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Posted on Wednesday, May 10 @ 00:47:31 PST by Ben_Silverman
What do you get when you cross four press briefings with three hours of sleep? The beginning of the end, or rather, the beginning of E3 2006. While the GR monkeys went about uploading obscene numbers of screenshots, cranking out summaries and getting an awesome night's rest in their cozy if somewhat unwashed gamer beds, I've been roaming about the wasteland of smog, tits and sunglasses called L.A. attending pre-show briefings. Shuttle buses are my horses, taxi-cabs my steeds. They call me the lucky one.

Since you've likely scoured the Internet for every juicy morsel regarding Sony's wacky new controller, Nintendo's impressive Wii lineup and Microsoft's terrifying plan to obliterate your social life, I'll dispense with the expert analysis.

Instead, here's E3 Bingo.

Contrary to the fanboy slant, you sit through a lot of boring stuff during these exciting press briefings. Executives and developers yammer on about how their company rules and why their company rules, followed by an assortment of fascinating details that better illustrate their hows and whys.

Except, they all use the same words. Buzz buzz buzz.

So a few years ago, I was hipped to E3 Bingo by a fellow journalist. It's easy - you just write down a bunch of fancy gaming buzzwords, then mark 'em off during the press briefings. The tricky part is not standing up and screaming out BINGO! in the middle of a Mario trailer.

Check here for the before and after of E3 Bingo - 2006. We nailed the bingo about three minutes into the Microsoft briefing, a good hour and a half before the deadline. No applause necessary, we did plenty ourselves.

And we'll do plenty more over the next few days as we dive into the E3 expo itself. Expect a steady stream of blog posts from the show floor, complete with absurd thoughts and embarrassing photos. And maybe another Bingo.

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