AJ’s Datebook: Battlestations, Street Fighter, Spore & D3

Now that the holiday rush has officially died down, it’s time to get back to business – the business of game showcases.

This week, I’m off to a Battlestations: Pacific multiplayer event on the USS Hornet anchored in Alameda, CA. The game is an action RTS for the PC and 360, featuring “28 major battles, 100 units including 21 new units, five new innovative multi-player modes: island capture, kamikaze attacks, and an improved easy-to-use interface.” Hm…gotta make sure I pack my Dramamine.


After that is the third installment in the Street Fighter IV Fight Club, and since I missed the first two, this’ll be interesting.

"Bring your A game because there are bound to be a few pros in the crowd if our last two events are any indication," says the invite. It all goes down in San Francisco from 8pm to midnight. Gotta make sure I pack my Starbucks.


Next week, I’m hitting up a Spore 2009 Line-up Reveal at the Varnish Fine Art Gallery in San Francisco. I have no idea what to pack for this one, since the dress code at the last Spore event was sort of… weird.


I have even less of an idea of what to expect from Sporein 2009 beyond the Spore Galactic Adventures expansion. Maybe a firebreathing patch so I can make my winged pink phallic creatures into dragons?

Last, but not least, D3 is hosting a gamer’s day called "Game Fest: Dorks, Dealers and Double-Ds." I can only imagine what they’re hoping I’ll pack. Insert eye roll here. The games on the list for this event include Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers, Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad, Puzzle Quest: Galactrix and Texas Cheat ‘Em.


Stay tuned for impressions as embargoes expire. A drop be a comment to say which game(s) you're most excited about.

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