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Podcast 10-7 On the Road to E3 2012

With the Electronic Entertainment Expo just days away, DesertEagle, SeanNOLA, Samurage, BlueSwim and The Lawman share their predictions, hopes, and concerns as the industry prepares to reveal its plans for the coming year. Fortunately, anticipation can cloud the mind of the mind who also offer impressions of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Mario Tennis Open, Table Top Tanks, Avengers Alliance, Botanicula, Sideway, PixelJunk 4 A.M., the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, as well as a look back at the uninhibited campiness of Command and Conquer: Red Alert.

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1. Once again this year, E3 attendees will find themselves shuffling between the South and West halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center Yet, in the mid 2000’s this was a little more method to the madness. How were attendees generally organized? 
A. Western-based attendees in the South Hall, while Asia-based attendees were in the West Hall.
B.Attendees beginning with A-M Were in the West Hall, while the rest of the Alphabet were in the South Hall.
C. If you has more than a 1,000 employees you got a spot in the South Hall, more than a 250 employees West Hall, less than 50 Petria Hall and less than a dozen you were in the Kentia Slums.
D. West hall housed multi-platform developers, with South Hall was regulated to single platforms and PC publishers.

2. Speaking of Kentia Hall, the seed underbelly of bootleggers and low-grade hardware is no more. Just what happened? 
A. Complaints to the ESA forced the Expo to exclude the shifty vendors.
B. Kentia is now one of the hall three god-awful food courts.
C. High rents forces the smaller vendors out.
D. The hall was converted into a parking garage.

3. What year was the first E3?
A. 1990
B. 1992
C. 1995
D. 1997

4. While E3 used to be an invention only even, some companies took exclusivity even greater levels. What of the following publishers only had an invite-only area sectioned off by chain-link fences and burly security guards?
A. Midway
B. Rockstar
C. Konami
D. Microsoft

5. Oh, Konami you made an announcement in 2009 that many stateside gamers are still waiting for. So for what game does hope still spring eternal?
A. Castlevania: Symphony of the Dawn
B. Metal Gear Arcade
C. Suikoden 6
D. Tokimeki Memorial 7

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Wait, why is trivia done via text, now? Downvote!


    A, D, B, B, B

    • Don’t worry, Trivia’s not gone for good. The recording ran long, so we had to skip it. It’ll be back next episode. 🙂

  2. You lucky sons of guns, I wish I could go to E3. I’ll have to watch it from home.


  3. Thumbs down for written trivia. Other thumb down for no interview.

    The Shocker and horns for Jeremy returning!

  4. Thanks guys. I’ll be listening today.

  5. Sean are you going to do a full proper review for Table Top Tanks?

    • No. I’ve been preoccupied with Pre3 buildup, and TableTanks wasn’t sent for review. The proper review would have basically said “The lackluster tank combat is not rewarding enough to overlook the aggravating AR gimmick.” and then it would land somewhere in the D’s. Maybe C- if something really cool pops up, but after the first few stages, it wasn’t looking promising.

  6. Zombie Jim Sterling

    The answers are:

    A, D, C, B, B

    Keeping your damn Disney Game 😉

  7. Recycled podcast art and no trivia during the show? You guys are slipping.

  8. Good show so far. Robert hosting, Sean and Jeremy bantering with comments from Sage and Blue is pretty much a great show.

    I do like the written interviews (like you did with NIS) but yeah, trivia needs to part of the show.

  9. I hope you make The Lawman a permanent addition. He’s great and really adds energy to the show.


      I’m on a bit of an attendance streak, aren’t I? I should try for a bit more scarcity to keep everyone interested! 😉

  10. Downloading now. Thanks for the contest.

  11. PSA: Remember, everyone, “honest guesses” and search engines don’t go hand-in-hand. Play fair.

  12. So what would the advantage (to gamers) of a Steam/PSn merger be?

    Pardon my ignorance?

    • Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry on Portal 2, specifically the PlayStation 3 version:

      “Portal 2 is the first game on the PlayStation 3 to support a subset of features from Steamworks, including auto-updates, downloadable content, and community support. The game supports cross-platform play between the PlayStation 3 and the Windows and Mac OS X versions. On the PlayStation 3, the Steam overlay shows the player’s friends on both Steam and the PlayStation Network, with achievements rewarded for both Steam and PlayStation Network trophies. PlayStation 3 players can unlock the game on Steam for Windows and Mac OS X for no additional charge. The integration of Steamworks on the PlayStation 3 allows Valve to collect data about problems that arise after shipping and push appropriate updates.”

      If those features were applied to all/most PS3 games, Sony would have a great buyer incentive for the PS3.

      • It would be great if we could play some of the Steam games we own on PS3’s.

        • It’s a “pie in the sky” wish for sure, but I know for a fact that other developers had planned (and implemented) Steam integration, but were really just waiting for Sony to pass it through certification. Hmmm.

  13. One hand on his Move, the other on his his…

  14. Why is Robert in my left ear and everyone else in my right one?

    • Because he’s the good angel on your shoulder.

      • Ha, the guys ambition is to be a Prinny under Etna. You can’t be an angel and do that. 😉

    • The compression is a little effed up. It’s a little more complicated with 5 people on at once. This was the only way I could keep the rest of the crew from sounding like robots.

      • “Bitty..bitty…bitty”

        Not bad. But it does sounds like Deagle is on one end and rest of the crew is all together.

        Is there any point in answering trivia or was it solved already?

  15. I liked Deagle’s opening GhostRecon talk. Didn’t like his MS hate though.

  16. A, D, C, B, B

    I call dibs on playing as Hanna Montana once the nude code is leaked.

  17. My life will not be complete until I own Pac-Man PJs.

    • I actually hadn’t planned on flashing my pajamas around the internet. My wife came home from work late and found me like this. I suppose there are more compromising situations…

      PS still married!

  18. Someone is set to ROCK!

  19. I like Jeremy’s predictions, Deagle played it pretty safe and Sean seemed to go along with Lawman.

    • It’s just a shame it wasn’t possible to go longer. We had to cut some things as it was. There’s a lot more to talk about. I wish I’d have been able to talk a bit about Unreal Engine 4 or any of a hundred other things that might happen at E3.

      It will be a good one, that’s for sure!

  20. Woot!! Can’t wait to hear your predictions!! Downloading now 😀

  21. Chef Peter Pepper

    Deagle, why do you dislike MS so much?

  22. My answers to the trivia:
    1. A
    2. A
    3. D
    4. D
    5. A

  23. Will you be doing an E3 show?

  24. You guys couldn’t predict clouds on a rainy day. No Kudo, Sony partnership or install PS1 compatibility. I still love you though.

  25. IS that Jeremy in the pic?

    Man, you guys were wrong on most everything.

  26. My trivia to you:

    What happens when you get a 5606 score in fruit ninja ?

  27. My question for the next show (and I want to hear from each of you):

    How are Sony and Nintendo doing at supporting their portables? What can be done differently? What grade would you give each company’s efforts so far?

  28. What do you guys think about Aisha Tyler calling GAF “dicks”, Gamespot readers as trolls, and throwing in “illiterate racist douchebags”

  29. It’s podcast night and guess what I get to talk about? (See Pic)