Although I still haven’t completely recuperated from ‘Star Trek’ overload at the Calgary Expo earlier this year, I managed to make it down to the Central Canada Comic Con this past Saturday. Unfortunately, an iron-fisted crackdown on the press prevented me from obtaining much coverage. Sadly, I have very little to report.
The DarbeeVision Darblet, which I reviewed a couple months ago, may be the home theater product of the year. This clever little gizmo improves the picture quality of pretty much anything you throw at it on any display, and does so at a very reasonable price point. It’s not a perfect device, however. It’s rather cheaply made, comes in an awkward form factor with limited connectivity, and has to be shipped back to the manufacturer if you need a firmware update. To rectify these complaints, Darbee Visual Presence announced a second-generation product called the Fidelio at CEDIA last week, but in doing so may have way overshot the needs of its users.
The nature of E3 is almost like a game industry version of the State of Union address, revealing what we should be excited about as an industry until next year’s conference, and in the short-term future. Of course, like the State of the Union, E3 is a throwback to a time when the internet wasn’t the main source of exchanging information.
In its official E3 media briefing, Nintendo faces the burden of explaining why you should want the Wii U. This has left the company in a position of trying to explain how the Wii U Gamepad enables new gameplay.
The four big takeaways from Microsoft’s E3 conference this year include the introduction and explanation of Xbox SmartGlass, the growing uses of Kinect, Internet Explorer for the 360, and an upcoming title line-up that’s consistent with this generation of games.
This year’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference will run from June 5th to 7th in Los Angeles. In anticipation of that, Nintendo decided to start the party early by introducing some key components of its first high-definition console. These include the redesigned Wii U Gamepad, Pro Controller and the Miiverse.