E3 2011

E3: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

| 7 Jun 2011 00:12
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We're just a few minutes away from Sony's E3 press conference. Now taking bets on whether or not anyone will address the recent security issues the company has been facing. So far, the frontrunner is "not at all."

While we wait for everyone to take their seats, I give you a joke, courtesy of Game|Life's Chris Kohler:

"Microsoft displayed everyone's Xbox Live avatars before their press conference. Sony's going to display everyone's credit card number."

We're being told to put on our RealD 3D glasses. There isn't actually anything to see yet, but I'd hate to refuse the disembodied voice giving me commands. That would just be rude.

Here we go. The crowd is going nuts already. We're treated to whirling, swirling montages of PlayStation controllers, Move, the PSP, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Mortal Kombat, and Green Lantern. I'm not a huge fan of 3d gimmickry, but there's no denying that it really adds something to the huge environments of games like Uncharted and God of War.

Sony president and CEO Jack Tretton takes the stage to welcome us to the press conference. There are apparently about six thousand of us here in the arena at the moment. He brings up the elephant in the room, the PlayStation Network outage.

His reporter friends tell him that their editors love nothing more than controversy, so "To all our esteemed members of the press I say, 'You're welcome.' To our third party publishing partners...I know the network outage was costly to you. We wouldn't be where we were if it wasn't for you, and we thank you." To consumers, "I want to apologize both personally and on behalf of the company."

This was exactly the right thing to do, and exactly the right way to do it. Tretton addressed the issue immediately, played it straight, and seems genuinely humble and apologetic for the issues that the security breach caused. Well done, Sony. Well done, indeed.

The PlayStation Network will soon offer free access to CinemaNow, a streaming movie and TV service.

Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra from Naughty Dog take the stage to show off Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Nate's on a boat out at sea during a storm. He pitches back and forth as the boat rocks in the current. Entering the boat, he performs a few stealth takedowns on some bad guys in what appears to be a ballroom. Hands up if you hated the stealth mission in the last Uncharted as much as I did. The lighting in this environment is really well done; stunning visuals are becoming a trademark of the franchise. Nate doesn't quite manage to sneak past all the bad guys, and now he's in a shootout, taking cover behind boxes of cargo. A car in the cargo bay runs into the hull, punching a hole and creating a leak. The ship is sinking - looks like we'll be having more of those exciting sequences like the collapsing hotel in Uncharted 2.

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