Sports Gamer Archive - June 2010

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Scott Jones

E3: Hands-On with the Xbox 360 Kinect 1

Last week at E3 in L.A., I got the chance to test out the Kinect, the magical device that hooks up to your Xbox 360 and turns your entire body into a video game controller. The line to try the Kinect at E3 was the length of several football fields. But being the Sports Gamer has its privileges. Actually, it only has one privilege: being able to cut lines the length of several football fields at E3.

Now, for most people, Kinect is exciting news. But the Sports Gamer tends to be skeptical of new things. Example: When the MLB announced that the city of Tampa Bay would now field a baseball team known as the Devil Rays, oh how the Sports Gamer laughed. Ha, ha, ha, he said! (I finally stopped laughing when they made it to the World Series in 2008.)

So, armed with my skepticism, I stepped into one of the fishbowl-like booths at E3 and gave Kinect a test drive.

Keep reading to find out what happened…and to see two more embarrassing photos of my Kinect experience!

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Scott Jones

E3: Hands-On with the Xbox 360 Kinect 1

Last week at E3 in L.A., I got the chance to test out the Kinect, the magical device that hooks up to your Xbox 360 and turns your entire body into a video game controller. The line to try the Kinect at E3 was the length of several football fields. But being the Sports Gamer has its privileges. Actually, it only has one privilege: being able to cut lines the length of several football fields at E3.

Now, for most people, Kinect is exciting news. But the Sports Gamer tends to be skeptical of new things. Example: When the MLB announced that the city of Tampa Bay would now field a baseball team known as the Devil Rays, oh how the Sports Gamer laughed. Ha, ha, ha, he said! (I finally stopped laughing when they made it to the World Series in 2008.)

So, armed with my skepticism, I stepped into one of the fishbowl-like booths at E3 and gave Kinect a test drive.

Keep reading to find out what happened…and to see two more embarrassing photos of my Kinect experience!

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Scott Jones

E3 2010: The Sports Gamer's Impressions of the Nintendo 3DS 6

I know I promised some Xbox 360 Kinect impressions today. I don't have them. (Yet.) Microsoft turned me away yesterday--second year in a row that this has happened--telling me that they are "too booked." I said, "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM; I AM THE SPORTS GAMER!" They said: "We don't care. Go away now, sir, before we call security."

Yes, the name "Sports Gamer" name does not carry the weight you think it might have.

Anyway, I've got time scheduled with the Kinect later on today. So you'll have to wait a bit before I describe for you, in vivid detail, what it is like to play a racing game with an invisible steering wheel. Stay tuned!

But what I did find yesterday was something that was beyond my wildest dreams.

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Scott Jones

E3 2010: The Sports Gamer's Impressions of the Nintendo 3DS 6

I know I promised some Xbox 360 Kinect impressions today. I don't have them. (Yet.) Microsoft turned me away yesterday--second year in a row that this has happened--telling me that they are "too booked." I said, "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM; I AM THE SPORTS GAMER!" They said: "We don't care. Go away now, sir, before we call security."

Yes, the name "Sports Gamer" name does not carry the weight you think it might have.

Anyway, I've got time scheduled with the Kinect later on today. So you'll have to wait a bit before I describe for you, in vivid detail, what it is like to play a racing game with an invisible steering wheel. Stay tuned!

But what I did find yesterday was something that was beyond my wildest dreams.

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Scott Jones

More from E3: Joe Montana, 3-D gaming and Sony's Move! 0

After a few somewhat off years, including one unfortunate E3 when they made us all travel to Santa Monica and look at games in an airplane hangar, E3 2010 represents something of a return to glory for the video game convention. The show floor is jam packed with media, celebrities, game developers, and several thousand clever folks who somehow managed to talk their way into the building.

I walk out onto the show floor and wade into the smelly crush of nerds and video game fans and I think: I'm home.

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Scott Jones

More from E3: Joe Montana, 3-D gaming and Sony's Move! 0

After a few somewhat off years, including one unfortunate E3 when they made us all travel to Santa Monica and look at games in an airplane hangar, E3 2010 represents something of a return to glory for the video game convention. The show floor is jam packed with media, celebrities, game developers, and several thousand clever folks who somehow managed to talk their way into the building.

I walk out onto the show floor and wade into the smelly crush of nerds and video game fans and I think: I'm home.

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Scott Jones

E3 Starts Its Engines, Peels Out A Little... 1

E3--a.k.a. the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is happening this week in Downtown, Los Angeles in Southern California. The L.A. Convention Center is located only a half block away from the Staples Center, where the Celts and Lakers will once again go at it tonight, hammer and tongs, in the name of crowning an NBA champ.

The Sports Gamer, unfortunately, will not be at the game. Instead, he will be enduring an avalanche of press conferences over the next 24 hours. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo--obviously the Big Three will have tons of huge announcements to make. Microsoft will roll out more info on Kinect, the motion-centric control system formally known as Project Natal. Sony will have all the details on Move, a pair of cool, futuristic controllers that turn your PS3 into a more sophisticated Wii. And Nintendo will have lots to say about their new 3DS, a version of the DS that allows you to play 3-D games. I'll have hands-on and eyes-on reports on all of this stuff. I promise.

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