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Jeff on Bonus Round, Plus Our Plans for Tokyo

Jeff chops it up with Pachter, Geoff, and Shane about the holiday's biggest games, plus what you can expect to see from us over the course of this week.

The only word is... Keighley!
Last week I had the opportunity to head down to Los Angeles and tape an episode of GameTrailers' regular panel show, Bonus Round. In this episode, host Geoff Keighley talks to myself, Shane Satterfield, and Michael Pachter about this year's big games. Expect to hear Wii Music used as a punchline in the second installment!

The episode is posted in four installments. The first installment is now available, and covers a few of the big shooters due out this year. Check it out and be sure to check out GT for the rest of the parts as they're posted. I had a great time doing it, and Mandy the make-up artist did a good job of making me not look like I had stayed up most of the night and had just stepped off of a plane. Considering what she had to work with, it was practically a miracle.

But enough about me, let's talk about us. Or, at least, let's talk about the Tokyo Game Show.

The posse is leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. We'll leave San Francisco on Monday morning and arrive in Japan on Tuesday afternoon. We'll be in town for around a week, and we'll be posting videos and regular, practically daily podcasts for the duration of the trip. I say "practically" because between jet lag and time differences, anything is possible.

This guy right here is pretty stoked about Giancarlo's Death Star level.
We'll be taking in the sights here and there, I'll almost certainly buy a used game or two, and we'll be running rampant all over the show floor at the Tokyo Game Show. I'll be especially interested to see what, if anything, Namco has to say about home versions of Tekken 6. Capcom will have new Resident Evil 5 to show, Sony is announcing a ton of new games... my point is that it should be an exciting show.

I should already be finished packing, but today has been very slow-going, largely due to the LittleBigPlanet beta. Remember how I've been saying that I've yet to have my "moment" with that game that makes me totally understand why people are going nuts over it. Well, I think I finally had it today. That game's going to be awesome. It's smart for Sony to be sending out so many keys for the beta, because that game's lack of first-person firearm fun will probably make it a tough sell to what I envision as the typical PS3 owner. Word-of-mouth from people who have touched it will probably be more effective than any TV advertising they could do, because when you see video or screens of it, it just kind of looks like a really floaty platformer with bad photos of Rick Astley in it. So consider this the latest word-of-mouth on LBP...

Dude, that game's probably going to be amazing.
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Posted by Jeff
The only word is... Keighley!
Last week I had the opportunity to head down to Los Angeles and tape an episode of GameTrailers' regular panel show, Bonus Round. In this episode, host Geoff Keighley talks to myself, Shane Satterfield, and Michael Pachter about this year's big games. Expect to hear Wii Music used as a punchline in the second installment!

The episode is posted in four installments. The first installment is now available, and covers a few of the big shooters due out this year. Check it out and be sure to check out GT for the rest of the parts as they're posted. I had a great time doing it, and Mandy the make-up artist did a good job of making me not look like I had stayed up most of the night and had just stepped off of a plane. Considering what she had to work with, it was practically a miracle.

But enough about me, let's talk about us. Or, at least, let's talk about the Tokyo Game Show.

The posse is leaving for Tokyo tomorrow morning. We'll leave San Francisco on Monday morning and arrive in Japan on Tuesday afternoon. We'll be in town for around a week, and we'll be posting videos and regular, practically daily podcasts for the duration of the trip. I say "practically" because between jet lag and time differences, anything is possible.

This guy right here is pretty stoked about Giancarlo's Death Star level.
We'll be taking in the sights here and there, I'll almost certainly buy a used game or two, and we'll be running rampant all over the show floor at the Tokyo Game Show. I'll be especially interested to see what, if anything, Namco has to say about home versions of Tekken 6. Capcom will have new Resident Evil 5 to show, Sony is announcing a ton of new games... my point is that it should be an exciting show.

I should already be finished packing, but today has been very slow-going, largely due to the LittleBigPlanet beta. Remember how I've been saying that I've yet to have my "moment" with that game that makes me totally understand why people are going nuts over it. Well, I think I finally had it today. That game's going to be awesome. It's smart for Sony to be sending out so many keys for the beta, because that game's lack of first-person firearm fun will probably make it a tough sell to what I envision as the typical PS3 owner. Word-of-mouth from people who have touched it will probably be more effective than any TV advertising they could do, because when you see video or screens of it, it just kind of looks like a really floaty platformer with bad photos of Rick Astley in it. So consider this the latest word-of-mouth on LBP...

Dude, that game's probably going to be amazing.
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Posted by Not_Rage

You guys should do a podcast on the plane

Posted by Krelle

So, will there be a TGS Giant Bomb Party?!

Lets drink, Jeff!
Posted by chililili

yeah join the high mile club!

