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Friday, May 31, 2002
IMG Looks Back at E3 2002
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As gaming sites around the Web wrap up their coverage of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, IMG's Senior News Editor, Sean Smith, has returned from Los Angeles and collected his impressions of Apple's presence at the show and of some of the more memorable games likely to find their way to the Mac.

Here's an excerpt from his retrospective, published today on IMG:

Apple didn't have a booth on the show floor, but they did have a large, comfortable room directly across the hall from the E3 Media Center. It was an enviable location, as no journalist covering the show could avoid walking by Apple's door, plainly marked by the famous monochrome Apple logo.

Some have taken Apple to task for not having a booth on the show floor. Paying the fantastic expense of an E3 booth in an attempt to grab some of the media spotlight from the newest games coming from the big PC publishers and the even bigger console publishers would have been a fool's errand. Making connections, lobbying publishers and developers, and doing deals: that's what Apple could usefully do at the Expo, and to that purpose their presence at the show was ideally suited.

Walking past the 23" Apple HD Cinema Display in the entrance, which seemed to be looping an updated version of the Mac gaming video familiar to visitors to the Mac OS X Gaming Pavilion at this year's Macworld Expo San Francisco, I found a couple of private meeting rooms (always in use), a number of comfortable couches, refreshment, and a bank of networked dual-800 MHz Power Mac G4s. Often in use, the G4s were equipped with a selection of new and upcoming Mac OS X games, including Return to Castle Wolfenstein (team games seemed to be very popular) and Max Payne, both of which were buttery smooth, even on the stock GeForce2 MX, to my very pleasant surprise....

For the rest of Smith's retrospective, including his first-hand impressions of Age of Mythology, Star Trek Elite Force II, Harbinger, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, Unreal II: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Doom III, follow the link below.

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