GN CES 2006 Wrap-Up Report Feature - The Next Level

GN CES 2006 Wrap-Up Report

Where games, geeks, and gadgets collide. (Just like E3!)

Article by Jeremiah Conlon (Email)
January 23rd 2006, 07:35AM


The International Consumer Electronics Association Show is the time and place where consumer electronics companies show off their latest and greatest wares on the floor, in the back rooms, and in the bars and brothels of Las Vegas. Having spent the last week partying hard – I mean, diligently exploring the most exciting trends and consumer electronics goods hitting the market in the coming year, Got-Next agreed to share my unique slant on the event.


From January 5-9, I ran all over the place - interviewing, snapping photos, securing access to a hot game preview (no, really! Dead Rising), and providing analysis on all the interactive entertainment news coming out of CES. Sure, other game publications may have better quality pictures or more in depth CES information, but do they have exclusive interviews with Sony? I don’t think so. How about recent Nintendo hardware announcements? Nope. If you want the inside scoop on the most important videogame related news of CES 2006, keep reading. Got-Next is the place to be.

Without a CES plan of attack, you could end up wandering aimlessly for days. Luckily, I created a mod for Doom, mapping out the entire CES show floor weeks ahead of the actual event. By the way, I haven’t found any fellow space marines who can beat the final boss in my CES Doom mod.


Some might argue this was some horrible level design


CES Pet Care

Before starting off for the show, I first had to drop my dog off at the CES Doggy Daycare service center.


Stay away from the robo-dog!


Lifestyle Gaming

I was intrigued with a prototype Cabela’s themed civilian Monster Truck gaming solution package.




Nintendo didn’t have a huge presence at the show? You clearly weren’t in the know (and didn’t attend the secretive Mario discotheque event).


Mario’s nose actually looks a lot smaller in person. Really. Moreso, Nintendo’s Revolution hardware announcements at CES really caught me off guard! My first picture blows the lid off the highly secretive prototype version of Nintendo’s next generation R.O.B controller, side by side with the original NES version.

When bundled with the Revolution, the cost to consumers is speculated at no more than $1.2 million dollars. It’s important to note that the analyst we spoke to feels this price point would severely limit the bundle’s chance in the marketplace. I have to agree – considering the market with that sort of disposable income includes only Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.


On top of that, it seems that after all these years, Nintendo is still gingerly tiptoeing around an effective multiplayer game solution. Avoiding wireless solutions with this 4 TV split-screen gaming add-on, it seems Nintendo is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase "split screen gaming". It can’t be any worse planned or executed on than Wi-fi for Mario Kart DS, can it?


Even though Nintendo brought about some huge buzz with their hardware announcements, two other teeny, tiny little game companies actually had a larger presence on the front lines of CES.

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