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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.


I just have something to share with Namco right now.  If you really want your anime franchises to stand out as a fighting game, call in Capcom and have them do Dragon Ball Z vs. Naruto.  It’d easily be the best crossover game since the old Jump Superstars games on DS.  Sigh…it’ll probably be a while before something like that is even considered, so for the time being, we’ll manage with the 3D fighters Namco has to offer.  Its latest, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations, continues to buck the trend, and, when it comes to its key audience, is quite effective.


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.


When it came out a few years ago, Lego Batman struck a chord with both avid comic book fans and younger players, introducing the fun Lego dynamic to the DC Comics universe and allowing players to fight for both good and evil.  The game became an instant hit, so it should be no surprise that WB Games has announced a sequel, with Travellers Tales once again handling development.  What is surprising, though, is that the action isn't just limited to the Dark Knight's universe this time around.


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!).


The E3 2011 Nintendo Press Event began with a celebration of the Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary, complete with an orchestra and choir playing some classic tunes from the game as well as a future theme found in the latest entry into the Legend of Zelda series, Skyward Sword. Nintendo promised big things to come for their existing handheld DS, DSi, and 3DS systems, but everyone was waiting for one thing: the debut of the Wii U. Here are a few highlights from this morning's event...


The Nintendo 3DS was a big hit at E3 2011. They had many 3Ds’s set up making a quick moving line and booth babes that knew everything about the product. I was one of the first in line to try out games set to be released later this year, but when I turned around I saw hundreds of people swarming into the booth behind me. I consider one of the lucky ones to have got my hands on one of these sought on devices.


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.


LOS ANGELES – Beating Nintendo and its upcoming Nintendo 3DS to the punch, Los Angeles-based Master Image, the second largest 3D digital cinema technology company, showed off its auto-stereoscopic 3D technology at the 3D Gaming Summit on a Hitachi Wooo mobile phone. The phone has been shipping in Japan and has already become the number one mobile phone there with a few hundred thousand devices sold since its introduction. Master Image’s auto-stereoscopic technology allows users to see 3D without the use of the typical 3D polarized or anaglyph red and blue glasses. The device will play movies and games in 3D.


Ubisoft today announced that Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands will ship May 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, the PSP, the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DS systems, and Windows-based PCs. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands expands the Prince of Persia franchise with a new storyline complete with new characters and new powers over nature and time.


We are coming to you live from SpikeTV's Video Game Awards 2009 in Los Angeles with host Jo Garcia, Playboy's 2008 Cybergirl of the Year. She's hot and our coverage will be hot so stay tuned here as we beam to you live video reports from the VGAs as we interview the top developers and, of course, celebrities on the Red Carpet, Backstage and in the Green Room. It all starts at 8pm Eastern Time.

12.05.09 will debut a new online videogame award show called the "Inside Gaming Awards." The awards will take place on December 11th 2009 in Santa Monica, the night before the Spike TV Video Game Awards (VGAs), and will provide a celebration and alternative look at the recent year in gaming. The "Inside Gaming Awards" has been created to specifically appeal to the vast community of global gamers that are online as evidenced by the 60 million monthly video views that delivers.