"Here at EA, we do things differently."

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#1 Edited by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

No fancy stages, no celebrities.

And then, they use the fuckin' Inception music (or maybe a rip off of it?), to do a super dramatic reveal of 3 NFL stars, who make some dramatic 3 way speech. Oh, and I think Madden was in the trailer playing behind them, quoting a presidential speech, but I wasn't listening or really paying attention because the hell with football.

Nice going EA....

So I'm curious, what was everyone's "OH FUCK YOU" moment/moments at the conferences? Everyone seems most interested in the "magical" moments, like finding out that not only will the NGP be REASONABLY priced, but actually competitively priced. But I want to know what pissed you off, bummed you out, or just made you laugh at how unintentionally silly something is.

Another one for me was the announcement of the Wii U name. Me and the guys were on skype watching together, and when they (slowly...) made their way towards the name, and you could tell that's what they were working towards, I said "Yeah, they'll call it the you!" in a very joking manner, of course. Then, Reg started using "you". My response at first was... "Wait... what? No... Noooo...." , but he didn't stop. He got more into it. Me and the guys joined together in a "No, Reggie, DON'T DO IT! NO!" As he marched on. And then, finally, he revealed the truth. The next Home Console from Nintendo would be called... The Wii U...

Oh, and apparently there was a Prop 8 joke?

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#2 Posted by N7 (4144 posts) -

That jackass at Ubisoft. What the hell was his deal?

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#3 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

The Charlie Sheen joke at the Ubisoft conference. Oy vey.

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#4 Posted by PieGuy (332 posts) -

That was hilariously bad.
Ubisoft jackass was the worst though, what was he doing!

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#5 Posted by Crash_Happy (798 posts) -

@N7: Mr Caffeine? It's not his fault no one ever told him it was his nick name for bad reasons.

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#6 Posted by jorbear (2570 posts) -
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#7 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

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#8 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@N7: haha, I love Ubisoft press conferences! They are always hilariously awful, despite having probably the strongest line up.

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#9 Posted by RTSlord (1233 posts) -
@jorbear said:
whoever made that is such an asshole, but i love it for some sick reason
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#10 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@RTSlord: I love it. I could take a nice bubble bath to this.

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#11 Posted by S0ndor (2717 posts) -
@jorbear said:
Must... kill... Obama...
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#12 Posted by Crixaliz (809 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this?
I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.
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#13 Posted by The_Nubster (2964 posts) -
@Crixaliz said:
@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.
Yeah, Sony has an official PlayStation-branded 3D TV (along with Resistance 3, a 6-foot HDMI cable and a pair of 3D glasses) that allows this. Only $499 too, not bad at all.
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#14 Edited by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

@Crixaliz said:

@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.

It has some flaws like lower resolution and it halves the frame rate so if you want each player to have a video in 30 fps the game needs to be able to render at 60 fps (each player gets half of the frames). But think about playing Portal 2 co-op in the same room.

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#15 Posted by Jimbo (10447 posts) -

@MordeaniisChaos said:

Me and the guys...

This was my 'OH FUCK YOU' moment.

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#16 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5012 posts) -

Mr. Caffeine is probably one of the worst things I have ever seen in an E3 conference.

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#17 Posted by citizenkane (10870 posts) -

Captain Caffeine by far.

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#18 Posted by Crixaliz (809 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:

@Crixaliz said:

@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.

It has some flaws like lower resolution and it halves the frame rate so if you want each player to have a video in 30 fps the game needs to be able to render at 60 fps (each player gets half of the frames). But think about playing Portal 2 co-op in the same room.

That sounds awesome! I can totally deal with having half the frame-rate if i get twice the screen.
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#19 Posted by Dylabaloo (1573 posts) -

@The_Nubstersaid:

@Crixaliz said:
@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.
Yeah, Sony has an official PlayStation-branded 3D TV (along with Resistance 3, a 6-foot HDMI cable and a pair of 3D glasses) that allows this. Only $499 too, not bad at all.

Too bad it only comes with one pair of glasses, 3D glasses ain't cheap its gonna add another 100-150 to the price tag; if you want to take use of the split-screen.

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#20 Posted by Jaize (51 posts) -

@Mr_Skeleton: They're employing this in cars now, enabling sat nav and other functions for different viewers of the screen. I was waiting for it to transfer to the gaming industry.

Being one of those people who can't see 3D... this all really sucks.

