E3 2011 has been over for a week now, and gamers have had plenty of time to come to grips with the announcements made at the show. It’s easy to reel off the highlights of this year’s event, headlined by Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s PlayStation Vita, though those are not what we’ll be focusing on here.

E3 offers publishers and developers a massive stage and an enthusiastic audience. When a demo truly connects the effect can be electric, as with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at E3 2009. However, the opposite can also be true. Any number of things can go wrong: technical difficulties, flubbed line readings, celebrities ill suited to play games on stage, over-caffeinated hosts.

These “unscripted” moments can be the most entertaining parts of the big E3 Press Conferences, at least for the audience, and that’s what we will be celebrating here. From “Lightsaber — on!” to “We’ll be partnering with AT&T as the exclusive carrier for PlayStation Vita in the United States,” all the most cringe-worthy moments from E3 2011 have been distilled into three minutes and forty-four seconds of glorious failure.

Thanks to the efforts of YouTube user xpantherx, we present you with The Worst of E3 2011.


Yikes, indeed. Time will tell, but it’s tough to imagine any of these “misadventures” overshadowing the defeated groan that escaped the audience at Sony’s Press Conference when the Vita/AT&T partnership was announced — though the “Please reconnect controller” prompt during the Modern Warfare 3 demo at Microsoft’s Press Conference was pretty good, too.

Nintendo doesn’t make an appearance in the Worst of E3 2011 video, so we’ll go ahead and nominate the ongoing Wii U controller issue as its E3 lowlight, even though that news has largely played out post E3. In nearly every other instance, xpantherx seems to have pretty well nailed the noteworthy failures of the show.

Oh, and seriously, great job, Jeremy.

What was your favorite foible of E3 2011? What other moments would you have included in the Worst of E3 2011 video?

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Source: xpantherx’s YouTube Channel

tags: E3 2011, GR Picks