Okay, went to E3 yesterday and left way earlier than I had planned because the show was so dull. Seriously, there were booths that looked unfinished, as if it was day 2 of the build up rather than day 2 of the actual show. I gather next year will be jammin' since all the new content for the Next Gen consoles will be on display. As it was, the only interesting thing I saw was "Last Of Us" at the Sony booth..... but...... that comes out tomorrow, and I can watch it on my TV. So..... yeah..... oh, there's going to be a Mad Max game coming out later. That sounds fun.
The one genuinely cool thing I saw was at Turtle Beach. They had assembled five prolific voice over actors for a Q&A forum, including James Burns (Woods from CODBLOPS), Nolan North (Nathan Drake from Uncharted, Desmond Miles from Assassin's Creed) and Troy Baker (Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite, Joel from The Last Of Us). Baker and North were a riot; apparently they also voice the Autobots Cliffjumper and Jazz, respectively, in Transformers video games. Baker's Jazz sounded like a Richard Pryor character, as they did a little improv scene on the stage. They got permission to record their dialog together, which is not normal in a VO scenario. They pitched it as a great opportunity to get some promotional B-roll footage and whatnot. And like 10 minutes in it had devolved into a juvenile mess of profanity and innuendo, and the producer was like, "Good lord, I can't use any of this..."
But Burns made a few points that key in with what's been said about troops on deployment. He's been on many USO tours recently, and he said guys can't thank him enough. They absolutely love their video games, almost to the point of dependency. It gives them a connection to home, and a sense of normalcy that really helps them cope with the stresses of being in combat. Further, he said it's almost more important for the support personnel, because they don't have the combat role to play. So they're just in a war zone doing what amounts to a 9-to-5 job. So it's a great pressure release valve. Even for the combat guys it's important. They come of a week-long patrol in the field (or whatever they call it nowadays), and after they've got everything checked back in they'll fire up COD.