Off To E3

Yes, it's that time of year again: I'm off to L.A. and E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

My first E3 took place back when I lived in Los Angeles, going to college. Strangely, although the technology and the games have changed signfiicantly, E3 itself is quite the same — explosive, brain-punching, and eye-breaking, but still really quite fun, like if Disneyland was designed by a monster truck. Usually, my annual E3 pilgramage (this year with Mike, Dave, and Afryl) is always a little more about re-visiting a city I genuinely love (really), and driving in the sun, and eating a lot, and going to weird / fun places, and having a guaranteed four day break from all of this new user-interface design work lately (not that I don't genuinely enjoy it), but this year the games just might take center stage — and I'm excited.

But first, I have a question.

I hope to post an E3 wrap-up upon my return, and give you guys a look at the show from, you know, The Cabel Angle (or "Cangle"). I've obviously got the basics covered: Wii, check! PS3 (and Metal Gear Solid 4!), check! DS games, check! Possible Rare titles for the X360, check! Kentai hall's hilarious cell-phone game brochures, check!

But what do you want to know about from the show floor?

If you have any games you'd like me to specifically check out, or if you're making any games you'd like me to check out (in the off chance that someone who makes games reads this blog — honestly, who reads this blog?), then please leave a comment, below!

I asked my nephews — ages 5 and 7, modern videogame masters — and they definitely had good feedback. (Quicktime - 8.21M)


You lied! This is totally turning into a gaming blog.

Here's what I really want you to: Get one of the booth-girls to tell you how she got the job and why she likes it (or doesn't) on tape, obviously.

Bonus points for getting a booth-girl to discuss the finer points of her costume.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/08/2006 11:45 AM  
Interesting and informative stuff.

And what the first poster said.

Have fun!
Blogger Wevah 5/08/2006 11:50 AM  
Those nephews (Max and Chuck?) definately need to have their own podcast! I'd like to see you give them a crack at your DS Lite..and watch their heads explode with glee :)
Anonymous Josh Puetz 5/08/2006 11:54 AM  
Guitar Hero II, or any other Harmonix goodness!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/08/2006 12:05 PM  
I second the need for more visits from the Nephews, especially a video podcast about current events.

Also, "Henry," is such a name a 'friend' would have... you know?
Blogger Danny Cohen 5/08/2006 12:12 PM  
Ah little kids can be funny.
Lots of wii please Cabel. Or just whatever the IGNs and Gamespots aren't doing; find your niche!
Blogger Joe 5/08/2006 12:13 PM  
Your nephews had me reeling! I don't have any requests offhand, as GAF will take care the coverage (and Photoshops). That said, since you're into the DS, keep an eye out for the showfloor gems, as, in my experience, there's usually a handful of overlooked quality handheld games at the show. And yes, I can vouch that some game industry employees do read your blog, but I'm not one of them.
Anonymous Macam 5/08/2006 1:01 PM  
It'd be great if you can review the Wii controller. A funny video review like the DS ones plzkthx.
Anonymous Nuno Sousa 5/08/2006 1:01 PM  
Yes, your nephews definately needs their own podcast, they're like 2 mini TV presenters.

Oh, and if you can find any info on any Yoshi games that would be great, but if you can't, it's ok! :P

I'd be quite interested to see if you can find any info on any Japanese madness. I love those Japanese with their crazy games! :)
Anonymous Jamie 5/08/2006 1:09 PM  
World of Warcraft telemetry plz.
Anonymous rands 5/08/2006 1:29 PM  
God Of War 2, Okami, and any follow up to Indigo Prophecy. Please, Thanks!
Anonymous Lander 5/08/2006 1:36 PM  
I agree with them. New Pokémon games are essential! Especially figuring out what Square-Enix is doing with PokéMate for cell phones in North America.
Anonymous Ryan 5/08/2006 1:47 PM  
I think you should get a quick "I'm only buying a DS Lite 'cause of Cabel's video review" list going (add my name to the top), should be good for a couple of thousand names or so, surely? Take it along to Nintendo and see what kind of commission they give you.

Failing that, you should post on the best freebie you manage to blag yourself from the show.
Anonymous Dave 5/08/2006 2:18 PM  
Just find out when I can buy a DS Lite over here in the US.
Anonymous Erik Weibust 5/08/2006 2:23 PM  
Your blog is awesome Cabel! Would love it if you could find out some info on Square-Enix's Final Fantasy XII for PS2 and also the Final Fantasy III on the DS. :D Thanks!
Anonymous Billy 5/08/2006 2:54 PM  
Hey Erik the release date for the ds lite is June 11 for $129.
Anonymous Jake 5/08/2006 3:18 PM  
Can you check out 'Unnamed Bungie Project' if you catch my drift? Also anything from Harmonix. And the DS lite comes out June 11th for anyone who didn't know.
Blogger John Zoidberg 5/08/2006 4:23 PM  
European DS Lite launch? i know no one at E3 will give a crap about us brits, but it would be nice if someone would ask :)

Oh, and make sure you video some people doing funny moves on the, wii.

