Higher Expectations: What To Expect From This Year’s E3 – By Gavin Muirhead

With E3 coming around the corner like a Mac-10 truck with no brakes, we salivate with our anticipations for this year’s show.

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This year, E3 is going to be one for the record books, people are already starting to get love-drunk from the rumors running wild, about the show. Expectations are palpable, in regards to what will be showcased this year in my beautiful hometown, Los Angeles, California.

2013 holds some lofty expectations for the electronics world, the tried and true “Big Boys” like Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony are all bringing out new consoles or titles at the same venue where smaller “indie” consoles are making a name for themselves. Things like the “Steam Box” by the Half Life and Counterstrike powerhouse Valve, or even the super indie, OUYA, which was built using Kickstarter and runs on Android OS and could be an amazing concept from not only a gaming standpoint but from an entrepreneurial level also.

On the subject of gaming and consoles, naturally we are all chomping at the bit to see the PS4 in real life, and we fully expect Sony to finally have something more than a controller to show off. The Xbox 720 will undoubtedly be on full display at E3 this year, if it will debut at E3 is yet to be seen, rumor has it debuting May 21 – in any case Microsoft surely will have an actual console wherever they decide to take the wraps off of it. What really peaks my interest this season is the OUYA. The crowd funded Android based game console that is only $99, which is crazy, I know.

Or is it?

The OUYA brings to the table something that no other company currently is, or is even thinking about doing, or probably will ever do. OUYA is a very low cost – high function console, for $99 it is able to bring you huge features like: Flixster, Twitch.tv, Crunchyroll, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, XBMC, Netflix, Youtube, Social media, 1080p gaming, Android OS, but the best feature it offers – it’s completely open source. They make it so easy for you to mess around with this console, that they actually encourage it and warranty you rooting your console (it is Android after all). Not only that, they send you all of the tools you need to make games for the console when you buy one, no fancy hoops to jump through. They have embraced the android fan base fully, and are calling on everyone with a rooted cell phone to happily and safely enjoy their consoles to the fullest. We’re watching you OUYA, don’t screw this up.

Another thing to keep your eye on this year is Bungie. The team that brought you the Halo franchise got together with those crazy guys at Activision to bring out what could rewrite shooters and possibly be Game of The Year – Destiny.

Destiny is a multi-platform FPS title coming from the two largest shoot-em-up franchise makers in history. In short, it is a visually stunning First Person Multi-Massive Role Playing Shooter Game, a FRMMRPSG if you will. While we know basically nothing about this game as far as a real story or anything other than a few concept drawings and limited quotes, the one that does it for me was Jason Jones, Co-Founder of Bungie talking with Destructoid.com:

“We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people, we limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game — almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time… and now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo ’cause nobody wants to.”

Take my money now.

There is more to E3 in 2013 then just video games and consoles, since you can’t do much with them without a huge TV to stare at. This year will have no shortage of glowing LED’s and Plasma Screens as far as the eye can see. Two this we are on the lookout for this year is mostly 4K gaming, and secondly OLED screens.

With Sony, Samsung and LG all on hand this year, and bringing OLED and 4k technology with them, it is not too far fetched of an idea to maybe see a Sony 4k TV attached to a PS4 on demo, we can dream right? Sure to be on hand is the latest in SmarTv technologies, pixel density breakthroughs and massive screen sizes that will make us all feel inadequate about our home theater system.

The Countdown to our coverage of E3 2013 has begun.

No matter if you’re a video game nerd, a HD fanatic, photography enthusiast, or still trying to figure out how to change the clock on your VCR, we’ve got you covered. E3 2013 is about a month away, and we are intent on spoiling every bit of it ahead of time.

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