The past two years have thrown off my expectations for E3 so much that I'm still having a hard time picturing what the big show is going to look like this year. It intent on recreating the size of "E3 Classic," but what about the spectacle? The blaring music, the flashing lights, the smoke machines, the aggressively disinterested booth babes, the bizarre z-list celebrity appearances, the opulent parties and the pricey hangovers they induce? I suppose we won't really know the full scope of it until we get down there and receive our OnLive-branded hotel room key cards, but we do know that G4 will be doing its part to bring the spectacle back to E3 in a way I can get behind.
If you've seen The King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Quarters, you've got all the necessary backstory. If not, well, you should, because it's an awesome, if craftily edited, documentary about a bad-luck case named Steve Wiebe and his attempt to break the world record in Donkey Kong. A title held, with some amount of machiavellian machinations, by Billy Mitchell, a hot-sauce mogul with an affinity for American flag ties and paranoid, sociopathic, egomaniacal ramblings.
While Steve never achieved a Donkey Kong score over the course of The King of Kong that Twin Galaxies, the self-appointed governing body for video-game top scores, would recognize, he's going to take another shot, live on G4, at E3 2009. Wiebe will be there, Twin Galaxies will be there, G4 will be there, and I hope to God that, at some point, Billy Mitchell will be there. As far as I'm concerned, this is better than WrestleMania.