The biggest news you missed from E3 2010

You don’t have to tell me E3 was a massive blur, a headache inducing avalanche of news, announcements, and headlines. But now that the news ogre has gone back to sleep for another year, it’s time to take stock of all that happened last week. While Microsoft and Sony stole our time with derivatively boring motion shit, Nintendo scorched our minds with awesomeness, and with blockbuster games like Portal 2, Rage, Gears of War 3, Killzone 3, Dead Space 2 and more vying for our attention, lots of smaller, but noteworthy things happened that you may have missed. So now, in no particular order, here’s the biggest news that fell under the radar.

New You Don’t Know Jack coming from THQ

At the beginning of the the Giant Bomb podcast last week, the signature voice of the classic trivia game You Don’t Know Jack, Cookie Masterson, made a surprise appearance. After some witty banter he revealed that the series, which has been basically dormant for years, will finally be making a return, thanks to a new deal between the developers Jellyvision Games and publisher THQ. Apparently it’s been in the works for a little while, but no real release date was given.

Above: These fake ads were funny long before GTA III came out

Over the last few years of games like Buzz and Scene It! coming to consoles and trying to be funny, we had been waiting for YDKJ to come back and show console gamers what funny actually is. Yes, you can play a new-ish, browser-based version of it right now, but that isn't really the same. And the gaming world could always use more legitimately humorous games, so we hope Jellyvision hasn’t lost its touch.

THQ quietly announces some expected and unexpected sequels

Publisher THQ had a real presence at the show, demoing new games like WWE All Stars and Red Faction: Armageddon, and debuting the trailer for Devil’s Third, but they also made some smaller, stranger announcements that you may have missed. First there was the casual reveals of Darksiders 2 and Saint’s Row 3, which we pretty much assumed existed anyway, but this was the first official news we'd heard about them and their planned 2012 release dates.  We were fans of Darksiders and its Zelda-for-grown-ups vibe and glad to see the dev Core Games is hard at work on a sequel. And the Saint’s Row announcement was surprising in its nonchalantness - it was offhandedly mentioned as coming out when the Saint’s Row movie (?) hits theaters.

Above: There’s going to be a movie of this? 

What was really unanticipated was the news that THQ was getting in the very lucrative personal fitness genre, but they aren’t making some wussy Wii Fit clone. Instead, they’re aiming at the agro bros who love UFC, as they parlay their UFC game license to make UFC Trainer. They plan on putting the new motion control options out there to good use in this game that promises to make you fit like a UFC champ, which we suppose mean exercising six hours a day like they do. Sounds like FUN!

You can play Child of Eden with a controller too

If you’re like me your first reaction to seeing Child of Eden at Ubisoft’s press conference was one of excited wonderment. Your very next thought was, “crap, now I actually have to get Kinect/Move to play the damn thing.” After all the Wii-too-late garbage Sony and Microsoft bored everyone with at their press conferences, I was hoping to just be able to save money and not spend more than $100 on those things, but here comes the creator of Rez to make something worth buying one of those contraptions to play.

I soon breathed a sigh of relief (and had a good laugh) after reading this story, which has one of the game’s developers taking MS to task for not including them in their press conference. It turns out that, despite it being displayed with motion controls, CoE can still be played with a traditional controller. After polling a couple of peers who played it I’ve heard that while the motion controlled version is a little more immersive, it gets kind of tiring to keep moving to the beat. So I think I’ll just keep my lazy butt on the couch and save $150 if it’s all the same to you.

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  • Metroidhunter32 - June 27, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    Almost all of this went over my head until the yoshi's island remake. Then, I got excited.
  • wrapdump - June 24, 2010 12:42 p.m.

    @VenomVip7 Yeah, because Sony and Nintendo only employ well-fed Westerners.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 24, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    Let's all pour out a brew for the old Rare. I do not hate them; rather, I hate Microsoft for under-utilizing their talents, something David Wise clearly understood. A damn shame.
  • jmcgrotty - June 23, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Psst, got a secret for you: Final Fantasy Tactics sucks donkey eggs.
  • Spybreak8 - June 23, 2010 6:48 a.m.

    Yeah I read about Pikmin 3 with a few interviews of Miyamoto online. He wanted to be very hush hush about it. Then again it's the internet, he should know better haha.
  • Mexiflan - June 23, 2010 5:02 a.m.

    Megaman 2 and Yoshi's Island? I'm sold.
  • Limbo - June 23, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    I miss Pikmin...hopefully it'll come out sometime in the next few years.
  • GodofPS314 - June 22, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    I may be the only person here who will say this, but I want Pikmin 3!
  • Zanthis - June 22, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    I don't want to play Child of Eden with a controller, I want to look like a bad ass Minority Report style while playing what looks to be an amazing follow up to Rez. Unless of course I can hook up controller to be the new transvibrator a la Rez HD.
  • therawski - June 22, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    I'm sorry, but child of eden just looks boring, kinect has no buttons so you are limited, there is always an end to what you can do. I can't get excited over a reskinning of a game that came out in 2001 that was only fun on shrooms!
  • thor0997 - June 22, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    I just want to shit all over Rare! They have fallen so far! I smell a new Sonic Team! Damnit!
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 22, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    No news on Kingdom Hearts 3? Yet there are three KHs coming to handhelds? That is Ridonculous.
  • avantguardian - June 22, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    ditto on child of first thought when i saw the trailer was "well, i guess i'm not gonna get to play that...kinda shitty because i'm a fan of rez...kinect is garbage" or something along those lines...
  • AuthorityFigure - June 22, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    Who ever said they wanted Assassin's Creed on the 3DS?
  • philipshaw - June 22, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    I have missed all this news, thanks for sharing it Hank
  • Masterdagon - June 22, 2010 7:01 a.m.

    i have 2 admit, when i heard the Secret of Mana starting song, i think i jizz'd myself
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 22, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    If I could, I'd like a portable Super Metroid with the controls of Fusion and Zero Mission, but with the 3ds functionality... Not downloaded too. reCAPTCHA: workweek much That Nintendo better be working hard...
  • StickyLungs - June 22, 2010 3:38 a.m.

    Thank you for this list. You Don't Know Jack and Donkey Kong Country in the same list and I'm forced to comment.
  • VenomVip7 - June 22, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    @Pocotron Because if it did then they couldnt use the foreign children for cheap labor they'd actually have to use some high tech engineers or something.
  • Pocotron - June 22, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    I don't believe that crap they pull with the 360. "Oh, it won't Red Ring, it'll just shut itself off so it won't break!" Why can't it work like a normal console should?!