Pre-E3 Reader Meet Up

The SCEE team landed on the eve of E3 and our first port of call was to meet Jeff and Chris of the US blog as they held their annual pre-E3 meet with the community.

Fresh of the plane from Heathrow and with jet-lag and Jaffa Cakes in hand (thanks for the tip, X201), I hopped in a cab to Mama’s Hot Tamales Café to meet scores of PlayStation fans hungry for games and tacos.

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An eager queue snaked around West 7th St. as the first 100 in were guaranteed entry to the SCEA press conference on Tuesday – some had camped outside the restaurant early that morning, such is the demand for this huge gaming event. Wearing stickers bearing their names and PlayStation Network IDs, those lucky enough to get in chatted, ate and got an early play of SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo 3 on PSP.

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There was also a tournament where teams competed for PSPs and copies of the game;

Check out Jeff’s report from the event on PlayStation.blog US to see who picked up the coveted prizes.

The biggest cheer of the night came as Jeff and Chris took to the stage (well, a table) to thank everyone for coming and to announce that the lucky 100 would not only be there for Tuesday’s big announcements, they’re also invited to E3 itself and will get their hands on the biggest upcoming games.

It was lovely to see so many PlayStation fans sharing the E3 excitement and it has certainly got us thinking about what we can do back in Europe.

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Wish I were there.

richard4481 02 June, 2009 @ 01:10
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Looks amazing!

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1st to say thanks well done and enjoy..

James Gallagher 02 June, 2009 @ 03:52
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Thank you very much. As long as you guys are enjoying the blog, we’re having a good time bringing it to you.

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maybe not lol enjoy anyway

almighty-slayer 02 June, 2009 @ 01:14
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Hahaha. So jealous. Jeff and Chris are awesome too.

Have fun James

Come on Sony…don’t let us down tomorrow…

Haha, you actually got the Jaffa Cakes :P

James Gallagher 02 June, 2009 @ 03:48
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All in the name of international relations.

Possibly the worst thing about living in NZ now is the lack of Jaffa Cakes…

Hopefully its a good presentation.

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I think Sony are going to blitz this E3, everything was seen coming with the microsoft announcements. Apart from MGS, but that’s multiplat anyway.

Blow me away sony, it really is time for it to happen with the ps3 and psp.

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Man i wish i could meet you guys at E3

StonerHardstyle 02 June, 2009 @ 04:50
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Jaffa Cakes ftw :D

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Hey nice that you keep us updated.
But I really want to know a thing from you.
Is there going to be a metal gear announcement for PS3.
Or did Sony loose the whole game?

I mean PlayStation = MGS, how can Kojima do this to bring it to the 360…

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hahaha! thats awesome that you bought them jaffa cakes.. a truly British snack!

Hopefully yu guys have an EU meetup in London etc before events like the Cologne game convention or Playstation days.

James Gallagher 02 June, 2009 @ 15:10
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We had the Red Faction: Guerilla community day a couple of weeks ago (check earlier in the blog for my colleague Charlotte Large’s write-up) and are always trying to think of ways we can ge to actually meet you guys.

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Dammit, now I want Jaffa Cakes… >_<

Talking about events, is there a chance you’ll do events like Threespeech done?

I’m sure such event will be sold out with in moments and also a great way for the community to meet up and talk.

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Jaffa cakes!!!!!!!!!!!

Is there gonna be something for us Aussies, too?

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Would it be cool if Sony had apple on side, just think last fm. Adertise iTunes so a stab in the back it would be for m$. lol

What country invented the Jaffa cakes? I just can’t remember myself, I know in Finland we have Jaffa pop (pop=Michiganian slang for soda – I have been well trained) and I’m sure Stargate fans get a kick out of Jaffa cakes and pop :)

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nice jaffa cakes, hope to read some good e3 sony articles on here this week, great pictures, good work

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im still reeling after last night Shocker when hideo creep up onto M$ stage, i know a sold out when i see one but 4 hours later i hear this podcast, ‘E3 just started there be more BIG announcements tomorrow‘ concerning those letters on the teaser site, & MGS-rising is not a exclusive the guy from M$ said in a interview after E3-M$ presentation. :)

James, when they are in a mind addled, Jaffa Cake induced torpor. Change the spell checker settings on their blog to British English :D

Jeff is in for a treat when he tries out those Jaffa Cakes! :)

Thanks for keeping us posted James, looks like you’re having a blast over there!

