, for some of us, a few more bullets to add to the worst moments of E3. Despite the numerous announcements that have both me and you anticipating the next set of news, the E3 press conferences were not without their blunders. Here is my top five worst moments of E3 2011.

5.  Unusual Names

Did you see that? I managed to squeeze the name of the new Nintendo console three times into my title. While names like Stream and Café were running through our minds, Nintendo blew the lid off their next generation console with a single change. Now known as the Wii U, the name will, for the next couple of weeks, be tossed around in various jokes and trolled upon on numerous forum topics, all before finally setting in the minds of gamers just like the original Wii did. This isn’t to say that the PS Vita isn’t any better. Translating to mean PS Life, the new portable system will likely move pass the name just as the Wii name did. Nonetheless, the awkward reveals of both names will be remembered as one of E3 2011’s worst moments.

4. Kinect Games

What could be worse than watching ten year old girls calling out for virtual tigers in front of a crowd of thousands of grown men and women? Watching a grown man on stage demonstrating how to use an invisible gun to a crowd of thousands of grown men and women. Microsoft made a big deal about KInect at their E3 2010 press conference last year and this year was no different. This time, however, Microsoft tried their best to convince us gamers that Kinect is for the hardcore too. Being the stubborn gamers that won’t accept motion controls as a viable option to play our hardcore games, the thought of using voice commands to select dialogue options blew quickly over our heads. Oh, and throw in a nice heap of Sesame Street, Disneyland Adventures, and Kinect Sports 2 to the list.

3. Mr. Caffeine

Known for its notorious announcers, Ubisoft introduced us to Mr. Caffeine, the presenter of the Ubisoft E3 2011 press conference. What a mistake. Kicking off with a new internet meme, “Doodley Doodley Doo” will be forever remembered through Youtube remixes and random forum topics. The crowd was left with an awkward silence multiple times after Mr. Caffeine tried for a few stale and unfunny jokes. It’s safe to say that Mr. Caffeine will be added to the dreadful list of Ubisoft hosts. He will fit in just fine.

2. PS Vita ATNT Coverage

It’s not every E3 you get to hear an entire convention center boo and laugh off an announcement made by a representative on stage. As unprofessional as it might be, ATNT is known, by some, for it’s service outages and poor service in many areas. This announcement led to a shocked crowd that will be remembered as another terrible moment of E3 2011.

1. Modern Warfare 3 Controller Reconnect

The anticipation gamers have leading up to E3 is astounding. Microsoft has, for quite a few years now, always been the first to kick off their conference. This year was no different, choosing to ignite the crowd with a ten minute demo of Modern Warfare 3. Within a few minutes into the demo, the Xbox controller, used for demoing the game, lost connectivity and had to take a few seconds to connect. For a game that is being tested and put against EA’s powerhouse Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3 needed a lot to impress gamers everywhere that the Call of Duty franchise is still worth their time. After the reconnection, the demo went on to show more of the same Call of Duty we have seen for years, while EA showed off the immersive Frostbite 2.0 engine in their amazing Battlefield 3 demo and trailer. This small hiccup at the start of Activision’s demo only signifies, to me, the utter dominance Battlefield 3 has over Modern Warfare 3. This will go down as one of my favorite worst E3 moments ever.

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  1. I have to agree with these. They all had a flaw in where the presenters did not expect to see. It annoys the crowd that they lost a few seconds thanks to the Xbox 360 controller reconnection, AT&T having many problems when you least expect it, and a new internet meme. And Microsoft decided to show more of Kinect, which we all will never purchase. In a way, while it may be good for exercising, it makes us look like stupid, doing an invisible action. Wii U is a strange name. Nintendo could have thought of a better name, but oh well, what’s done is done. Wii U is what we will be getting.


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