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#21 Posted by ShaneDev (1702 posts) -
I thought it was funny that everyone who appeared on the Sony stage was panting heavily. I know those guys probably aren't used to doing demos in front of a few thousand people directly and millions on TV and internet but the way almost all of them were doing it it was like they ran to the show. Great job Jeremy was pretty funny too. The total confusion over what exactly Nintendo was reveling was funny and weird. They never actually showed the new hardware throughout the whole thing. And the cringe worthy stuff was the EA Sims game for facebook and every single Kinect game MS had but especially the Star Wars kinect which just looked so bad. That ME3 Kinect integration looked really pointless and goofy. As bad as Mr Caffeine  was he at least went form game to game quickly albeit really badly.
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#22 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@Jimbo: lol ok?

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#23 Posted by Jimbo (10447 posts) -

@MordeaniisChaos: ;)

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#24 Posted by Marz (5902 posts) -
@jorbear said:

oh man i thought there would be like some beat that was gonna be playing after a few times... but it's just 10 fucking minutes of nauseating doodling.
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#25 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19302 posts) -

Mr. Caffeine was simply disgusting to watch

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#26 Posted by Azteck (7416 posts) -

The whole Nintendo conference, really.

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#27 Posted by EvilTwin (3316 posts) -

The guy in the background was supposed to be a Vince Lombardi lookalike actually.  Other than that I completely agree.
 
  

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#28 Posted by plop1920 (497 posts) -

I didn't think Mr. Caffeine was too bad. I mean none of his jokes were funny, but it was much better than having to watch some awkward nervous nerd up there

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#29 Posted by Synaptic (313 posts) -

I'm depressed that I missed Mr. Caffeine...

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#30 Edited by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

Yeah they do things differently, put installation limits on every pc game they make.

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#31 Posted by The_Nubster (2964 posts) -
@Dylabaloo said:

@The_Nubstersaid:

@Crixaliz said:
@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.
Yeah, Sony has an official PlayStation-branded 3D TV (along with Resistance 3, a 6-foot HDMI cable and a pair of 3D glasses) that allows this. Only $499 too, not bad at all.

Too bad it only comes with one pair of glasses, 3D glasses ain't cheap its gonna add another 100-150 to the price tag; if you want to take use of the split-screen.

Of course. My girlfriend enjoys watching me play games and I don't want to have to drop another huge chunk of money just so she can sit over my shoulder and watch. I won't be picking one up, but even with having to purchase an extra pair of glasses, it's still a fairly good deal. 
 
Did they say something about each pair of PS-branded glasses costing only $70 or am I making that up myself?
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#32 Posted by Dylabaloo (1573 posts) -

@The_Nubster: Its good that there trying to make strides towards getting people into 3D which Sony have clearly put a lot money into, but it still has ways to go; I still know people who don't have HD tv's! (Plus all this 3D fatigue in cinemas) I didn't see anything about the Sony 3D goggles but it sure would make sense.

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#33 Posted by Barrock (3861 posts) -

What exactly happened at the Ubi conference?

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#34 Posted by jorbear (2570 posts) -

@Synaptic said:

I'm depressed that I missed Mr. Caffeine...

I'm depressed that I saw Mr. Caffeine.

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#35 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -

I was rather annoyed at the "you're welcome" barb by Jack Tretton during the apology over the PSN outage, which otherwise seemed heartfelt.  C'mon, Jack, we know media types are bottom-feeders who thrive on negativity, no need to give them even more of it.

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#36 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5904 posts) -

@YukoAsho said:

I was rather annoyed at the "you're welcome" barb by Jack Tretton during the apology over the PSN outage, which otherwise seemed heartfelt. C'mon, Jack, we know media types are bottom-feeders who thrive on negativity, no need to give them even more of it.

I thought it was perfect. There needed to be a breaking of the ice. It was, as he said, an elephant in the room. And beyond that, there wasn't humor involved. I think without that, things would have been a bit more awkward and it would have felt like they were dwelling. Sony needs to put forward an optimistic, confident appearance. That I think gave it just enough of that to show they weren't just sorry, but convinced it wouldn't hold them back.

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#37 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -
@MordeaniisChaos said:

@YukoAsho said:

I was rather annoyed at the "you're welcome" barb by Jack Tretton during the apology over the PSN outage, which otherwise seemed heartfelt. C'mon, Jack, we know media types are bottom-feeders who thrive on negativity, no need to give them even more of it.

I thought it was perfect. There needed to be a breaking of the ice. It was, as he said, an elephant in the room. And beyond that, there wasn't humor involved. I think without that, things would have been a bit more awkward and it would have felt like they were dwelling. Sony needs to put forward an optimistic, confident appearance. That I think gave it just enough of that to show they weren't just sorry, but convinced it wouldn't hold them back.

That's actually a very good point, and well made.  Hadn't thought about it that way.
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#38 Posted by AuthenticM (4283 posts) -

Man... I regret not watching the Ubisoft briefing now.

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#39 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

@jorbear said:

It was only a matter of time.

