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4 Fake Consoles That People Took Way Too Seriously
Rumors are at an all-time high before every E3. Journalists are tapping their sources to find out whatever they can before companies make their official announcements. Fans are speculating about what each company will show off at the convention. Hoaxers, meanwhile, think of ways to trick both groups.
E3 2005 fueled more gossip than usual, thanks to a new generation of consoles. Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo each had a new gaming system to share. Gamers chatted for months about what these new consoles could bring.
Five days before Nintendo's press conference, a trailer for Nintendo's new console leaked. The sleek video showed off Nintendo On, a new gaming experience driven by a virtual reality headset. Players would no longer have to control Mario with a gamepad - they could step into his shoes. Nintendo was going to bring VR mainstream, a feat that they had attempted and failed a decade earlier with Virtual Boy.
The Nintendo On video, believe it or not, was the work of one person. Pablo Belmonte, a 23 year old artist in Spain, created the teaser video over five days. Belmonte didn't intend to mislead fans or journalists. Instead, he was hoping the video would draw Nintendo's attention and help him secure a job at the company.
Nintendo's new console, meanwhile, turned out to be the Wii. While this console didn't come with a headset, it did have controllers that sensed 3D motion. The Wii Remote allowed players to control their characters with physical gestures instead of just button pushing. The console was a step toward virtual reality, even if it wasn't the step that Belmonte imagined.
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