Greeting from east LA, and the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short. Just to dispel the rumors, we didn't bring Asia Carrera with us. In fact, we don't even have a booth here. I'm not sure what changed, but I think we're moving her appearance to LinuxWorld/San Jose in August. In the meantime, I guess I'll have to look elsewhere for porn stars to talk to. Fortunately, I don't have to look very far. This place is CRAWLING with booth babes. Interestingly enough, they usually aren't scantilly-clad... er, actually, they ARE, but not in the standard, Victoria's Secret way. With the exception of the Playboy bunnies (courtesy of CNet), most game companies have resorted to dressing their babes up like their games' characters. Laura Croft syndrome. In short, this place isn't so overrun with scantily-clad women as it is overrun with scantily-clad women with guns. Ah, all those years of fantasizing... Actually, the h umorous highlight of the day goes to the GUY who's walking around dressed like Laura Croft. Now that is a political statement! A close second goes to the midget booth babe. The general atmosphere around here is busy. And gaudy. And loud. Driving into the convention center, there are 20-feet tall inflatable renditions of the band Kiss. Once indoors, you can't hear yourself think. Most of what I've seen here isn't particularly refreshing: it lots of sequels and largely overdone concepts. Here were some of the highlights, though: - Dragon's Lair 3D. If you ever begged mommy for arcade quarters to spend in the early 80's, you'll think this is really kickass, too. - Meeting John Romero. He cocreated Doom and Quake with John Carmack. His company, Ion Storm, just released "Daikatana", which is (surprise) a lot like Quake. He basically blew me off when I asked about a Linux port, but I really just wanted to mention him because he looks like Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Heehee! - Playstation 2. Need I say more? - Nintendo of America had a bar set up, and was selling alcohol. I felt this was killing my childhood until it occured to me that the main customers were probably NoA execs that had just returned from the Playstation 2 demos. Oh, and there's another Zelda game on the way for the N64...I played it, but it was in Japanese, so heaven knows what it's about... - Dave Taylor (also originally an iD guy, now a Transmeta genius) showed off a Crusoe processor that can, on the fly, switch between executing i386 instructions and Java bytecode...this is more significant to the future of computing than I can put into words, and Transmeta did it just to be cool. Unreal. - Bruce Campbell. Ran into him outside the expo. He's every bit as cool in person. - "Return to Wolfenstein." Sure, it's not only another tired sequel, but it's also using the Quake 3 engine. Nonetheless, it looked to be as hour-wasting as the original, and much more gorey. - Mplayer.com giving me a sticker that reads, "Still playing with yourself?" ...that one got stuck on my laptop. - Halo. As Ani Difranco once said, "Beatiful, but boring." Emphasis on beautiful, however. - The Loki mosh pit at the GameSpy party. Also, the projection on the wall of the original Tommy movie (the Pinball Wizard scene) and Tron were only outdone by the classic arcade machines...it's been YEARS since I've played Moon Patrol! Must sleep. Will try to catch up on other (not necessarily) recent events later. Pumpkin Bromo, --ryan.