Speaking of E3, yes, it rolls into town next week at the L.A. Convention Center. The conference starts on Tuesday, the 17th, and the exhibition starts on Wednesday, the 18th and runs through Friday, the 20th. With Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft (anyone still miss Sega and its Dreamcast?) unveiling their next generation consoles, expect lots of hype from their respective PR machines.
Also next week:
– I Am 8 Bit hosts a closing reception on Wednesday, the 18th @ 7:00-11:00 PM, and the exhibit closes on Friday, the 20th.
– More Friends: Music From ‘Final Fantasy’ will be at the Universal Ampitheatre on Monday, the 16th @ 8:00 PM.
On a related note, I’ve recently noticed that Fry’s Electronics has been aggressively selling new videogames on the cheap, taking perhaps a stand similar to Wal-Mart in getting their customers to come in so they’ll spend money on their higher-ticket items. Recent examples include Gran Turismo 4 clones Forza Motorsport for the Xbox (retail is $49.99 but Fry’s was $34.99) and Enthusia Professional Racing for the PS2 (retail is $39.99 but Fry’s was $29.99).