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Quotes From the Floor

Despite being the last day, the floor is still packed. Prior to the staff's opening of the doors, the crowds lined up outside, ready to rush in at the first possible moment. At 9 PT, the moment arrived and the group surged forward like the Running of the Bulls.

Some opinions from the show floor:

Eric Rodriguez, an Earthlink employee from Glendora, Calif.: "I'm definitely going to shell out the $700 for the PS3!" Said he's disappointed at the lack of Madden NFL games at Electronic Arts' booth. Also disappointed that there didn't seem to be an enormous improvement between the 2006 and 2007 versions.

Randolph D'Amore of Anaheim, Calif.: "The Wii blows everything out of the water this year. [The] controller is immersive, anyone can pick it up." Genuinely impressed by the Wii controller's ease of use for players of any age. "The Wii is the only real innovation this year."

Sean Levin of Topanga Canyon, Calif.: Commented that Final Fantasy XII seems to be a little out of date graphically... the Xbox 360's graphics are up to date. No real innovation from the Japanese markets, but the American markets are also guilty of this. Most of what's being seen tends to be very pretty versions of new games. He wants more online role playing games that "don't suck your life away."

Nelson Quintanilla of Irvine, Calif.: Excited about Battlefield 2142, Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Crysis and Call of Duty 3. Liked the release of the PlayStation 3 and what they've done with it. "It's not that different from the old one."

Anonymous person catching his breath outside the Expo: "I'm really looking forward to the Wii. ... I was initially impressed with the PlayStation 3, but not with the price." Mentioned that he spends in excess of $5,000 per year on video games. Was disappointed that Nintendo didn't announce a set price or definite release date on the Wii. "I have it on reservation." Also, "the booth girls are great. ... I see their attire toned down, but I don't see a lack of them."

Debbie Fields and Maria Quintero, graduate students at UCLA: "The only females here really seem to be models and announcers," Fields said. She claimed she liked the Nintendo DS games and the Lord of the Rings Online game. "I like the quick puzzle and racing games," said Quintero, who mentioned a proclivity toward Sudoku and the casual Nintendo DS titles.

By Bob Greiner  |  May 12, 2006; 2:48 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Dispatches
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