Today I earn my TAY field reporter badge. Instead of the usual anime /retro game / music making binge, I took my camera phone and went to this years (the very first!) edition of Lisbon Games Week, Portugal’s very own tiny e3. Slowly but surely, we are indeed beginning to have a “proper” video game industry in my country.

Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.

Since it’s Saturday, today’s attendance was trough the roof. But the space was well organize enough to allow us to flow freely around the the whole thing. As expected, both Sony and Microsoft had a huge, flashy chunk of the area because my country is very Sony friendly and I even feel a bit bad about Microsoft because their Xbox One arrived just a few months ago in Portugal, leaving ample time for both the Wii U and Playstation 4 settle in homes in Portuguese lairs.

Bringing a super car to a video games convention. That’s Sony for you.

Sony had a ton of PS3 and PS4 units on the floor showcasing a wide range of games, including some Playstation Move titles that seem popular with the younger audience. I have to say I was quite impressed with Project C.A.R.S. which I one day hope to won on Wii U.

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Microsoft too didn’t fail to impress me with the likes of Forza Motorsport 2. Truly we came a long way in three decades regarding racing games. I was also able to see Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare running for the first time. It really hurts not having the game on Wii U because it truly looks like the best entry in the series since Black Ops.

Only on Xbox One, but who has one in Portugal?

WB Games had a very nice Mortal Kombat X testing arena, but sadly I was not allowed to take any pictures. That didn’t stop me and a friend to give one hell of a show, me as Raiden and him as Scorpion. The main difference between us and the other folks was that the first thing I did when the game load was hit pause on my Ps4 controller and voilà, special moves displayed in all their glory! Our match was thus far more flashy with thunder and fire all over the place then just the usual button mashing. He got the first round, I got the second round and I finally got him in a too close to call third round. After building some hype, I unleashed my fatality: a simple jab to the face. Got quite a few laughs from everyone around.

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Nintendo’s space was very impressive. Tons of Wii U’s with Mario Kart 8 to play and lots of 3DS demo units. That didn’t really matter, because everyone had a 3DS in there (I got 30 street passes!) and there was a lot of both Pokemon and Super Smash Brothers action going around. Nintendo clearly knows their stuff, judging from both kids and grown ups of both genders gathering around their stands.

MOBAs! I don’t understand them, thus they must be art.

ASUS being one of the major event promoters had a very big cut of the floor. There were both Counter-Strike and League of Legends competitions going on but I admit to have been rather distracted with the lovely ladies cosplaying around me at this time of the event. But it must have been exciting, I heard the crowd roar quite a few times in the audience, so it was surely good and fun for everyone. I dare however not imagine the price on those ASUS gaming rigs. Those specs were off the chart! I often I forget: We live in the Future.

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But I was not there to play the games of now. I was there for something else entirely.

On the other side of the screen, it looks so easy...

I finally go to see The RiftCycles Project live! This thing continues to prove ridiculously popular, so much so the line went for quite a long way around he floor. If you don’t know what it is, feel free to read my previous article about it. I was also able to meet The Arcade Man in person. We chat for quite a a bit, he is indeed an awesome guy.

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After that it time to hit the Retro corner. Of course that’s where I spent most of my time. I will allow for the pictures to speak for themselves here:

Don’t tilt it!

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Hard choices: NES or N64? Mario Kart 64 remains awesome!

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Who needs Mortal Kombat X when you got MKII on SNES? A personal favourite.

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Oh my, a Turbografx-16 running Compile’s Blazing Lazers!

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20 years later and still no one wants to play with Atari’s Jaguar.

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Mario 64 had to be there, showing people how a 3D platformer is done.

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My old favourite Rex running on a ZX Spectrum 128k.

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Running BASIC on Amstrad.

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A vision of horror: The hard plastic keyboard on the ZX Spectrum 48k! Trust me, this was an awful keyboard on otherwise excellent 8-bit microcomputer.

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What’s better than 3 Game Gears but worse than 5? 4 Game Gears.

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 versus on a complete Megadrive II + Mega CD II setup.

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S.W.I.V. running on the computer that made me the man I am today: The Commodore Amiga 500+.

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A vision of beauty: Treasure’s Guardian Heroes running on Sega Saturn.

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Flight Simulator running on a portable Aplle Macintosh!

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The ever elusive CD32! Running a ton of games!

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Allister Brimble’s Project X main title tune remains epic as ever.

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ROCKET LAWN CHAIR!

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Solo Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

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Finally got me some quality time wit this!

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I really , REALLY want one!

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It’s bigger and not as nice as the Japanese version, but it got where it counts.

This was indeed an awesome afternoon spent among memories both old and new. I wish I had more time and the place wasn’t so crowded, there were lots of places where I simply did not make it (namely the national indies games space) and ended up playing very little. But it’s definitely a very good event to have over here and I hope they will keep having them for years to come. and now if you will excuse me, my SNES needs my attention.

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Today’s spoils of war.