Posted by Jeff

The logistics of figuring out a good place to have people get together in Japan have been getting the better of us so far. Once we get in and get a better lay of the land and figure out our schedule, we might try to throw something together. Probably in or close to Shinjuku. If you have any good bar recommendations, Krelle, feel free to drop me a PM.

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Posted by shockwave

How in the world do you guys afford a trip to Japan?

Oh, and the first episode of the Bonus Round was hilarious at the end.

Posted by Paradigmer

TGS coverage 08 is go!

Posted by joslop500

Nice to see you in the Bonus Round Jeff, and looking forward to the TGS coverage.

Posted by AndrewB

LittleBigPlanet is going to have a huuuuge word of mouth boost. I've heard nothing but amazing things from everyone who has gotten a chance to play that game. I know it makes me really wish I could justify buying that last major console of this generation.

Also, word of more podcasts is a very good thing. It gives me something to listen to at work.

Posted by EightBitWarrior

Saw the first part of the Bonus Round. Cool stuff.

Hopefully you guys give out your PS3 tags so we can check out levels you make.

Posted by MrMuise

I recommend mixing the Chinese and Japanese history and culture and ask citizens about the Ming dynasty for hilarious results.

Posted by Wright

hmm the bonus round was pretty interesting..hopefully the other installments are released soon =)

Posted by Homeslice

LBP has Jeff's blessing.

K. That's pretty sweet.

Posted by zoozilla

The one thing that GameTrailers has sorely lacked up to this point is Jeff Gerstmann action.

Now, that void is filled.

Posted by Terrell

Little Big Planet still looks kind of meh to me!....

Posted by CHAIRMANRAPEAPE

I love you, Tokyo Bus Guide!

Posted by Claude

Thanks for the word up.

Posted by Mourne

Just watched it; it was a great watch, for sure. I hope Jeff or some of the other GiantBomb guys make more appearances on the show. It's nice to see them in that kind of mixed-panel situation.

Posted by majnuker

Wow, you were the funnest guy on that whole panel. Every one of those guys was so serious, but you were there to just have fun. Go Gerstmann, Go!!

Posted by PapaLazarou

Giantbomb should do these kind of things because I really liked the Warhammer Online one them two guys did on that Sofa.

However I hate Gametrailers because theres tooo many whining PS3 fanbois on that site and its like they like the platform more than the games :\

Posted by SLE4ZY

Enjoy TGS Jeff. I hope to hear some good game news. Just saw the bonus round and was surprised to see you their. Awesome show and the ending was funny. I personally cant wait for Gears 2

Posted by PufferFiz

You guys might want to think about bring some extra cash.  the yen to USD is down to a dismal 103.4. hopefully it does back up.  Thought id point that out.

besides that have fun! the timing would have been great for me to go but i dont have the cash so ill be home.

Posted by MrKlorox

heh... Geoff called you Gertzmann... off to a wonderful start.

EDIT: Kinda surprised Far Cry 2 was mentioned so late and so little (well in part one). It is actually looking more interesting than Fallout 3... and this comes form a casual Far Cry player and a Fallout 1&2 fanatic (albeit not an Elder Scrolls fanatic). STALKER let me look at the FPS genre from more of an RPG standpoint (without the over RPG saturation one gets form Elder Scrolls or the upcoming Fallout3), and FC2 looks to do a lot of things STALKER failed to accomplish. However I have a feeling the perfect FPS with the right balance of RPG and RTS elements is a few years out.

Posted by Carlsen

Noone mentioned Dead Space.. It's just around the corner, and looks stunning.

Posted by oobs

now the dude with the glasses is like a guy who predicts the future...by the looks..it looks like he hasn't been so accurate with his predictions.....oh and the installments are released weekly...so part 2 next week

Posted by TheFrostedGamer

Great video, Jeff. I have to be honest and say the best game I played in 2007/08 was Call of Duty 4. So yeah, Call of Duty 5 and Fallout 3 are my top picks. I think we all have a soft spot for Farcry because the original PC version was pretty awesome (single player anyway), so *maybe* Farcry 2 will be good. Ironically it could potentially turn out better than Crysis - I found Crysis to be criminally overrated (and I'm a huge fan of original Farcry). Gears 2 will be a good game technically, but not anything special I don't think. I just recently played Gears 1 on PC and I found myself losing interest in it after a week. Also I didn't enjoy using any gun but the pistol. Yeah, you read that right.

Posted by scurrybot

the bonus round episodes are way to short and GT are really milking the may 30 min of total footage, releasing it in bit over a full month. better to wait until its up on the site in its entirety. im stoked about the tgscasts, have fun guys.

