E3 2006 Impressions

Damian Thomas' Impressions
General Show Impressions:
Pro: Fewer booth babes for reasons Mark mentioned.
Con: Booth BOYS for Christine to get pictures with.
Pro: Atlus showing, Devil Summoner, Persona 3, and Trauma Center.
Con: Atlus showing Contact and Deep Labyrinth
Pro: Signed lithograph by Kazuma Kaneko & Signed Oblivion strat guide by Todd Howard
Con: Light swag in Kentia this year
Pro: Getting to play Wii
Con: Standing on line for two and a half hours to play Wii for 10 min.
Pro: Danish companies with awesome MMOs and free beer.
Con: Korean companies with games focusing around girls dieting.
Pro: New Might & Magic game looking almost as good as Oblivion but with even more actions the main character can take with their bodies and environment.
Con: New Shadowrun game being a F***ING FPS and rewriting the game's mythos.
Pro: Awesome PR folks such as Graham Markay (Natsume), Zach Meston (Atlus), and Jack Niida (NIS)
Cons: Dumb blonde PR know-nothings "actresses" from yeedangonline
Pro: Cool looking non-mainstream MMOs with free trials such as EVE Online and SEED.
Con: Shitty mainstream MMOs such as Everquest II and Lineage.
Pro: The Wii controller
Con: The PS3 controller
Pro: Graphics on FF12
Con: Graphics on FF3 on the monitor at the show
Pro: Koei in West Hall with playable titles (Gitaroo Man PSP port!)
Con: SNK in Concourse with titles playable by appointment only (Metal Slug Collection, KOF ;_;)
Pro: Free food & drink at Natsume, Atlus, Runestone, and Mythic
Con: Bloated prices at the cafeteria
Pro: No problem finding places for wireless access at show
Con: Big problem finding parking
Pro: Cool DS/GBA titles
Con: Awful Cell Phone titles
Pro: Adam West
Con: Paris Hilton

And finally...

PRO: RPGFan Staff members getting together and having lots of fun
CON: People having to leave early
Top 5 RPGs:
1) Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria (PS2)
2) Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
3) Children of Mana (DS)
4) Final Fantasy III (DS)
5) Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (DS)
Top 5 Non-RPGs:
1) Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
2) Rule of Rose (PS2)
3) Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)
4) Capcom Classics Collction Vol. 2 (Multi)
5) Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Wii)
Top 5 Fun E32K6 Sayings:
2) Arise, Chicken, Arise!
3) Nobody messes with Adam We!
4) Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh, duh nuh nuh nuh nuh chh!
5) Carl's Junior!
Top 5 Pieces o' Swag
1) Limited edition Lithograph signed by Kazuma Kaneko.
2) Oblivion Strat Guide signed by Todd Howard.
3) Jack Frost Writing Tablets.
4) Bumpy Trot Soundtracks.
5) Bumpy Trot Harmonica.

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