OUYA’s booth outside E3 almost jeopardized by huge truck parking in front of it

ouya twitter parking lot booth

When we originally heard the folks at OUYA would be having their booth outside, in a parking lot, across the street from where E3 was taking place, a bunch of different scenarios began running through our heads. The most embarrassing was an image of the folks behind OUYA using a stand that looked worse than the one you started out with on Lemonade Tycoon.

That obviously wasn’t the case, of course, but a more likely scenario actually played out today that almost jeopardized the fate of OUYA’s little parking lot experiment. The ESA — the same organization who runs the yearly games show — ended up parking their production trailers right in front of OUYA’s booth, completely obstructing folks’ view from the sidewalk and across the street.

This would have been pretty lame for OUYA who could pretty much throw any booth traffic out of the window had the truck stayed, but someone eventually called the cops and had the truck escorted to a different area.

ouya park booth

We’re still not sure of OUYA’s true incentive for wanting to have their booth in a parking lot. Either they were being really ballsy and wanted to make sure they were seen or just couldn’t get a good enough booth inside. Either way,we imagine they’ll want to move the crew inside for next year’s show and prevent a disaster like this from ever happening again. We’ll look to get coverage from said parking lot for you folks in the days to come.

[Update]: And there’s a picture of said parking lot booth right up above.

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  • NexusKoolaid

    Booth space on a convention room floor is insanely expensive. I imagine the parking lot is a much more economical solution.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      Yea, but they’ll never admit it.

      • Butthurt iSheep are BUTTHURT!

        Haha good ol’ Bob

  • AndroidProfit

    Is this thing still a Tegra 3?

    • uniquename72

      If only there was some search mechanism for finding things like this out …

      • Christopher Woodruff

        Hey maybe Google will make something like that in the future!

    • supremekizzle

      Unfortunately… Also, thanks el goog for breaking Bluetooth and therefore Wii remote support in android 4.2.

      • JRomeo

        how did google break bluetooth exactly?

        • ergu

          in android 4.2, bluetooth was (or still is?) broken.

          • ClayRogers

            Works fine for me, Bluetooth that is. Only a major knucklehead would hook a wii remote up to his phone so I can’t comment on that.

          • ergu

            wow, you seem to have an urge to insult people for doing things you don’t know anything about. you must have emotional problems. First of all, because the comment you were responding to is about OUYA, an android device that is not a phone, your comment about only knuckleheads connecting their phones to a wiimote is irrelevant. it can be inferred that supremekizzle is talking about connecting a wiimote (a gaming console peripheral) to the OUYA (a gaming console), which might prove to provide a better experience for side-loaded android games which might have been optimized for use with a wiimote.

          • ergu

            oh, and second, i just googled ‘wiimote android’ and found several articles by people, who are clearly less knuckleheaded than you, describing how to connect a wiimote to an android device (usually a phone), and what the merits are of doing so.

    • ergu

      yes

  • Jordan Caviness

    ROFL! A parking lot booth! (Imagining a farmer’s market with ouya in between the strawberries and avocados)

    • DavidVarghese

      Hey man, I’d do the same thing if I was OUYA… Their product perception hasn’t been the greatest and their product isn’t the best (lag fest)… They are trying to get the word out of who they are, so a parking lot at E3 is probably all they can afford for now…

      • MSFTmanJosh

        Sales and lag?????!! It hasn’t even come out to the public yet. nice trolling.

        • DavidVarghese

          Kickstarter… You’re not a smart man are you?

          • TadeoNYC

            Kickstarter? where they raised almost 10 times what they set out to? It has its problems, but sales is not one.

          • DavidVarghese

            http://www.crystallinegreen.com/?p=408

            “60000 confirmed sales”
            When you think about it, that’s not much for a growing business. I really do hope for the best for Ouya… But they got serious competition, and they need to get the word out about who they are and why we need their product, because I’m definitely not convinced on the Ouya…

          • TadeoNYC

            Those are the Kickstarter backer numbers! Retail launch is in 13 days.

