Tech, Toys, Video Games

E3: Guess What? I Have More Pics



Yesterday’s highlight was a surprise free concert by Snoop Dogg to promote the cartoon snail movie Turbo. I think the female DJ from Power 106 who kept trying to urge the crowd to “make some noise!” was more used to hardcore hip-hop fans than exhausted, half-drunk gaming journalists sweating in the direct sunlight, but once Snoop hit the stage, he brought the energy level up, big-time, which you wouldn’t necessarily have expected from a guy famous for smoking weed and a laid-back delivery. He was brief, but brought his A-game for sure. And there were free tacos.


Snoop was introduced by his costars in the movie, Michael Pena and Michelle Rodriguez.



I got to play the new Pac-Man game, which is hardly a ground-breaker but gave me warm fuzzies anyway, despite being more Spyro-style than classic Pac. The yellow guy’s big fight move is a shoulder tackle rather than a big bite; if you collide with a ghost while doing it, they die, but if you collide with them any other time – or they vomit slime on you – you take damage. In a nice throwback, the sound effect when you die is the same as in the original game, and the entire screen becomes a decreasing circle like P.M. himself used to.

If you do a sequel, Namco, can you please call it 2Pac?

Or maybe…2Pac, 2 Furious.


Here’s a full-sized space capsule for some reason.


And a lone costume from Pacific Rim. No signs of a tie-in game, though, which is too bad – seems a natural.


Jet Li has a game, though.


And every year I’ve been to E3 (this is my third) there is ALWAYS a tank. Always.


Here’s a gallery show of game-inspired art.




Some years ago for LA CityBeat, I wrote a piece examining whether or not you could burn significant calories playing video games. Responses from actual trainers ranged from, “Well, it’s slightly better than nothing,” to “Hell fucking no.” It’s a new era, folks, and I for one think this is a great idea. It’d be even better if your cycling actually powere dthe TV, but baby steps.


Do you prefer your DC heroes to look mean…


…or cute?


Speaking of cute, the Duck Tales game had a soundproof karaoke booth where people could sing the theme and share it on social media.


Here’s a guy I haven’t seen in a while. I kicked and punched him, but all in my mind.


I also got to meet up with reader Regular_Stormy, who was kind enough to share this photo of the best hair in show.


One more day!

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist