Somebody commit me: I keep doing things I say I'm going to stop doing. And I don't just mean playing MGS2 Substance's VR Missions (yes, I'm still hooked), but also registering for E3. My media confirmation came through yesterday, and I immediately proceeded to book a flight and a hotel room. On the former, Expedia has traditionally done a better job of offering discount fares than E3's travel agency, but this year, the latter is equipping attendees with a discount code and telling them to go directly to the airlines. Great Gatsby, Batman – that's "discount" with a capital count – as in, count the savings!

Oh. And E3 is about games. So let's talk about that.

I had consciously altered my brain waves into a thought pattern that perceived Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball as a game releasing this week. Unfortunately, my influence did not, this time, extend to reality, and so I'm left to look forward to getting my mitts on Panzer Dragoon Orta. Oh, the humanity…

Speaking of which, I was looking at the games I've reviewed or are reviewing this month: the two aforementioned Xbox games, as well as Dragon's Lair 3D, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers… all of which are based on some existing property. Since most of these games rock, I'm not complaining, but I'm amused to notice there's nothing new under the sun.