E3 Mixes Gaming Innovation with Classics

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

CEO and Co-founder of Neon Roots

Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Neon Roots, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.

e3-1Today is the final day of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) and since it’s right in our backyard at the Los Angeles Convention Center, we’ve joined the swarms of gamers, programmers, and tech followers for the annual trade show.  As the largest video game trade show, the E3 annual conference brings tens of thousands of serious gamers together to showcase the latest tech developments, the newest games in the pipeline and the system accessories about to hit the market. The new PS4 and XBox gaming consoles have been the talk of the show in what’s been dubbed the Console Wars by the Los Angeles Times.

e3-2Sony gave fans a first look at the PlayStation 4 which comes with the DualShock 4 controller that now includes a touchpad for finger control. We were interested by the talk of Sony releasing a PS4 app that would allow players to turn their mobile devices such as phones and tablets into active screens. While Microsoft’s XBox One will come with a Kinect sensor controller that is triggered through motion and voice commands.  Nintendo seems a bit quiet this year but announced its upcoming releases which include new versions of classics such as Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.

We did spot some hints of augmented reality features this year at E3. There were rumblings of a PS4 game called The Playroom that showcases virtual 3D orbs and tiny robots as part of an augmented reality game.  There wasn’t much talk about it but it’s definitely something we are keeping our eye on this year!

Overall, it’s been an inspiring gathering with the connection between the intricately designed gaming systems and the crowds of people who live for this stuff.  There’s nothing like being in a room packed with people who are well-versed and passionate about their work and play. Check out a few pics we snapped at E3 yesterday.