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GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly article

By Matt Cabral


KEYNOTE NO-SHOWS

After scooping our jaws from the floor following the Xbox 360's rockstar-like performance, it seemed odd that Sony and Nintendo hadn't planned similar hype-happy events. Sure, they both hosted sessions featuring cool talks from their developers, but who was paying attention after Cliffy B fired up his mock chainsaw bayonet?

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BEST SWAG

The only line longer than the one to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl was one--also thanks to the big N--where patient fans could snag Nintendo' s swag-tastic freebie: an adorable, tiny Wii-remote keychain / flashlight. Luckily we had a person on the inside to hook us up with the mini motion-control replica.

GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly article

LAMEST SWAG

We love free stuff, so we're not so much complaining here as we are reacting in the same way we would to an ugly sweater under the Christmas tree. Battlefield developer DICE gave out fuzzy dice that had their name printed on them. "Oh, these are big fuzzy dice, and your name is DICE. We get it now. Clever."

GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly article

BIGGEST SURPRISE

We love The Orange Box's puzzler, Portal, but when it took home the Best Game Award at the Game Developer's Choice ceremony, we were a bit shocked. So were fellow nominees, the makers of BioShock and Rock Band.

THE NEWS EVERYONE EXPECTED

Gears of War 2. We were pumped when Cliffy B--chainsaw gun in hand--announced this sequel. However, with rumors infiltrating the Internet like the Locust Horde for weeks prior to GDC, we weren't exactly shell shocked by this reveal. Even Cliffy joked about the occasional validity of Internet rumors.

GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly article

THE NEWS NO ONE EXPECTED (AT LEAST NOT US)

Peter Molyneux is famous for making outrageous promises about his games. Despite a great effort, he under delivered on many of Fable's supposed features. Well, apparently his past mistakes have only made him bolder; turns out Fable 2 will not only make us weep with heart-tugging emotion, but we'll be able to share our Hallmark moments with a friend via drop-in / drop-out cooperative play. We're already crying...tears of joy.

WHERE THE HECK WERE THEY?

With new James Bond, Spider-Man, Guitar Hero, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance titles on the way, you'd think Activision would've come to the party with bells on. At the very least we thought they'd want to show off their new trophy spouse, Blizzard.



GDC 08: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly article
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