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#40 Edited by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -
@Dylabaloo said:

@The_Nubstersaid:

@Crixaliz said:

@Mr_Skeleton said:

I actually really liked the fact that the 3D TV's can show to two player in the same room two diffrent screens. If you know a little about the technology you realize this is very simple but my mind was blown a little bit by never thinking about it.

Is anyone planning to actually do this? I remember some dev mentioned it a while back it sounded like the reality was years away.
Yeah, Sony has an official PlayStation-branded 3D TV (along with Resistance 3, a 6-foot HDMI cable and a pair of 3D glasses) that allows this. Only $499 too, not bad at all.

Too bad it only comes with one pair of glasses, 3D glasses ain't cheap its gonna add another 100-150 to the price tag; if you want to take use of the split-screen.

um, did you watch that entire presentation, they made new really cheap glasses for the tv too... well in comparison. they're like $60 a pair. not bad. 
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#41 Posted by Klaimore (1004 posts) -

@jorbearsaid:

I love my job I love my job I love my job...FUN!

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#42 Posted by madmax0412 (37 posts) -

Mr. Caffeine came off as a total d-bag. Who knows? He could be the nicest guy when he's not telling 'jokes' (the dick jokes and the crack about Charlie Sheen was groan-inducing) at gaming conventions and Mr. Caffeine is his alter-ego. I found myself getting annoyed even by his square shaped "I prefer drinking lattes" eyeglasses. And the doodly-doo segue to video? The worst. It seems like gaming companies have taken queues from rap and it's now a requirement for every publisher to have hypemen to not only pitch the game but simultaneously annoy the shit out of you. Mr. Caffeine is a poor man's Cliffy B.  
 
And to get back to one of the OP's main points -- did you also notice how after the EA dude stated they're not like other company's that trot out random celebs that shortly thereafter they then  proceeded to trot out random celebs like Lil Weezy and Drizzy Drake for the Fifa promo?

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#43 Posted by madmax0412 (37 posts) -

Yeeeeessssssssss! The Kinect actors are so awkward. I could barely watch those two dudes play the Kinect sports football game. We get it. The Kinect is very family and friend oriented. Seems like every one of these staged things is just way too strange. Real people don't act like this -- or do they? I have one that's gathering dust but I remain hopeful that after a year or so on the market we'll see some decent games. And there's a high probability that I'll check out a couple of these games. But my forking over a few bucks to buy these games has nothing to do with these demos. They are total cheese. 
 
Is it strange to anyone else that a lot of these companies have presenters mangling the english language? It's admirable and all that they're multilingual AND have the stones to deliver these presentations in front of huge audiences- heck I speak only one language. From the Ubisoft folks to the folks from Nintendo -- I dunno. This is totally un-pc but I'd think you'd want someone who speaks english reasonably well (and isn't a clown like Mr. Caffeine) to do the presentation. 

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#44 Posted by Brendan (8908 posts) -

I like football. I do not like Mr. Caffeine.

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#45 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -

  

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#46 Posted by Jadeskye (4392 posts) -

@YukoAsho said:

Thats the scariest thing i've ever seen.

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#47 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5195 posts) -

@Jaize said:

@Mr_Skeleton: They're employing this in cars now, enabling sat nav and other functions for different viewers of the screen. I was waiting for it to transfer to the gaming industry.

Being one of those people who can't see 3D... this all really sucks.

Actually when you split the screen in that way it can't be in 3D. The way this 3D technology works is that the right lense get one image and the left lense gets a different image just like real eyes. What they did here they just put two right lenses in one pair of glasses and two left lenses in the second pair so each person gets a 2D image but a different one. So you might not have a problem with this.

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#48 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -
@Mr_Skeleton said:

@Jaize said:

@Mr_Skeleton: They're employing this in cars now, enabling sat nav and other functions for different viewers of the screen. I was waiting for it to transfer to the gaming industry.

Being one of those people who can't see 3D... this all really sucks.

Actually when you split the screen in that way it can't be in 3D. The way this 3D technology works is that the right lense get one image and the left lense gets a different image just like real eyes. What they did here they just put two right lenses in one pair of glasses and two left lenses in the second pair so each person gets a 2D image but a different one. So you might not have a problem with this.

It'll probably be a bitch when the glasses' batteries start crapping out though.
 
 @ jadeskye 

Thats the scariest thing i've ever seen.


It gets worse.
 
  
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#49 Posted by Jaize (51 posts) -

@Mr_Skeleton: Thanks for the info, but alas my issue, as is the same for quite a few others, is that 3D technology in general is fine for about 15 minutes, and then I need to go a) vomit b) lie down for a few hours c) pass out.

I guess its one of those things about technology in its infancy, side effects arise that were unforeseen. Still, I hope at some point these effects can be negated.

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