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Newest Video Games Come to Life at E3 Interactive Show

Aired May 12, 2000 - 1:56 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: So you didn't win the lottery. Maybe you can still scrape up enough cash to buy the latest computer games. Woo!

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Second mortgage ought to do it.

CNN's technology correspondent Rick Lockridge just made the rounds at enormous E3 Interactive show out in L.A. He joins us now to show us what's hot.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

RICK LOCKRIDGE, CNN TECHNOLOGY CORRESPONDENT: OK, it is eight minutes to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, and we are taping this because we are not allowed to lay cables here for a live broadcast. And the reason is, the fire Marshall says, we are a hazard. Can you imagine, all of this, in this building, and they consider our little TV crew a hazard? I am not making it up.

The great thing about E3 is that all the new video games are here and you can play all you want for free. But the downside is, you come up to one of the games, and you have never seen it before, and so you try to play it, but you don't know what you are doing, and you are terrible, and of course you lose right away.

And that is why they don't let anybody under age 18 in the building because they know those kids would walk right up here and they would instinctively know how to play and win, and they would humiliate you in front of everybody.

(voice-over): Another fun thing about E3 is getting to see your favorite video game characters brought to life. They hire models and actors to play the various characters, and since we are here in Los Angeles, there is no shortage of models and actor. It seems like a pretty good gig until you get to the part where you have to get the pink stuff out of your hair. OK, I know it's a wig.

You can meet the "Planet of the Apes" apes. They told me they were looking for intelligent humans.

UNIDENTIFIED "APE": One of the phrases, you know, those things that doesn't belong together, "intelligent human." Intelligent ape, now there is something you can find actually.

LOCKRIDGE: Well, maybe the video game show isn't where you should be looking.

You can get your picture taken with actors playing video game characters based on animated characters. That is like three layers of unreality. It's dizzying.

This is Microsoft's new star Raven. She was pretty fierce looking with the leather and the bolt cutters and all, as she road into town a couple of days ago atop the big X that Microsoft hauled here to get people starting to thinking about its forthcoming game console.

But she is actually a pretty friendly gal, as these guys found out. You can tell they are terrified that is going to beat them up, though, for getting caught milling around in the Nintendo kiosk. That is the competition now, and you know how competitive Microsoft is.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

LOCKRIDGE: OK, we are live now, we found a spot in the back of the hall, but we are laying low. We don't want to run a foul of the fire marshal. Although the crew says that Raven can come and discipline them if she wants to.

Lou and Natalie, back to you.

ALLEN: Good one, Rick.

WATERS: Rick Lockridge hanging out in the back of the hall.

ALLEN: Having some fun. Don't cause any more trouble there, Rick, will you?

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