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It Came From The Collection 11: E3 2001 Trinkets, Postcards & More


EPISODE 11: E3 2001 Trinkets, Postcards & More
Let’s look at some trinkets, business cards, stickers, and even postcards from E3 2001. It was a bygone age when you’d get spam in your literal, physical mailbox to come see hot new games on the show floor!

GameCube paper promo with CD-ROM trailer disc
Sonic Adventure 2 “Unleashed” card

ANNO 1503
Nintendo Blast Radius
Millie Meter Tivola CD-ROM
Midway Games
Worms: Global Worming + Stickers

E3 Media kit CD-ROM
FunCom’s amazing business card
Infogrames business card
NetGames Multiplayer SDK mini CD
Ubisoft Roadrage GBA holo sticker
Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2 sticker
Netbaby card
Soulcalibur trading card pack!
Xbox promo cards for Johnny Drama (canceled game)!

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

E3 2001: Rubu Tribe Hands-on (Canceled Game) 📺 From The Collection TV

For the month of June, It Came From The Collection and ICFTC -TV- are going back in time to E3 2000 and 2001! Some of this has been shared on GameLuv in the past but it’s here again with new trimmings and higher resolution video.

Under development by Outrage Games and to be published by Interplay, Rubu Tribe was an ambitious proto-open world survival platformer for PlayStation 2. Control Muku and lead the rubu tribe to success as you explore the alien world, utilize the special skills of the other rubus, and direct the journey of the Utt, a gigantic creature that carries the rubus entire city on its back.

The game was right up my alley and I was super excited to get this hands-on time with an early build. You can hear me and Maxx (he’s the one filming) talking with someone from Outrage Games about the game’s features while I run around the demo area. Unfortunately the game was abandoned and Outrage went on to release Alter Echo. By way of Twitter I found out that Brad Muir (@MrMooEar) helped out on Rubu Tribe before it was canceled.

📺 About the Show 📺
It Came From The Collection -TV- is a supplemental series to my hands-on videos. These clips, commercials, and programs go live every Saturday morning to recapture the spirit of the legendary cartoon lineups and laser-focused marketing aimed at young minds. I’ve tried to clean up the picture and sound, and render them at 1080p for a more viewable presentation. ICFTC -TV- ! Part of a nutritious breakfast!

PlayStation 4: Our Once and *Former* King?

I hold to the belief that the current ruler of the console space at any given time didn’t get there by being smart, visionary, or tactful. They got there largely for one reason: the hubris of the former ruler of the console space. Nintendo dominated with the SNES and Wii but fumbled with misjudged follow-ups. Sony dominated with PlayStation 1 and 2 but overpromised on PlayStation 3 and hobbled developers with exceedingly proprietary architecture. Microsoft took the lead for the fantastic Xbox 360 era but reneged on their promise of a digital-only future, giving disgruntled gamers only one recourse: PlayStation 4.

In all these cases, the current leader did more to set themselves back than the competition did to deftly outsmart them and Sony is just the latest example. They’ve been riding that good will gale of Xbox dejecters since 2013 but their blowhard ego is very nearly ready to shred through their own sails. The signs have been on display for years: After bolstering their meager lineups with streams of indie titles, they’ve cooled immensely on promoting smaller developers. They continue to dance around the inability to change your PlayStation Network ID name. But most visibly is their continued stance against online cross-play between rival platforms.

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been extending the olive branch of cross-play peace for years and Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime has most recently remained open to the idea. Sony, in comparison, seems dead set against it and they are quickly alienating themselves from the rest of the industry. This has all come to a head after Fortnite debuted on the Nintendo Switch this week and left players who had previously played on PlayStation 4 with inaccessible accounts.

The situation is upsetting enough but Sony’s response (thus far, at least) is worrying. The official statement is a self-aggrandizing one that prides Sony on being open to the PlayStation community’s wishes while completely ignoring the complaint. The statement delivered to the BBC reads:

“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. With… more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles.

We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms. We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point.”

This, I feel, is one of those moments when you can see the tide turning, the overinflated ego unable to rebalance itself after a misstep that sends it full-tilt into oncoming traffic. PlayStation 4 is strong, but growth is slowing. If cross-platform play is where Sony digs in their heels — while more online-only games release every year that support it outside of PS4 — then by the time they reluctantly concede it could be too late.

Where would the crown go from there? Microsoft has an amazing platform but they’re still suffering from the “always-on” backlash and are missing the exciting exclusives to spark a major shift to their side. The Xbox One X hardware, the Play Anywhere and Game Pass features, and Mixer integration are a great groundwork for a fantastic leader but the games and support just aren’t there. Still, if you’re pissed at Sony and want to play The Division 2, Anthem, Fallout 76, or Rise of the Tomb Raider, Xbox is your only console recourse.

That said, I think Nintendo is poised to gain the biggest boost should Sony drive the divide between its players too wide. The Switch continues to sell well and Nintendo is still riding high on the wave of “It’s coming to the Switch” announcements. They’re also using indie Nindie releases to great effect in supporting their traditionally thin lineup.

Would enough PlayStation dissidents side with Nintendo? Would that be enough to push player and publisher support for the Switch over the already beleaguered Xbox? Look, I’m terrible at predicting this stuff but I do believe a changing of the guard is coming. I just wanted to put this out there because it’s a pattern I’ve been thinking about for a while now. What do you think? If Sony royally pissed you off, where would you go?

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 13th – E3 Edition!

It’s Free! on the PlayStation Store for June 13th - E3 Edition!

I was hoping for a little more excitement for this week’s E3 freebie update but, well, we got Fallout Shelter right?

It’s old news now but Todd Howard and Bethesda announced near the end of their E3 presentation that the free-to-play vault builder, Fallout Shelter, was “available… right… now” on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. While the Switch may be the most desirable place to play the game, PlayStation Plus members at least get a free pack of goodies to give their adventure a kickstart. The only other major notable is a free demo of the upcoming Shining Resonance Refrain from Sege and a free theme to commemorate the launch of Unravel 2 from EA.

Beyond that we’ve got the regularly scheduled PS+ bonus for 3on3 FreeStyle and Fortnite is giving subscribers an exclusive new outfit in the PlayStation®Plus Celebration Pack 2. Surviving Mars also has a new add-on this week, the  Mysteries Resupply Pack, which actually looks to make the game harder by adding more unexpected events.

Smartphone Labs has released a free avatar icon celebrating themselves and NBC Sports now has an official PlayStation 4 app, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Grab ‘n go… back to watching E3 trailers!

It Came From The Collection 10: E3 2000 Trinkets, Stickers & More


EPISODE 10: E3 2000 Trinkets, Stickers & More
Let’s take a look at a whole bunch of E3 trinkets, stickers, pins, and doo-dads from 2000. Here’s the exciting rundown of tchotchkes in this video:

Lanyards (Midway Games, Konami, GameSpy, Atlus)
Persona 2 shot glass
Farscape button
Rockstar Games button and stickers
eJay enamel pin
Neo Geo Pocket Color foam logo
Dark Reign 2 button
Mission Incredible Special Agent Wave Systems Corp. button
Temporary Tattoos! (Jet Set Radio, American McGee’s Alice)
Draconus: Cult of the Wyrm MP3 soundtrack
E3 Media CD-ROMs
BLEEM! sticker
TechnoMage sticker
Shenmue notepad and mini-soundtrack

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.