The idea behind E3 was to showcase the latest and brightest games of 2012, but there are always a few games that disappoint us. Some games on our list made serious changes to their formula, and not for the better. Other games took center stage at E3 when they shouldn’t have. There were many games at E3, but here is our top five list of disappointments.


In its early days, THQ was best known as a kids game maker working with brands from Nickelodeon and Disney based on Hollywood TV shows and movies. But the Hollywood licensing business has dried up with the higher costs of development and the advances of smartphones and tablets (where those licenses still thrive). THQ isn’t exiting the games business, as had been rumored a few weeks ago. Instead, the game company is exiting the kids games business in favor of successful franchises like Saints Row.


I consider myself a pinball enthusiast.  Hell, how else could you explain my addiction to Zen Pinball 3D since its release last week?  Or, for that matter, my editorial that talks about the sheer importance of a rock and roll pinball machine with Stern Pinball’s upcoming AC/DC table?  And every time I’m in San Francisco or Las Vegas, I find myself visiting vintage arcades just to get a good game of flippers going.  That’s the sort of curiosity that led me to purchase 101 Pinball World in Nintendo’s eShop for the DS/3DS…a purchase I have since regretted.


Have you ever wanted to know virtually everything there ever was that went into creating one of the worst movies ever made? Do you just yearn to know why normally smart people make some stupid decisions that result in a hot steaming mess of personified WTF? Do you at all wax nostalgic for the 90's, a time when bad movies had some type of special I don't know what that make them somehow infinitely enjoyable in a way that science has as of yet failed to quantify? Then baby, do I have an interview to show you.


This years Comic Con San Diego is packed with dozens of hot shows, some returning and other making their debut appearance. They're coming with cast, crew, sneak peaks, and an Q&A session for fans to get their burning questions answered. Take a break from the demos at gaming booths, and stop by one of the telvision panels! With the final list online, here are just some of the shows (in no particular order) we can't wait to see at Comic Con.


Disney easily had the most beautiful and unique booth design at the show hands down.  It was constructed to appear as a public park, a coffee shop, and a modern home that was about the size of my apartment (the kitchen was bigger for sure!).


Games based on movies generally don't inspire much confidence, but all that can change with the right developer. High Moon Studios, known for the fairly well received Transformers: War for Cybertron, is holding the reigns for the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie tie-in. Given High Moon Studios' love for the Transformers franchise, it does inspire a certain hope that this is a move tie-in worth playing. Given a quick hands-on with the game, I got to see if that hope was well-founded.

 If there's one person you don't want to cross in the courtroom, it would have to be Phoenix Wright. He and his assistant Maya Fey can definitely put any case to rest once they put enough elbow grease into it. While he has been winning court cases on the Nintendo DS, Phoenix Wright has made plans to take his talents elsewhere. On Capcom's blog, it has been announced that there will be a Phoenix Wright movie out in Japan, expected to premiere in the Spring of 2012.

 Some people don't have the patience to wait until they are old enough to buy things that are for mature audiences. From video games to music, there is a lot of explicit content meant for older audiences, yet younger people manage to get their hands on it. In a recent undercover shopping survey by the Federal Trade Commission, video game retailers were found to be the best at enforcing the rating system and preventing sales to underage teenagers.

With Nintendo 3DS now launched and available around the globe and selling like Apple’s iPad 2, new analysis has revealed what the costs of components inside the new autostereoscopic (glasses free) 3D device are. According to a preliminary physical dissection of the product conducted by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service, when the $2.54 manufacturing cost of the 3DS is added in, the total cost to produce the portable gaming system rises to $103.25. This compares to a retail cost of $249.99 in the United States.

With the launch of the Nintendo 3DS today, we get an exclusive hands-on preview of the Nintendo 3DS 3D portable game console from Nintendo to check out its features including its glasses-free 3D displays as well as the 3D camera that 3DS owners will be able to take 3D pictures with and look at in the 3D display. We also get a hands-on preview of Face Raiders, an augmented reality game that takes advantage of the 3D camera, and Nintendogs + Cats. Check out the exclusive first look preview in this video.