Last year was a blast, I had a great time meeting many of you and exchanging buttons!
As some of you know I'm an MS Xbox MVP and today I'm reaching out to you guys for comments on past Xbox booths, demonstrations and what you liked and disliked about Microsofts participation.
I personally enjoyed it back in '07 when they had the soft beanbag styled couches. I also enjoyed interacting with some of the people behind Xbox like Major Nelson, E, Trixie and others. They were always around the booth or speaking on a panel.
Getting a glimpse at the NXE was also a highlight. Major Nelson's vigorous shaking of a "No Cameras Allowed!" sign was rather comical!
Hopefully this year there will be another sneak-peek of something interesting...?
The previous years lounge area deal seemed cool, I think something like that with one or two big screens, two big 4 seater couches (green of course) and get some of the single-console social gaming going, like Scene It, Lips and that kinda thing, get a crowd around the couch. Something like that would be great. I think that promotes what Xbox360 and NXE are all about, turning your living room into an entertainment room. The standup, single player kiosks are good for showing off demo's and multi-console games like Gears or Halo, but the shared experiences around a couch are where it becomes a fun experience, like how the Left 4 Dead booth was last year (although that is a game based entirely around that shared experience.
Majornelson getting people to take photos of him with the 'NO CAMERAS' sign was a highlight for me hehe maybe having some more Xbox personalities there, like Stepto representing the policy and enforcement crew (maybe a closed 18+ session so he can bring out his LIST OF BAD WORDS that we keep hearing being bleeped out on the Major Nelson podcast! I'd be up for that. We could share notes!
I think i seen him around there last year.