Konami Hosting Screening Parties for Its Sure-to-be-Insane E3 2011 Press Conference

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Posted by Alex (2293 posts) -
Konami's E3 press conferences are The Room of E3 press conferences. Each year is like some magically delicious disaster of seemingly unrehearsed ludicrousness that almost morphs into a kind of bizarre, surrealist performance art. After the Rock Revolution debacle of 2008, I thought they could reach no greater peak, but 2010 somehow offered up an even wider array of non-stop insanity, most notably with the introduction of both Tak Fujii and Naoki Maeda and whatever the hell was going on here. Then again, at least there were luchadores...

 Can Konami come up with someone more huggably bonkers than Naoki Maeda? Probably not, but I can't wait to find out!
So, what could possibly be in store this year? No idea yet, but Konami is banking that you'll want to experience the awkwardness firsthand. Konami plans to promote its unique brand of ramshackle press conferencing--which will actually take place on June 2nd, five days before the show officially kicks off--by setting up live viewing parties for the event at cities around the globe, including, but not limited to, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

== TEASER == Yes, for real. You and your friends can attend a real life local screening of the Konami E3 2011 press conference and participate along with the rest of the audience as they shout hilarious callbacks at the screen, like "ONE MILLION TROOPS!!!" and a creepily whispered "Extreeeeeeeeeme..." Just don't be the jerk who yells "Riiiiiiidge Racer!!!" That's like shouting Rocky Horror lines at a Birdemic screening.

If you're not in one of the participating cities, or just don't fancy the idea of sitting in a room full of Konami fans while watching trailers and presentations full of long, excruciating pauses where laughter is presumably expected, you can also stream the conference online and enjoy the hilarity all by your lonesome. Regardless of method, you should almost assuredly tune in. Maybe this will be the year when Konami announces it's all been a gag, that the previous press conferences were purposely weird in service of a long-term, Kaufman-esque black comic prank. How great would that be?
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#1 Posted by Alex (2293 posts) -
Konami's E3 press conferences are The Room of E3 press conferences. Each year is like some magically delicious disaster of seemingly unrehearsed ludicrousness that almost morphs into a kind of bizarre, surrealist performance art. After the Rock Revolution debacle of 2008, I thought they could reach no greater peak, but 2010 somehow offered up an even wider array of non-stop insanity, most notably with the introduction of both Tak Fujii and Naoki Maeda and whatever the hell was going on here. Then again, at least there were luchadores...

 Can Konami come up with someone more huggably bonkers than Naoki Maeda? Probably not, but I can't wait to find out!
So, what could possibly be in store this year? No idea yet, but Konami is banking that you'll want to experience the awkwardness firsthand. Konami plans to promote its unique brand of ramshackle press conferencing--which will actually take place on June 2nd, five days before the show officially kicks off--by setting up live viewing parties for the event at cities around the globe, including, but not limited to, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

== TEASER == Yes, for real. You and your friends can attend a real life local screening of the Konami E3 2011 press conference and participate along with the rest of the audience as they shout hilarious callbacks at the screen, like "ONE MILLION TROOPS!!!" and a creepily whispered "Extreeeeeeeeeme..." Just don't be the jerk who yells "Riiiiiiidge Racer!!!" That's like shouting Rocky Horror lines at a Birdemic screening.

If you're not in one of the participating cities, or just don't fancy the idea of sitting in a room full of Konami fans while watching trailers and presentations full of long, excruciating pauses where laughter is presumably expected, you can also stream the conference online and enjoy the hilarity all by your lonesome. Regardless of method, you should almost assuredly tune in. Maybe this will be the year when Konami announces it's all been a gag, that the previous press conferences were purposely weird in service of a long-term, Kaufman-esque black comic prank. How great would that be?
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#2 Edited by MooseyMcMan (11276 posts) -

Rad. 


Also, there is no situation where shouting Rocky Horror is not appropriate. Always be shouting "Rocky Horror!"
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#3 Posted by chogi (555 posts) -

EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME

#4 Posted by evilrazer (489 posts) -

Oh, I accidentally deleted my first comment. Finally I got the quest done.

#5 Posted by Jolt92 (1558 posts) -

The only thing I'm looking forward to more about e3 than this, is the new Nintendo console.

#6 Posted by Stackboy (503 posts) -

I just watched the highlights of last years conference yesterday. Will be tuning into this for sure.

#7 Posted by Mikemcn (6996 posts) -

One Million...

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#8 Posted by FritzDude (2265 posts) -
@chogi said:
"
                EXTREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEME
            "

#9 Posted by MjHealy (1859 posts) -

I have never watched any of the Konami press conferences or see any clips but it looks fantastic.

#10 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Gotta love The Room reference, since it's very easy to imagine Tak Fuji delivering lines from that movie.

#11 Edited by RobertOrri (1138 posts) -

Konami's show was the highlight of E3 2010. I will not be missing this.

#12 Posted by Vexed (313 posts) -

I don't care what else they do, if they squeeze in an announcement of Suikoden VI (on HD consoles) I would be a very happy man.

#13 Posted by Branthog (5583 posts) -

The chick on the left, in the green shirt, is kinda cute.

#14 Posted by Hampe (177 posts) -

I'm hoping for Kojima to finally go out and say that they're developing Zone of the Enders 3. BELIEVE.

#15 Posted by craigbo180 (1739 posts) -

Swag.