          • DavidVarghese

            Woops… You’re right…

          • http://www.colossaldamage.com/ SuperMarino

            That’s almost 60000 more than anything I’ve ever made :(

          • ergu

            okay, seems like you don’t understand how kickstarter works…. for something like ouya, unexpectedly high backing is actually a bad thing because it puts tremendous strain on releasing on time. also, you seem confused about how funding for ouya (and every other console) works. they don’t make most of their money on sales, they make it on game sales. ouya gets a cut of the profits on sales and in-game transactions. they also get it from investors. they got loads of money from nvidia and other VCs a few months back. was it enough to go to e3, i have no idea. but their kickstarter numbers have no direct impact on the money they have in the bank for attending trade shows.

          • MSFTmanJosh

            That’s not the “public”. I am a backer but the 25th is when it will release to the masses. Also, it made over 8 mill on kickstarter.

  • Butthurt iSheep are BUTTHURT!

    Might be a good alternative to the Xbox One.

    • bob

      More like the playstation one.

    • scoter man1

      I really hope that is sarcasm.

      • Christopher Woodruff

        Probably not. Xbox One sucks something fierce.

        • ClayRogers

          Ive owned every major console released and to this day the original Xbox is still one of my favorites. Had so much fun modding that thing!

          • ergu

            xbox one is the confusing name of the newest xbox that will be released later this year. he’s saying the new xbox, xbox one, sucks something fierce. he’s not talking about the original xbox.

    • roberto.elena

      If they support used games… forget it :-)

  • http://www.ouyareport.com/ Justin

    haha, I love that Ouya is not only stirring the pot in the gaming industry, but they are actually stirring the pot at E3, the personification of the gaming industry. I love this company. Ouya Report: OUYA news, reviews and more – http://www.ouyareport.com

    • Per-C Denton

      The only thing the Ouya is stirring is my bowels, because it’s a massive turd of a console.

      • Christopher Woodruff

        You ate one? Does it taste like Indian food?

      • uniquename72

        I ordered one, but I doubt I’ll play games on it. It’s the cheapest XBMC box you can get right now, and will make a nice replacement for the tablet I’m currently using to power my home theater.

    • Ben Spurr

      I doubt sites appreciate OUYA employees blatantly advertizing the OUYA in their comment sections.

      • ergu

        i doubt that that grammatically troubled blog (sorry justin) is the work of an ouya employee.

        • Ben Spurr

          You obviously don’t realize how unprofessional the OUYA team is.

          • ergu

            Okay, sure, I’m sure that they’re the devil incarnate, and full of unscrupulous, unprofessional baby killers. However, professionalism, or lack thereof aside, I just popped over to their site and gave it a quick once over for piss poor writing that you might find on a dopey fan’s blog, and found none. Unless they have some rogue, grammatically challenged employee, I doubt that their marketing people are responsible for the fan site you’re accusing of being anything but a shitty fan site.

  • Ben Spurr

    I thought they had it in a parking lot because they weren’t permitted to show at E3.

    • Jordan Caviness

      Even worse.

  • sdrawkcab25

    the truck blocking their booth in a parking lot while the real party is inside, is very good symbolism for their whole console idea…. except i’m not sure what is going to save them.

    • roberto.elena

      What about nothing?

  • JulianZHuang

    it just play android games….

    • http://www.colossaldamage.com/ SuperMarino

      It is also an emulator to steal just a bit from the Nintendo and Sega of old!

  • KOLIO

    Whether one approves of such marketing tactics is an individual choice, so, w/that said…….

    SEX SELLS!

    Shoulda had a few bikini-clad models hosting the OUYA Exhibit.

  • SuperShrug

    It was a mistake… I’m sure… ¬_¬

  • JW

    Whats the cross streets where this is located?