Posted by get2sammyb

GEOFF KEIGHLEY AND JEFF GERSTMANN! *explodes*

Posted by BenderUnit22

I wanted to punch Keighley everytime he misspelled your name. But it was an interesting discussion, though I was surprised you'd pick CoD: WaW over Gears 2 knowing your distaste for WW2 shooters.

Posted by Daneder

Gametrailers is one of my favorite gaming websites, so I was glad to see you make an appearence there. Can't wait to see the GiantBomb TGS coverage! 

Posted by Trnck

Jeff, You have to shave.

Posted by The_Icon

Awesome, even u r experiencing LBP flue.

Posted by Jimbo_N

Alright. Adding Keighley to the long list of people that cant say "Gerstmann". sigh... He so totally messed it up and said something totally in between Gerstmann and Gertsmann (Gertsststmann) looking totally ridiculous while doing so. Shame on him!

Posted by Pierce

"He so totally messed it up and said something totally in between Gerstmann and Gertsmann (Gertsststmann) "

It's a fine line we walk nowadays NOT to confuse Jeff Gerstmann with his robotic evil twin, Jeff Gutsman.  Someone has got to stop the nefarious robot in its evil plans, before it's too late...

Posted by Cleric

Yes, LBP is going to be pretty awesome. It took me some time to realize this as well.

Posted by Venatio

I'm looking forward to be seeing all the coverage

And the Bonus Round episodes are good too

Posted by MK24ever

@ PapaLazarou

True, just like the X360 fanboys do... ohh wait...

The reason why there are so many "whining PS3 fanbois" is because that site is very biased, the amount of times they tried to make PS3 look bad but were discovered doing that  is just unbelievable.

They don't make journalism, they are just an harm of Microsoft marketing, the editor in chief is the biggest known X360 fanboy, and I don't need to explain why, just listen the guy in the "invisible Walls" podcast, it's like the guy is having pleasure insulting Sony, PS3 and PS3 gamers.

Posted by EpicBenjamin

I just wish all fanboys could calm down and realize it's all opinions;

Some people look forward to Gears 2, others Resistance 2. While others is looking forward for multi-platform games like Far Cry 2. They aren't trying to piss off anyone, they are stating their opinions on games. 

Posted by Crono

I don't normally watch this web-show, but, I really enjoyed it, Gerstmann or not.  I like the factoids on the side although none were all too interesting, I can see the potential.  I thought it was both entertaining and informative.  While I want CoD:W@W, GoW2 and L4D, I think I am just going to settle for L4D to start... I will be playing Fallout 3 so much that I won't really have time to think about the other 2, and I am certain they will stay popular and fun on Live throughout the year, ensuring that I will have fun with them all the same no matter when I purchase them.

Posted by TDot

It's probably best for you guys not to mention "Giant Bomb" on the airplane.

Posted by LordAndrew

"Word-of-mouth from people who have touched it will probably be more effective than any TV advertising they could do, because ."
Finish your damn sentences, Jeff!

Posted by LordAndrew
get2sammyb
on Oct. 6, 2008
GEOFF KEIGHLEY AND JEFF GERSTMANN! *explodes*

There's actually an ishdition of the HotSpot that had Geoff Keighley on it. I'd look for it if I wasn't so damn lazy.
Posted by Media_Master

yup

Posted by KingOfIceland

@ Lord Andrew:

here's the ish-dish with Geoff:
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6151739/index.html

Posted by dtran1212

cant wait for GB TGS coverage, and cant wait for LBP!!!

Posted by HairyToeKnuckles

And you and the rest of the panel showed what true Xbox fanboys you all are. Great job! I guess you all have a penchant for malfunctioning consoles.

I, for one, am super excited about Resistance 2. Fuck Gears of War 1.5. It looks like the same damn game!

Posted by Computerplayer1
HAIRYTOEKNUCKLES Said: "And you and the rest of the panel showed what true Xbox fanboys you all are. Great job! I guess you all have a penchant for malfunctioning consoles.

I, for one, am super excited about Resistance 2. Fuck Gears of War 1.5. It looks like the same damn game!"
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Hairytoeknuckles:
Can you explain to me why sony fanboys think that everyone on the planet is in some massive conspiracy to only cover and/or talk about 360 games? I've seen a lot of people complaining about this on multiple gaming websites and it seems a bit ridiculous. If there's lots of good news about certain games, more so perhaps than other games from other systems...why would you try and put together an article or discussion on the latter?
Posted by DavidSnakes

HairyToeKnuckles


You're pretty fucking stupid

Posted by Gamer_152

Practically daily podcasts? This is gonna be awesome.

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Posted by PLWolf

Just think, they're still on the plane right now. 14 hour flight, doh!
Hopefully they do put up a "Just got to the Hotel, don't know what's going on" Podcast later tonight. lol

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