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Big Three Confirm Pre-E3 Events 40

In unsurprising news, Gamasutra reports that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all have pre-E3 events planned. From the article: "These conferences, which taken place during the two days preceding the three-day expo, have historically laid the groundwork for the entire week's events, revealing key information about the company's plans for the next year. 2005's press conferences revealed many initial details about the upcoming Revolution and PlayStation 3 consoles, as well as the Xbox 360 which launched later that year."
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Big Three Confirm Pre-E3 Events

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  • Damnit.. (Score:4, Funny)

    by technos ( 73414 ) on Friday April 21, 2006 @05:54PM (#15177563) Homepage Journal
    And here I was looking at it funny, thinking :

    "Since when do car manufacturers do E3?"

    But that couldn't be it. Slashdot wouldn't cover car news! Start up the lateral thinking thrusters!

    "Well, they used to refer to IBM, Amdahl and Hitachi as the Big Three too I guess. But they won't exactly be at E3 either."

    No go on that decisive thrust into thought. I fell back to 'Attack Plan Beta':

    "IBM, HP, and Compaq? That must be it! Err. Compaq bought HP."
    "No, wait. HP bought Compaq."
    "Could it be IBM, HP and Dell? That must be it!"

    Then I see the article, and was most unimpressed.

    The Big Three are General Motors, Ford, and (Daimler-)Chrysler, boys. Have been since since the 60's.
    • Re:Damnit.. (Score:2, Insightful)

      by AuMatar ( 183847 )
      Nope. The big 3 are WWF, WCW, and ECW. Even if 2 of the 3 are now out of buisness and the other's had a name change.

      I guess more than one industry can use a really generic term?!?!?! Amazing!!!!

      And you need to get out of the 60s- Chrystler's a non-entity and Ford is facing bankruptcy. Any list of big car manufacturers with none of the Asian ones in it is a joke.
      • Chrysler's prophits offset Diamler's losses it is not a non-entity.

        Ford is losing money int he US, but its european devision more than makes up for it.

        GM is the American car company truly in trouble right now, as it hemmerages massive amounts of money with no end in sight.
    • by technoextreme ( 885694 ) on Friday April 21, 2006 @06:46PM (#15177922)
      According to Wikipedia the big three can be
      * Big three Allies of World War II * Big three leaders of the Allies during World War II: Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin * Big three conferences of World War II: Big 3 Conferences * Big three Powers after World War II: United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union * Big three European economies: Germany, France, United Kingdom * Big three American automakers: Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler * Big three Japanese automakers: Toyota, Honda, Nissan * Big three American broadcasting networks: CBS, NBC, ABC (see Big Media) -- and their flagship newscasts, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight * Big three beer brewers: Anheuser-Busch, Coors and SABMiller * Big three American air transport companies (current): American Airlines, United Air Lines, Delta Air Lines * Big three Canadian Banks (formerly): Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce * The Big Three, an athletic league composed of Ivy League (US) universities Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. A reference to Harvard, Yale and Princeton based on their academic reputation, iconic status and membership in the Big Three athletic league. o Many U.S. states have their local list of "Big Three universities" * Big three defensive line of the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s: Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Larry Robinson * Big three frontline of the Boston Celtics from 1980 to 1992: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish * Big three offensive stars of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s: Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith * Big three professional sports leagues: NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. * Big three video gaming companies: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony * Big three science fiction writers: Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke * Big three credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, TransUnion * Big Three U.S. cities (by population): New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago * Big three Canadian cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal * Big three (also principal, most popular) members of DC Comics' Justice League of America (JLA): Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman * Big three professional wrestling promotions of the 1990s in North America: World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling * Big three technology companies of India: Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro * Big three NBA Players: Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett (as advertised by adidas)
    • When I read the title I thought they were referring to Valve, ID Software and Epic Games. But hardware? Oh well.
    • How about NBC, ABC and CBS. That's the place where I've more commonly heard of "the big three" up until a couple years ago when Fox started climbing in the ratings (largely thanks to American Idol) and NBC plummetted to fourth place.
    • It says Games: Big Three Confirm Pre-E3 Events.
    • The big three, to me, will always mean Star Trek, Star Wars, and Babylon 5.
  • by RyoShin ( 610051 ) <> on Friday April 21, 2006 @05:57PM (#15177590) Homepage Journal the point that I don't even see why we have a news story. What's next? "Nintendo thinks that fun games are useful". "Microsoft thought it would help to get a head start". "The Sky is blue, but only if you write your game that way".

    To counter this non-news news, Nintendo fanobys (especially those eager for the Revolution) might want to check out AOL's sweepstakes page []. A contest, starting today and ending on the 28th, gives one lucky winner a three day visit to CA, passes to E3, and to be the first commoner to play the actual Revolution.

    Did I mention you'd play it in front of an audience of thousands? Unfortunatly, only one entry per person. :(
    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 21, 2006 @06:50PM (#15177945)
      Why would you share that information with the horde, you fool?!
    • This is news in that MS is playing the predictable card once again. At last year's E3, there was decent information on the 360, all running real-time (if unimrpessive) demos and a bunch of info on Live. Well the next day, Sony rolled out the CG-fest and didn't even address it, letting the fanboys jump to as many conclusions as they possibly could (like that Spring 2006 was the US release date too and everything they saw was real time).

      So what does MS do this time? They schedule their conference at the lat
  • What about Blizzard (Score:2, Interesting)

    by suspected ( 907639 )
    The real big news might center on what Blizzard does. They are long overdue to announce another game, so there is a high possibility of them revealing either Diablo 3 or Starcraft 2 during E3.
    • there isn't going to be a diablo 3 since there is hellgate:london now. but there is going to be a starcraft mmo. ok, jk.
    • I think Blizzard is going to continue to roll around in the great big piles-o-cash they are making off of WoW. Why spend years working on a single player or normal multi-player game, when you could put all your efforts into growing one of the biggest MMOGs of all time?

      WoW has hit a mainstream market. Every Starbucks I enter has somebody playing WoW in it. NPR has had at least 3 reports on it in the last six months. Any non-MMOG that Blizzard does now will look small in comparison.

      • by Anonymous Coward
        Why spend years working on a single player or normal multi-player game, when you could put all your efforts into growing one of the biggest MMOGs of all time?

        Two simple reasons:

        1) Good game designers enjoy the challenge of a single player experience. Blizzard has alot of good game designers (an understatement) and single player games will *NEVER* go away (ditto).

        2) Much of the game mechanics that made WoW a phenomenon in the first place were created and refined in Blizzard's non-MMO games.

      • With how wow turned out looks like a lot of senior devs left bliz... I have no clue why but thats what happend.
  • Don't get me wrong, but where's this leading? Next year, one of them will have the bright idea to start a week before the expo, to get more of a "headstart" to the competetors. After a few years, that pre-expo party will start a good half year before the actual expo, and when the E3 finally opens nobody cares about it anymore 'cause everything has been said and done.
  • sony and MS logo (Score:4, Insightful)

    by minus_273 ( 174041 ) <> on Friday April 21, 2006 @06:13PM (#15177705) Journal
    since we use bigatus of borg as the MS logo, isnt it time the sony logo was updated as well. Come on these people were installing rootkits on victims computers until very recently.
  • These Pre-E3 events are technically not a part of E3, am I correct? So do you need any special kind of pass to attend them?
  • by Taulin ( 569009 ) on Saturday April 22, 2006 @11:23AM (#15180581) Homepage Journal to get more info on DOA:X2

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