Archive: After Hours

I Would Play Sega With Harrison Ford ...

Game publisher Capcom threw a neat party last night in an art gallery on trendy Melrose Avenue that features an exhibit of art inspired by vintage video games, called Gallery nineteen eighty eight. The show's co-curator, Jon M. Gibson -- a freelance writer who pens cartoon shows and video game manuals -- offered a walkthrough, as a group of game industry folks checked out the art or played '80s-era arcade games while hanging out in an open space behind the gallery. The exhibit explores the worlds of Mario and Pac-Man with oil and acrylic, in works that have titles like...

By Bob Greiner | May 11, 2006; 02:59 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Gathering Beads at IGDA Party

The other party I attended last night was for the International Game Developers Association. Funny thing is, the guys who actually make the games don't always get invited to the swank parties, which exist largely to build up good vibes with retail buyers. The organization devised a little game to serve as an icebreaker. Attendees received a random handful of beads on entry. To get a drink, attendees had to swap beads around until they have five of the same kind, which they could redeem for a drink ticket. Game designers aren't always outgoing and social folks, so this was...

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 02:40 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

'Land Straight'

This was mentioned to us in the Wilshire Grand's elevator, the legendary Tony Hawk (a man who has more than proven that falling on concrete doesn't hurt after a while) murmuring it to us through a sheepish grin. For some reason, we entered the elevator only to find one of the greatest skaters the world has ever known leaning against the wall, the lanky one looking tired but happy as he rode down to meet his friends for dinner. Not bad advice. E3's parties are in full swing, attendees comparing invitations and events on a near-competitive scale. Get into the...

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 02:23 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Will.i.am's Link to Hollywood

Just leaving the Nintendo party ... the Black Eyed Peas played most of an hour, including a great short version of "Sweet Child of Mine." During a break Will.i.am told the crowd, "I can't wait until the day there's a Zelda movie. ... [Expletive verb] that 'Lord of the Rings' [expletive noun]!" He told the crowd he's been pitching a Zelda movie to the Nintendo people, telling them who he would play -- which would not be the main character, who as Will pointed out, is not African American. -- Mike Musgrove...

By Bob Greiner | May 10, 2006; 12:14 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Encounter With the Birdman

Chris, Jose and I were in a hotel elevator and ran into Tony Hawk. Legendary skater Tony Hawk at the Grand Wilshire Hotel. (Chris Barylick) We asked him what he was up to -- he said he was going out to dinner with some Activision people. I apologized for making his head bleed in the game so many times. His advice was: "Hey man, land straight." -- Mike Musgrove...

By Bob Greiner | May 9, 2006; 09:53 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Party Hardly

E3 without E3 parties is like the Oscars minus the Vanity Fair party, like the Superbowl minus the half-time show, like ... well, you get the point. Year in and year out, E3 parties have been legendary: very, very VIP, though with lots of Ps and not enough Vs and Is. Think free booze and chow, think A-list entertainers, think lots of swag, think who-do-I-have-know-to-get-an-invite? (Always a flack. The omnipotent flack.) Last year, Nintendo had Maroon 5, Microsoft had the Killers and the Chemical Brothers and Sony had Liz Phair, Jimmy Eat World and Brandon Boyd of Incubus. That's why...

By Bob Greiner | May 9, 2006; 03:20 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 

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