5. White Men Can't Dance - 2010
Dance Central by Harmonix was part of Microsoft's Kinect parade during 2010's E3 press conference. The presentation started with the game's producer, Naoko Takamoto, busting a move to the game, and she looked pretty darn groovy. Harmonix didn't want to intimidate non-dancers, however, so they brought out Project Director Kasson Crooker to demonstrate how the game's "Break It Down" feature could teach people how to dance. It's true, Mr. Crooker was able to execute the dance moves adequately for the Kinect's motion sensor, but even Dance Central can't work miracles. Apparently the next step is for Dance Central to have "This Is the Beat, Sucka" and "Move Your Hips, White Boy" modes.
4. Nintendo Confirms You're Still Alive - 2009
In one of E3's most head-scratching moments, Nintendo's 2009 conference lineup was abruptly interrupted by—of all things—a heart rate monitor. Dubbed the "Vitality Sensor," this little accessory attached to a person's finger and informed them that yes, their heart was beating. Sure, there are remote gaming possibilities for the Vitality Sensor, like scaring the pants off you in a survival horror game, but Nintendo seemed more interested in finding ways to use the device to tap into its newly-discovered "Wii Bowling in retirement homes" demographic. Although the Vitality Sensor failed to appear at last year's E3, the company has confirmed that the device is still alive. Perhaps it will make a return this year, actually attached to something that is at least somewhat like a video game?
3. It's Laser Tag! - 2010
One of the big centerpieces of last year's Ubisoft conference was a game called Battle Tag. It certainly had an attention-catching entrance, with teams of good-looking young people shooting at each other through the crowd. As the presenters spoke, however, it quickly became evident that this was just a home laser tag set that used the computer/console to tally scores. Really?
2. Twilight Princess Fangasm - 2004
In a moment that would become forever preserved on Youtube, the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess caused quite a commotion. When Link appeared on the convention screen, fans in the crowd were seen moaning in ecstasy, nearly fainting, and wailing, "Oh my God! Ooooh my God!" It was an impressive display of the excesses of extreme fandom. Too bad Twilight Princess ended up being a fairly middling Zelda game and failed to set the world on fire the way its announcement inflamed the hearts of fans at E3.
1. Pokémon Is Not for Wusses - 1998
Here's an oldie but goodie: to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Red/Blue in North America, Nintendo set up a giant cannon at their booth. Once an hour, the cannon would shoot out a bunch of Pokémon plushies that were up for grabs to anybody who could get their hands on one. Unfortunately, the mad scramble for plushies wreaked major havoc on the show floor, and the cannon was shut down by the second day of the convention.
By Becky Cunningham
CCC Contributing Writer
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