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June 11
2014

E3 2014: Pac-Man Joins The Cast of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

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After Sal, Zach and I came off the high from the Smash Bros. Invitational (I’ll have more on that soon), Nintendo held a closed door Smash Bros. conference that brought some new information to light. For months, there have been countless rumors and debates on Smash Boards, Reddit and NeoGAF on what characters we’d expect to see at E3. After months of anticipation, Pac-Man was finally revealed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.  Get a glimpse of him in action in the video below.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Nintendo

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Today was the last of the big media briefings, so we finished it all off with Nintendo…from the comfort of the Media Lounge at the convention center. Rather than pack thousands of people into a huge hall, Nintendo (as you may know) decided to stream to millions over the internet, and I for one applaud the decision. Whether their games will be any good or not remains to be seen, but so far Nintendo is the winner of the five I went to and they have successfully convinced me to invest in a Wii U. Let’s take a look…

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Sony

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Waiting for Sony was the perfect inverse to waiting for Ubisoft: registration emails were valid as proof of media credentials, we could get in line and let in right away, and THEY SERVED FREE FOOD AND BEER! It was an untold joy when I got a Corona, some tacos, and some donuts into my system. Plus, we managed to snag some sweet seats up really close to the action. Even before the brief started, I was feeling much more positive about the whole situation…which I suspect was Sony’s intent all along. When your press is relaxed, full, and a little bit buzzed they’re gonna think  you hung the moon. Fortunately, several of the games they had to show were actually worth our while.

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June 11
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – EA and Ubisoft

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Next on the brief agenda was everyone’s favorite evil monolith, EA. We stopped and asked for directions and a helpful Microsoft representative told us that the bus in front of us would take us where we needed to go. We hopped on and were carted…to a hotel. Fortunately it wasn’t far from the EA venue, so we summoned an Uber SUV and $50 later all five of us were at the EA venue just a few minutes before it was due to start…literally across the street from where the Microsoft brief was. If that Microsoft rep had been in sight, I’d have slapped her so hard she’d have had to cross the street to go pick up her lips. Ugh. We moseyed upstairs, found a spot in front of a TV to park it, and watched the most underwhelming presentation we’d see all day.

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June 10
2014

E3 2014: Miis and Palutena Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

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Hey there fellow gaymers! Myself and the gaygamer E3 2014 team just watched the Nintendo Digital Event and we all were incredibly happy with what they showed us. Smiles came across all of our faces when we saw the Miis as playable characters. We were also given the release date for the 3DS version of the game! Even though we never got a firm date for the “summer” launch window, Smash Bros has been delayed and will be available October 3rd and the Wii U version still with the Holiday 2014 release window.

After months of speculation and rumors floating around from the Gematsu leak, Miis make it into Smash Bros.

“Posting at a not-so-typical time of the day. An announcement has been made at E3: Mii Fighters are joining the battle!! “You can fight–anyone can fight!” ”

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June 10
2014

E3 2014: The Brief Briefdown – Microsoft

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E3 is here again and the media circus is in full swing with media brief after media brief. We spent all of yesterday with media briefs from the biggest industry names – Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony – and capped it all off with Nintendo’s digital presentation this morning. Everyone’s got a wide variety of things to offer, some more compelling than others, so lemme give you the rundown of everything we experienced and what you can look forward to hearing more about from me and other writers as the week goes on. So let’s start with Microsoft and the Xbox One…

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June 10
2014

E3 2014: Nintendo Does It For the Ladies

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Nintendo has been getting a lot of flack for its decision to hold a digital press event rather than a traditional press conference, as they did for the first time last year. But after an exhausting day full of scruffy white men killing each other, driving sims, and unremarkable sports titles….I was left jaded. If the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony press conferences this year proved anything it’s that big companies are still only interested in making games for preteen boys itching to express their masculinity in as over the top a manner as possible.

No surprise, then, that I could count the number of playable female characters shown on my hands. And what of the big games? Assassin’s Creed Unity has four playable characters and not a single one is a lady. Metal Gear Solid V’s lone female character, the questionably dressed Quiet, was barely showcased in its new trailer and the most we saw of her was her ass. The new Rainbow Six game centered around rescuing/passing around like a basketball a female hostage whose home had been invaded. And of course that title garnered some of the most applause of any game screened all day.

While games like The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider , Fable Legends, Dragon Age Inquisition, Valiant Hearts, and Mirror’s Edge 2 offered breaths of fresh feminine air they were shown amidst a smog of hyper-masculine gore-fests.

Then came this morning’s Nintendo digital event, showcasing major female playable characters in almost every single title put on display.

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