Katrina Rebuilding, Funds Are Still Needed

Maybe a lot of people have already seen this video or heard this song from Mos Def called Katrina Klap. It was released after Katrina crashed in and devastated so many lives. I just wanted to bring this to the light again and let people know that funds are still needed for the rebuilding of Katrina struck areas. Mos Def’s politically charged video is ideal to remind us of the tragedy and the events that followed. The video and MP3 can be downloaded and streamed at PressTheIssue.org and has different places to donate for the Katrina Relief. Please donate even if it is only a dollar or more.

E3 and Me (My First Experience) Review Part 1

My E3 experience could not be summoned up in one word. It would probably fill up three thousand pages if I wrote out every little detail of days at the big event. To give you a picture of my mindset and excitement going into E3, I will have to give you a little bit of my video gamer background. I will also tell you how I got my pass into the show, some of the companies that were there and the video I shot.

I don’t think my mom even knows this but I will have to credit her with my first gaming experience. My mom would bring home her computer from work probably a Commodore, I don’t remember but the games were addicting. My first video game system was an Atari 2600 with a lot of great games like Commando and Pacman and one of the weirdest, nonsensical games ever invented: E.T. Wait that is getting a little negative lets turn it around. He was green if you had a color television back then that is positive, right! More quarters dropped in arcades than I could count back then. Fast forward to present day and a growing video game addiction and we come to my very first experience at E3.

Again special thanks to Clark Steel at Gamerave.com for the pass. When I received the pass I immediately got all three days off from both my jobs because I wanted to get the full experience. Next I had to get the requirements for E3 so I used my first job because they actually used to attend before I started working there. They would go for educational games but stopped for lack of educational games offered at the show. So I go to register a day before the event and had all the credentials from my company. I asked the lady at the desk if I had to use my company’s name or if I could use my website company. She said it would be fine to use the website name. So on my new shiny badge it said Tobias Henry, Game Consultant/Reviewer, EclipticSight.com. With my badge in had I was ready for the next day. Let me tell you I could not even sleep that night thinking of all the games I was going to see and play.

I picked the perfect time to attend E3 2005 because the next-gen consoles were going to be shown with the exception of the Nintendo Revolution. That was a big disappointment on their part. All the big players in the video game and computer industry were there from Sony, Microsoft, EA, Nintendo and a host of small and independent developers that I didn’t even know about.

I made sure to have my MiniDV camera in hand to record the event but later after reviewing the film, I found out most of it was pixelated with garbage on the screen and could not use it. I also took my PSP to E3 hoping to get demos or something but no luck. I do have a good story about my PSP and Nintendo for later. I got the capture below from the now retired MiniDV with my swag in all its greatness.

E3 and Me (My First Experience)

First, I have to thank Clark Steel at Gamerave.com(seems the sight has not been updated for awhile) for giving me the tickets to go to E3. None of this would have been possible without him and his Sony PSP blog site. He actually gave me the ticket for free because he had guess passes and I meet the E3 requirements. I didn’t have to pay him or do some crazy contest he was just being a cool guy with out any hidden agenda in return. Had the time of my life at E3, check out the reviews to see why.

Four Part Review:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4