E3 2006 : Our Awards

Posted on Saturday 13 May 2006

We decided to come up with our own awards for the best (and worst) of E3 for this year, some are serious and some less so. Without further ado, I proudly present the E3 Golden Blister Awards 2006!

  • Best Stand
  • Playstation : Lots to see and do, and cool extras like the PSP downloads

  • Most Ridiculous Stand
  • Scotland : Several countries were represented at E3, including Korea and the UK. But why did Scotland feel the need for it’s own booth? There wasn’t even anything in it.

  • Best Presentation
  • Haze (Ubisoft) : It may be because we saw them fresh on the first day, but the little bit of tounge-in-cheek acting in this demo of a bog-standard FPS was pretty fun.

  • Most Cringe Inducing Presentation
  • Namco Bandai : The MC girl was loud, brash, probably high, and orange didn’t suit her. Painful to watch.

  • Stupidest Celebrity Appearance
  • Paris Hilton (Gameloft) : She was on a tiny booth up against the wall in the corner of the hall, promoting her very own cellphone game. Sad.

  • Biggest Surprise
  • Gears of War (360) : Where was it? I was expecting it to be playable, but it wasn’t anywhere to be seen at the Xbox booth, except if you lined up to watch the trailer. There was a lot of advertising outside but no game.

  • Least Surprising Revalation
  • Killzone (PS3) : Not playable? Not quite like last year’s E3 video? Well there’s a surprise.

  • Biggest Disappointment
  • PS3 : Just meh. And $600 is a lot for meh.

  • Best Booth Babes
  • Tecmo : The blonde one in particular (says Morgan). Runner up goes to the girls at SiN.

  • Noisiest Booth Babes
  • Namco Bandai : Congrats to NB for their second Golden Blister!

  • Most Ridiculous Costumes
  • Everquest : Girls in big purple Medusa suits? Not cute.

  • Coolest Headgear
  • Namco Pacman Helmets : I wanted one soooo badly.

  • Most Ridiculous Headgear
  • The Halo Guy : Walking around with a plastic Master Chief helmet in your bag says something about a guy. It says he’s a winner!

  • Longest Queue
  • Nintendo Wii : No contest. 4 hours of solid boredom.

  • Shortest Queue
  • PS3 : Just over the way from Nintendo, but another world of lines. The wait for the “special” PS3 area was rarely over 30 minutes.

  • Best Use for a PS3 Controller
  • Replacement for a missing PS2 controller : They are that similar.

  • Best Swag
  • PSP Memory Stick : Loaded with trailers and other virtual swag, and useful afterwards. Thanks Sony! Special mention goes to Joystiq for the T-Shirts!

  • Most Ridiculous Swag
  • Webzen Inflatable Boogie Boards : Because the halls aren’t crowded enough already, let’s give everyone a surfboard to carry around.

  • Crappiest Swag
  • Microsoft Fake Moustache Kit : Errrmmmmm…well…no. Sorry, no idea what those were all about.

  • The Official “Who The Hell Are They?” Award
  • Webzen : They had a huge booth, lights, dancing girls, swag. But no one had ever heard of them. Turns out they’re the guys behind Huxley, a much anticipated FPS coming out this year – I’d heard of Huxley but not Webzen.

  • Best Of Show
  • Nintendo Wii : Without a doubt the most buzzworthy item at the show this year. Everyone wanted a go, and everyone liked it (but not all loved it). Runner up goes to Microsoft’s rather interesting Live Anywhere service. But we’ll need to see some actual games before deciding on that one.


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