The lights are on
Every summer, the E3 convention descends upon Los Angeles and gives gamers plenty to talk about for the next year. These talking points usually revolve around new game announcements or console reveals, but there are usually a handful of embarrassing or odd moments in the mix as well. Below, you'll find some of the odder and more embarrassing demonstrations in the recent years of E3.
In 2011, Ubisoft made the baffling decision to let their conference be hosted by some unfunny uncle you met at a friend's wedding reception. From "Tom Ca-lancy" to a repeated Wayne's World reference from 1992, a never-ending stream of unfunny and annoying sayings spewed from Mr. Caffeine's mouth during the conference.
Nintendo's 2008 Press Conference
If hardcore gamers were wary about the Wii in its first couple of years on the market, the 2008 press conference made it clear that they were no longer the Japanese publisher's intended audience. Between Cammie Dunaway's awkward rapport with snowboarder Shaun White, some goober named Ravi Drums flailing around like a moron, Nintendo's insistence that 2008 would be the "year of MotionPlus," the introduction of the WiiSpeak peripheral that went nowhere, and industry icon Shigeru Miyamoto prancing around pretending to play a flute, there was no shortage of awful moments from Nintendo's 2008 presser.
Jamie Kennedy Isn't Funny
Before launching into a series of tired "gamers are lame virgins" jokes, Jamie seems confused and asks a stagehand "Where are my jokes?" We were wondering the same thing, Jamie.
Kobe Plays NBA 2K12
From the moment Kobe Bryant walks on stage and says "Give me the remote. Give me the thing," everyone watching this conference knew that we were in for a useless celebrity cameo. A seemingly bored Bryant offers such insightful comments as "This is crazy" and "This game looks a little too real," and the presentation did little to get anyone excited about NBA 2K12's Move functionality.
In 2005, Sony revealed the conceptual design for the Playstation 3's controller. Shaped like some kind of metallic boomerang, it was met with near universal derision. By 2006, they had gone back to the drawing board and introduced the familiar-looking SixAxis to the relief of Playstation fans.
Sony's 2006 Press Conference
Like Nintendo in 2008, Sony's '06 presser was full of rough moments. The price was set ridiculously high, unexciting titles like Afrika, Eye of Judgment, and Genji 2 were shown off, and Sony tried to steal some thunder from Nintendo by introducing motion controller to the PS3's controller.
Rock Revolution Crash and Burn
Here's a tip: If you're going to show your game off to the press and public at E3, maybe you should know how to play it (or pick a more appropriate difficulty setting).
Konami's Insane 2010 Conference
I had the misfortune of attending this event live, and I spent most of it wondering if the convention center's water fountains had been spiked. Wacky dance numbers took up plenty of time, N3 designer Tak Fujii kept awkwardly milking the crowd, heads fell off their shoulders, and the room was invaded by masked luchadores at one point.
Keep an eye on the site next week, as we'll be sure to update you with the best (and worst) moments of E3 2013.
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i actually wanted those boomer kuwanger ps3 controllers
Some of these were so bad, I couldn't even watch them. Oh Kobe...
What ever happened to Mr. Caffeine?
My favorite has to be when Joel McHale was the spokesperson for a Ubisoft keynote where they announced Battle Tag, a laser tag-like game. The guys playing the game came into the theater where he was presenting, and he started hiding behind the podium saying things like "Oh no. Oh my. What is happening." Good stuff.
My personal opinion, that Nintendo 2008 conference was the absolute worst of them all. I was really wanting to get into the Wii at that time after being a Hardcore Nintendo fan my entire childhood (from the NES-N64)and I was hoping for something to get me to come back after (IMHO) the fail that was Gamecube.
Then he worst thing ever viewed on a public stage happened: The 2008 Nintendo E3 Press Conference... Needless to say it is a primary reason I've still been unable to go back to the big N to this day...
My favorite is Konami's conference xD
Why do developers and publishers keep doing this kind of stupid crap? Mr. Caffeine was a nightmare, Rock Revolution was just downright sad, and Sony's 2006 press conference just made me want an Xbox 360 more. Let's hope that these guys don't mess up as badly as they have before.
I hope for many more this year!
If Mr Caffeine be a rapper, he will be awarded Golden Raspberry Award plus trash and can thrown at his face..
I cringe the moment he said "doodaladoodaladoodaladoo"
I like you can tell this is a Dan article by the use of the word, "goober" to describe someone.
that 2008 nintendo press....cant imagine what it would have been like to witness that atrocity unfold
I played mr caffine www.youtube.com/watch on 3 tabs simultaneously...it was horrible...
To be fair, the PS3 one at least gave us "GIANT ENEMY CRAB".