The hazy period between Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett's untimely ends and the celebration of my our great nation's birthday was dominated by two game companies that couldn't be more different.
We all know (and possibly love) Ubisoft – the French game studio has been bringing us multiplatform hits for years. This month's preview event hosted by the developer was a Nintendo-centric affair, though they were nice enough to include Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood in the swag haul.
Pictured: Autographed pink Rayman Raving Rabbids Thong (?!) Rayman Raving Rabbids T-Shirt Red Steel 2 T-Shirt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles classic cartoon logo sweatband Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood for the Xbox 360 Ubisoft logo laptop case
About a week earlier than that – in fact, the very day Fawcett and Jackson passed away – I attended 1C's annual Another Night in Moscow event held at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. Now, 1C is more obscure than Ubisoft, but I'm told it's like the Microsoft of Russia. Judging from the lavish party and modest swag haul, I could see why somebody would say that.
Pictured: 1C logo Russian fuzzy hat Another Night In Moscow t-shirt 1C logo swag bag 1C logo pen
Not Pictured: 1C logo notebook that I totally lost at Santa Cruz
But whether you love them or have even heard of them, both companies delivered a huge haul of previews and early looks at games we can expect this year. Just in case you missed them, here they are:
Another Night In Moscow Get Some Russian In Your Independence Day XIII Century: Blood of Europe - All The Brutality, None Of The Plague Death To Spies 2: Moment of Truth Preview: SMERSH is a fun word to say Trucking It In Rig 'n' Roll Captain Blood Preview: Errol Flynn He Ain't - But He'll Do
UbiNintendo Academy of Champions Preview: It's Harry Potter But With Soccer And Sam Fisher C.O.P. The Recruit Preview: If Only Becoming A Police Officer Were So Easy Shaun White Snowboarding World Stage Preview: Snow In Summer TMNT Smash-Up Preview: Will The Real April O'Neil Please Stand Up? Rabbids Go Home Preview: Rabbids Go In Your Wiimote Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes Preview: The Might Of Mana… and Puzzles Red Steel 2 Preview: Whack-tastic Fun