I went to CES this last week. I would have done day by day coverage, but outside of being instantly busy once my day ended, and up to this evening, there was a reason why.

I briefly went to CES in 2005. I didn’t have much time to explore, but I remember the tiniest bit of gaming stuff there. Mind you, this is no E3, but I knew this wasn’t going to be like those old issues of Nintendo Power and Electronic Gaming Monthly, tantalizing me with the upcoming year’s gaming goodness. But with a name like Consumer Electronics Show, you would expect the name to include some video gaming into that definition.

What was defined as video gaming was this: Cases for Wii, DS, PS3, 360 consoles, cases for Wii, DS, PS3, 360 controllers, iPhone and iPad cases, and a kiosk promoting Play With Me.Com, a site where you can play games with attractive women (to credit, the British girl I played Tic-Tac-Toe against was indeed highly cute, and I was given a 50 play token gift card – which may make for an amusing article on here down the line).

Sony had video images of PS3 games, but no PS3 or PSP games or hardware anywhere. Microsoft was hyping Kinect, an online poker game, Fable III, and a software update where Kinect will soon be able to read and translate facial expressions onto Avatars. Nintendo was nowhere in sight.

Third parties? EA Sports has the sequel to their Active game… and that’s it. THQ supposedly had their Udraw tablet there, but I couldn’t find the damn thing, and Capcom was supposedly demoing Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 at a private event at the Aria casino/hotel.

And that constituted “gaming” at CES.

As for everything else, TV’s, PC’s, and the like, the “Future” of all tech will now apparently consist of 3D, motion-control, and touch screen for every piece of tech that will be coming down the line for… forever. Apparently, we’re all going to be living in the world Nintendo set up for us years ago. I’m sorry, the concept of wearing glasses over my glasses in order to watch TV doesn’t hold much appeal for me at this time. Perhaps when people figure out Nintendo’s concept of “3D without glasses”, we’ll start seeing that upgrade then. As for now, it simply feels “Too much, too soon”.

So that was CES 2011. I knew the gaming scene was going to be small. I just didn’t expect it to be that disappointing, especially with all of these online sites and the like covering it like we would all be missing out by not being there. I was there, and you, dear reader, didn’t miss a thing. E3 would be one I’d mourn over not attending.

So how are all of you? Have I missed much this week?

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