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E3: MGS on 360 WTF!! = FAIL

the colour scheme of that cafe is truly nasty though, HOPE Sony can pull something out of the magic hat and not let M$ steal all our goodies AGAIN! it’s teh GTA all over *goes fetal*

@ E-ROLE – a variant on the threerooms event would be good, and free beer and Jaffa Cakes to all old TS members too :) mind you, i do think the quarantine zone and razorwire covered windows was a bit much, you’d think they didn’t trust us.
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ps: http://threespeech.co.cc the french foreign legion of gaming

RagingWhisky 02 June, 2009 @ 09:41
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[JohnSketch]

I Believe the general consensus within this blog is that a competition be held by the EU Blog team for a grand prixze of Jaffa Cakes..

do it…you know you want to…

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@ Sketch – what a surprise, someones flashing the Jaffas and you turn up :)

they is moderating my other post :( meanies.

sowasred2012 02 June, 2009 @ 09:51
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Jaffa Cakes my arse – someone should’ve whipped a Cornish pasty over there!

Nice touch with the Jaffa Cakes, I remember reading Jeff’s request for them when they announced the EU Blog launch!

Looking forward to tonight’s E3 Sony Press Conference, watched the MS one last night and wasn’t all that impressed if I’m honest – they were doing their best to hype the announcements through the roof but it all seemed a little forced to me… Forza = GT5 wannabe; Alan Wake = Alone in the Dark/Silent Hill Clone (and graphically inferior to the original E3 2005 target trailer); MGS:Rising = MGS4 is only possible on PS3 afterall; Project Natal = glorified PS Eye (although let’s see if they can turn their tech demos into reality, which is something Sony have failed to do so far with the Eye)! They seemed a little light on new exclusives too, and most of the ones they did announce were 2010 releases, they still love buying timed-exclusive DLC though! Nothing shown was unexpected and there was no FFXIII level surprise.

Plenty of room left for Sony to steal the show if they pl...

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Nice touch with the Jaffa Cakes, I remember reading Jeff’s request for them when they announced the EU Blog launch!

Looking forward to tonight’s E3 Sony Press Conference, watched the MS one last night and wasn’t all that impressed if I’m honest – they were doing their best to hype the announcements through the roof but it all seemed a little forced to me… Forza = GT5 wannabe; Alan Wake = Alone in the Dark/Silent Hill Clone (and graphically inferior to the original E3 2005 target trailer); MGS:Rising = MGS4 is only possible on PS3 afterall; Project Natal = glorified PS Eye (although let’s see if they can turn their tech demos into reality, which is something Sony have failed to do so far with the Eye)! They seemed a little light on new exclusives too, and most of the ones they did announce were 2010 releases, they still love buying timed-exclusive DLC though! Nothing shown was unexpected and there was no FFXIII level surprise.

Plenty of room left for Sony to steal the show if they play their cards right!

It’s good to see you together, bring us exciting news!

Andy-McK-4ever 02 June, 2009 @ 10:14
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Fingers crossed for Jak 4 being announced

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How about a Europe meet up at this year Lepzig GC? :D

What’s a Jaffa Cake? :d Sounds tasty.

Have fun and enjoy:)
I think you already won E3 with what we know up font, but always down for a little surprise or two;)
BTW Jaffa is nice!

Looking good, can’t wait to find out what’s in store :)

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Will the E3 coverage in home be live or deferred??
JAFFA CAKES,FTW!!

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Jaffa cakes are awesome!
Oh, yeah, E3 is also quite interesting…

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Do you guys have a teleport to E3 in Norway? Anyway, have fun. Can’t wait for Sonys presentation :D

paintballjoe 02 June, 2009 @ 11:50
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I’m surprised you didn’t eat those jaffa cakes on the plane :D

James Gallagher 02 June, 2009 @ 15:14
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Actually, I did nom a whole pack that very afternoon… those and some Jammie Dodgers – yum!

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James

Any chance of buying some virtual Jaffa cakes in Home? My virtual self is very, very hungry!

Jaffa Cakes = Overrated.

Oh I went there :p

James Gallagher 02 June, 2009 @ 15:15
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Each to their own!

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Mama’s Hot Tamales Café LOL! Got to love that name.

;) Have fun today guys.

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jaffa cakes ftw!

i hope you guys do meet ups like this in the future in places like London, me and my brothers would be there for sure

Care to tell us what a Jaffa cake is for those living in the southern hemisphere? (I don’t even think it’s part of the planet with the amount of stuff we get here!)

RagingWhisky 02 June, 2009 @ 12:31
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@GTR34

[JohnSketch]

Its basically a spongey base with jame in the middle and chocolate on the top – for many years there was debate as to whether it was a biscuit or a cake and it came down to the following:

A Biscuit is hard at first and over time goes soft
A Cake is soft at first and over time goes hard

The Jaffa is the latter :)

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well ozzy friend its a british chocolate biscuit filled with orange jelly mmm yummy now look wot you done im hungry, *walks out to the shops* :D

Gamester101 02 June, 2009 @ 12:48
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Giggety Giggety!

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That picture of Jeff with those Jaffa Cakes made my day! Or, at least, it will until the Press Conference! :D

A gift from Europe for dealing with all of our moaning on the U.S. blog for all this time! ;)

Can’t wait until this evening!

I really feel like going to the shop and getting some for myself :)

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