Alright, some personalized pictures from Monday’s event! Even though I didn’t really get my picture taken “with” LeVar Burton, I am IN a picture with LeVar Burton. I count that a win! (You can see my head to the left of Chris’s face.)
Here’s a more thorough (although somewhat pessimistic) run-through of the acts at the Activision party, from my favorite game website, Kotaku. Also, I forgot to mention earlier one of the best parts of the evening: free beer, wine, and concession stand food! You could just walk up to any counter, order what you want, and they would ring you up for it. But then you could walk away without paying, with no fear of being tackled by a security guard! Later in the evening I think the Staples Center staff was anxious to charge Activision for as much food as they could, because they were literally walking up to people and handing them pretzels and boxed candy.
Last night’s Activision E3 party in LA was pretty freakin’ awesome. Usher, will.i.am, a bunch of renowned DJs, Tony Hawk, Jane’s Addiction, Soundgarden, Travis Barker (the drummer from Blink-182), the lead singer from Tool, an intense set from Eminem, Rihanna… and those are just the artists I recognized!
They also presented the best game trailer-watching experience I’ve ever had, with massive real-life pyrotechnics accompanying the gunfire and explosions as a helicopter blew stuff up on-screen for Call of Duty: Black Ops (all to a riveting score performed by a full live orchestra).
But the best experience of the night was shaking hands with LeVar Burton, famous for his role as Geordi La Forge on Star Trek and as the host of Reading Rainbow!!! We knew he would be at the show from a Tweet he posted earlier yesterday, and while at the show we found him standing on the dance floor directly in front of us! After causing enough ruckus, he came over and gave us handshakes and fist bumps. When we failed to take a picture with him due to the iPhone’s lack of a flash, he hand-signaled FOUR-POINT-OH to us as he melted back into the crowd (the soon-to-be-released iPhone 4 will have an LED flash built into its camera). Amazing.
This is really old news, but it’s still pretty cool, so I wanted to throw it up here anyway. During the Apple iPhone 3.0 Firmware/SDK unveiling, one of our testers noticed that Apple had our Wheel of Fortune game installed on their demo iPhone. Projected on the big screen and everything! Here’s the screenshot that the tester captured:
Also – and again, old news – Kotaku had posted a brief article about the mobile titles 007: Top Agent and Ghostbusters coming to the iPhone. Ghostbusters was ported by one of my dev buddies at Javaground, and of course Top Agent is my baby. They’re both available now, but it’s still cool that Kotaku had announced the impending release of these titles.
iZombieland is now ranked #5 of all paid applications on the iPhone App Store. And ranked #4 in the games category. That’s incredible!
Coinciding with the Zombieland DVD and Blu-Ray release, the iPhone game I developed, iZombieland, is soaring on the charts! It’s currently ranked at #18 on the Top Paid Apps list (that’s out of ALL apps!), and my friend at Sony told me it reached #12 at one point! The game is getting some amazing love – there is an insert in the DVD advertising the game, and Apple will list the game in the “What’s Hot” section later in the week, which should boost it even higher! I feel like I need to buy the movie now, just to get the insert…
Also, this is the perfect opportunity for me to show off the Zombieland poster that our Javaground artists made for the game. It looks great, and features some of our favorite review quotes!
Brian Crecente of Kotaku considers UniWar the first of his “Sixteen Games That Make iPhone Gaming Worthwhile!” Kotaku is my go-to source for all video game news. So it’s an honor to have a Javaground game plugged like this!