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CES 2012.

Honestly, I don’t know why all the gaming blogs and websites really talk about CES. To be perfectly candid, it barely has anything to do with video games at all.

Mostly, CES is about HD and 3D TVs, car audio, cases to protect your phones and tablets, and a few other things. It’s like a high end flea market, though the feel of going booth to booth and seeing the same thing only slightly repackaged in each one never seems to really escape you.

There was some video game stuff, however. Sony had about 8-12 Playstation 3 games tucked away on a tiny walkway, and Microsoft was promoting Kinect the same as they did last year. If there was anything else, it was impossible to find, and let me tell you: I walked a significant portion of the show floor between the Convention Center and the Venetian, and even went up a few floors. It’s not like the Nintendo Powers of old, or the second coming of E3. And I didn’t expect it to be. But with gaming consoles becoming more multimedia outlets, is that not the very definition of “consumer electronics”? At an expo, Read the rest of this entry

Quick Update.

It has been a super busy week for me with work, but I wanted to check in as I know I have a lot of info. to update, including my week’s trip to CES (Don’t get too excited. You’ll understand why after my report, but there was a personal surprise for me, which I’ll detail because it’s fun).

I will say that in bringing my 3DS to CES this week, I didn’t get quite as many StreetPass tags as I would have hoped over the last three days (about a dozen), or as many regions added to my locations list (2 new states here, and 2 regions of Japan), but at least I can take my 3DS out and finally get signs of life on the thing. I’m sure Christmas helped matters a lot.

Also, Zen Pinball (thanks to SuperPhillip for reminding me that it’s NOT Pinball FX as found on the Xbox 360). It’s available for download on the 3DS as of today (for us in the States), and finally, Nintendo has allowed for an online system to be properly implemented in a game. If you download it, we can all attempt to crush each other’s scores. Read the rest of this entry

The Want To Like CES.

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 Read the rest of this entry

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