#16 Posted by Hef (1140 posts) -

Where is this Los Angeles Toronto?  I've never heard of it.

...Sorry Alex, I couldn't resist.

But seriously it's kinda weird their press conference is so early.  Maybe it'll be 5 days long and run into the keynote!  A man can dream.

#17 Posted by NickLott (793 posts) -

Somehow during the ferver for Metal Gear Solid 4, Konami seemed important enough to give a dedicated E3 press conference to. It's long past that time and Konami seems to be more out place year after year. 

#18 Edited by RIDEBIRD (1233 posts) -

I saw last years conference live, and I laughed near nonstop. The whole thing was so incredibly awkward and amazing.


Creepy serial killer guy that was standing behind dudes was AMAZING. I hope they bring him this year.
#19 Posted by natetodamax (19212 posts) -

I love how Alex tries to sneak in as many Screened links in his GB articles as possible.

#20 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

So...which cities? Probably not Halifax *sigh*

#21 Posted by Malakhii (1443 posts) -
@nicklott said:
" Somehow during the ferver for Metal Gear Solid 4, Konami seemed important enough to give a dedicated E3 press conference to. It's long past that time and Konami seems to be more out place year after year.  "
Well we should have some more info about Metal Gear rising, if that tickles your fancy. I really hope they announce a new home console Suikoden game. That would really be awesome. 
#22 Posted by Ezekeilpurger (322 posts) -

ONE MIRRIUN VIEWERS

#23 Posted by RobertOrri (1138 posts) -
@Branthog:  Um....
#24 Posted by Oddface (85 posts) -

Hope we're not building this up to much. If it's just a decent press conference I'll be so disappointed. it NEEDS to be train wreck! Don't let us down Konami!

#25 Posted by ZmillA (2273 posts) -

insane

#26 Posted by kollay (1933 posts) -

Suikoden VI... Suikoden VI.... SUIKODEN VI...


FUCKING GOD DAMMIT GIVE ME SUIKODEN VI
#27 Edited by MikkaQ (10316 posts) -

 "ONE MILLION TROOPS!!!" and a creepily whispered "Extreeeeeeeeeme..." 

You know alex, I came darting in here to write just that, damn you. 


I am so down for whatever insanity they have this year, I loved their press conference last E3, it was probably the best part about it, given that it was the only one that needed to be seen, and not explained. 


EDIT: Sweet jesus, Toronto is on the list. Well I know what I'm going to get drunk and go visit on the 2nd.
#28 Posted by Googly (245 posts) -

One Million Troops.

#29 Posted by Krataur (371 posts) -

Come on ZoE3!

#30 Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2130 posts) -
@Krataur said:
" Come on ZoE3! "
one can hope...
#31 Posted by Metal_Mills (3010 posts) -

One MIRRON TRUUUPS

#32 Posted by Xpgamer7 (2384 posts) -

The Room is a good descriptor. I have no idea how they could top that.

#33 Posted by GetBentTheVideoGame (261 posts) -

It could only possibly be lame now. I was there.

#34 Posted by Niche (87 posts) -
#35 Posted by S0ndor (2716 posts) -

I was pleased to discover that his GB page is the first thing that pops up when you google him.

#36 Posted by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -

Man I remember last years Konami press conference, or rather, I only caught the end of it, but it was still crazy. Afterwards the "some japanese guy" streaming it started up a vocaloid program that read all the comments in the chat out loud. It took a while before someone realized and when everyone got it and things just went nuts.


Good times.
#37 Posted by zitosilva (1840 posts) -

Is "Sau Paulo" supposed to be São Paulo?

#38 Posted by TadThuggish (908 posts) -

Never seen these clips before.  The failure at Rock Revolution was funny enough, but when she said "and that concludes our presentation" I fucking lost it.

#39 Posted by Crushed (884 posts) -

I'm still disappointed that nobody at GB at the time covered last year's. There were a few references afterwords, but nothing big. It could have been its own Bombcast's worth of content.

#40 Posted by jmic75 (265 posts) -

There is no way they can outdo last years, might as well just give up now :p

#41 Posted by lokey013 (109 posts) -

Painfully entertaining....but makin sure I see this....most definite!!!

#42 Posted by Animasta (14711 posts) -
@Niche said:
"
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still makes me laugh
#43 Edited by Moofey (65 posts) -

Screening parties... so that they can be an even bigger laughing stock this year?

#44 Posted by Pickingwings (182 posts) -

Crossing fingers for Rock Revolution Two.

#45 Posted by FlipperDesert (2096 posts) -

Last year's was the most hilariously awkward thing I'd seen in a long time. I look forward to this one!

#46 Posted by dvorak (1497 posts) -

We can't forget "press X to suck."

#47 Posted by fox01313 (5079 posts) -

Guessing this year will be two million troops, something about Japanese schoolgirls with chainsaws riding bears with people dressed up in panda mascot outfits morris dancing while the team who did the Katamari games fills the sky with all kinds of nonsense exclusive for the n-gage & maybe the virutal boy.

#48 Edited by AjayRaz (12440 posts) -

  


"....hi" 
#49 Posted by Sil3n7 (1192 posts) -

Last year was incredibly entertaining for all the wrong reasons.

#50 Posted by TheHT (11507 posts) -

I dunno if I could contain myself at one of the viewing parties. Their conferences are TERRIBLE.

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