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E3 Adventures (Page 2/6)

Posted: May 16, 2000
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy

E3! E3! E3!

The pure excitement upon arrival to something as big as E3 is astounding. The convention center in LA is huge, and E3 fills it to the brim with video games, hardware, and best of all, booth babes!

The top three pics show different angles of a small part of the convention center. The bottom pic is the inside hall, main entrance.

Misc. Exhibit Pics/Info

Since we kind of went to E3 on a spur of the moment-thing, we didn't have time to make many appointments. Still, we had time to meet with 3dfx, Act Labs, Guillemot, Nvidia, Elsa, and others.

3dfx showed their Voodoo5 5500 and Voodoo5 6000 in action. It was really fast and looked great. FSAA is top notch and they showed us Quake 3 at some incredible resolutions, and impressive frame rates. They also showed us the comparison between a GeForce 2 GTS card and the Voodoo5 5500. Not surprisingly, the GeForce 2 was really slow in the demos. I don't know if 3dfx did any doctoring or special things to either card to make it perform better/worse, but regardless, the Voodoo5 was pretty damn cool.

Act Labs demonstrated their new GS (gun system) and gave us the lowdown on the new innovations being applied to the RS Shifter and Force RS wheel. I don't know if I'm supposed to mention any of these, but eh, what the heck? The GS is being improved to include the separate joystick as part of the gun, and it's a whole lot more accurate. Also, support for the guns is being increased and optimized. The wheel is getting some changes as well, including a realistic hanging clutch. Yippee!

Guillemot showed off their new joysticks and of course the Hercules Prophet II; a GeForce 2 GTS based card. It will offer heatsinks on the memory and it looks fantastic. They also hosted an Unreal Tournament contest. I signed up but missed my appointment. Dyre played though, and thoroughly spanked the competition. I wish I would've played... :(

Nvidia wasn't showing off any new products, but we stopped by anyway. I suppose Derek Perez was out hitting on booth babes... Rich Black and Dan Vivioli talked with us about some issues like the 1600x1200x32bpp frame rate hit and the X-Box. They told us that the main reason why Quake 3 and other games perform poorly at 1600x1200x32bpp with GeForce 2 GTS cards was because the frame buffer was basically completely filled. As we suggested in our GeForce 2 GTS Preview, the 32 MB frame buffer just isn't enough. Nvidia also had an X-Box on a table, but we couldn't take pictures of it. It was a hand crafted metal case that formed an X -- very cool.

Security was tight. See the big line? Everyone gets carded. How badly I yerned to hug that giant inflated Richard Simmons... I mean, Gene Simmons!

Elsa was actually located in the GOD (Gathering of Developers) booth, which was outside. Since there was drinking involved, only people 21 or older were allowed in. Ah darn! Four of us five were obviously underage. What were we to do? We did what any hard working webmasters would do... we got Elsa to sneak us in!

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