The more freakish disembodied hands, the better, so video that thang!
Anonymous Jason P 5/08/2006 4:41 PM  
I want to see more vids of your nephews. :)
Anonymous Anonymous 5/08/2006 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Chandler 5/08/2006 6:04 PM  
Sorry, there are no booth girls this year. New rule.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/08/2006 7:44 PM  
Yeah, I heard that the booth girls were banned aswell. It doesn't really affect me, it just shows how stupid our censorship board is. *sigh* Why can't we be more like Europe?
Blogger John Zoidberg 5/08/2006 8:16 PM  
You should definitely check out Spore if there are any demos on the floor, it looks it'll be a lot of good crazy fun.
Blogger supercrisis 5/08/2006 9:15 PM  
Oh yes, Spore please!
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Anonymous Greg Kumparak 5/08/2006 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous 5/09/2006 12:56 AM  
Your nephews are legendary, do they have their own blog?
Anonymous baxter 5/09/2006 2:30 AM  
I'm curious: do either of your nephews' parents speak in those emphatic bursts (with hand gestures) that Max employs? "One more thing... And if you can't find it... it's okay... I want you... To get... Number one... Madagascar the video game... if you can't find it... Fine!"

Fine indeed!

As for E3, just any mad Japanese shiznit.
Anonymous Monty 5/09/2006 3:07 AM  
Japanese madness, Wii...
If you're vblogging it's going to be great whatever you cover :)

The nephews are awesome, and I totally second the idea about the list of people who are 'getting a DS Lite because of Cabel's review'. You can sign me up! Nintendo might start sending you previews of stuff...
Anonymous Barny 5/09/2006 4:40 AM  
I want more SOLID facts about Twilight Princess... pics would be nice. As much information as you can get!

The video of the kids was also what I wanted... just didnt know how to say it better then them! ;)
Blogger Justin 5/09/2006 6:23 AM  
Mistwalker Studios!
Anonymous blakegli 5/09/2006 9:09 AM  
I dunno if you are already gone, but if you aren't:


Find out when DS Lite is coming out in Europe. If you do I would explode with glee.

Anonymous Anonymous 5/09/2006 2:54 PM  
Can't believe nobody mentioned Mother 3... So, I'd like to see some information on this! (^_^)
Blogger Akotan 5/09/2006 7:18 PM  
Cabel, Please find out from the folks at Nintendo(or one of your nephews...) if the new Wii console will play content from both Japan and the US? Or any particulars that might be necessary to fix one so it will.

Anonymous Anonymous 5/09/2006 7:53 PM  
That video with your nephews is so adorable. <3
Anonymous Anonymous 5/09/2006 9:13 PM  
Please try to figure out when the DS-Lite hits europe! Thanks!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/10/2006 1:19 AM  
I'd REALLY like a European release-date for the lite as well..
Is there any part of the world at all that doesn't get there video-games before we do? :(
Anonymous sad Belgian guy 5/10/2006 7:04 AM  
FLAWLESS interview technique! excellent.

it may be too late now, but if you could just run around the nintendo booth shouting "KATAMARI DS! KATAMARI DS!" in the hope that it might one day appear.. that would be great.
Anonymous jez 5/10/2006 8:40 AM  
Firstly: i want you... to get... more... visits from... YOUR NEPHEWS!!!

Secondly: RED STEEL

Thirdly: Twilight princess

Fourthly: VERY IMPORTANT: Phantom Hourglass (zelda DS)

Fifthy: This might have been misinformation, but bring me the title of "Ye Olde Sidescroller!"
Blogger Sparrow 5/10/2006 2:24 PM  
Cabel, your nephew Max is a prophet; Yoshi's Island 2? Nobody but him expected that one. I'm so happy I convinced myself to pre-order the DS Lite (mainly because of your video previews).
Blogger Rodrigo 5/11/2006 12:07 AM  
Can you check see if Pro Evo for the DS is there, really looking forward to it.
Anonymous Anonymous 5/11/2006 12:16 PM  
I'd love to know more about the DS title "Hotel Dusk: Room 215." The trailer on is amazing, and it's from the same group behind "Trace Memory."

Any new info on this one would be awesome!
Anonymous Anonymous 5/11/2006 2:34 PM  
I hope this does become a gameing blog lol, also those nephews or yours need more air time lol. I'd like to see how the Wii plays, I know they have like 27 playable games there so.....PLAY THEM ALL!!!!! thanks lol
Anonymous Anonymous 5/12/2006 12:42 PM  
Anything and everything Nintendo (Wii + DS Lite). Im such a N-Fanboy. Also did the Nintendo reps drop any hints as to whether or not they will release the other two DSLite colors in America?
Anonymous Anonymous 5/15/2006 7:31 PM  
Just curious, what codec do I need to be able to watch your videos with QuickTime 6.5.2 on a Windows system (this is not necessarily directed at you Cabel, but anyone from your readership that knows). Sound is great, but video is much better.
Anonymous zebov 5/15/2006 8:02 PM  
Congrats on getting a mention from Attack of the Show. When they mentioned how the DSLite stacks up against the DS the first thing I thought was your video. Coincidentally they ended up talking about your videos.
Blogger Shimmy 5/16/2006 4:54 PM  
I am really excited about the Wii, it is really nice to see Nintendo do a back-flip and come full force with the DS and Wii this time around. I knew they could.
Anonymous Courtney 5/23/2006 7:18 AM  

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