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It’s that time of the year. When the days get warmer, the sun shines brighter, the birds sing louder, people are more joyous, and the breeze carries an air of liberation and laissez-faire. That’s right, you guessed it – it’s E3!!! :D I usually don’t pay much attention to it (especially considering last year’s EPIC FAIL), but there were some points that caught my eye:

  • MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV was announced. What the hell, Square. Can we at least see FFXIII first, some time this century?
  • Microsoft introduced Project Natal, a motion detecting add-on for Xbox 360, for a completely controller-free experience. As if we didn’t look retarded enough playing Wii.
  • Bayonetta looks like a super bad-ass game. Check out the E3 trailer. Yes, her hair is also her “clothing” and it can grow/retract at will and turn into various weapons. And yes, her heels double as pistols.
  • PSP Go announced, at an inexplicably inflated price (US$249), but the white one is damn sexy.

In other news, there’s an article in the Financial Times about the waning love affair between the Japanese and their LV swag. The part that surprised me was the analyst prediction:

Yano Research forecast that the market would shrink further this year, falling below Y1,000bn to nearly half the peak of Y1,897bn in 1996 and then shrinking to levels last seen 20 years ago before it entered its era of strong growth.

Personally I don’t think it would shrink that dramatically. I thought the whole luxury goods bubble would leave some debris lying around. Although the boom may be blowing over, but I just can’t believe that at some point in the future there would be zero remnants of it. I mean, not everyone can go back to “Zara dresses and Gap jeans”.