Posts Tagged ‘E3’

E3: Where Console Rumors Go To Die

April 17, 2012

It’s that time again, gamers. With E3 just around the corner, it’s no surprise there are so many rumors floating around within the community. With talk of new additions to our favorite franchises, to totally new [exclusive] titles – E3 is definitely the queen bee when it comes to game gossip, and putting the rumors to rest. Every year we see new titles and other additions to our current generation, but it’s been nearly seven years since we’ve had a “console war”. This year marks the first in seven that we’ve started to really hear some next-gen console rumors, and it’s only a little suspicious that it all starts a few months before E3 is set to open its doors.

My favorite part of console rumors, is fan created images of their ideas!

Many people feel it’s “too soon” for next-gen, saying that our current gen is more than capable of going strong for many more years what with DLC and downloadable games from new studios giving our current-gen more staying power. Others argue it’s been seven years and that’s the longest we’ve gone between a console war, and that we are due for “next” next-gen, so to speak. My personal opinion? I don’t necessarily think we need next-gen within the purported year they are speculating, but I think now is a good time to start “thinking” about new consoles. The Xbox 360 was released in 2005, with the Wii and Playstation3 released a year later in November, and for some this feels like eons ago while for others it feels like only yesterday. I do feel that with the addition of DLC and online capabilities, that it makes sense to put more time between new consoles. Ultimately, companies want to make money. Even with the inevitability of new consoles, how many people would be able to realistically afford it? If they plan to push the technology of new consoles to the limit with expansive hard-drives and pricey memory, how many people would even be able to afford the launch price? One of the rumors going around is the consideration of doing away with disc drives, and proceeding with games just being downloadable. If that is the case, the price inflation of adding a larger hard drive alone would be caustic, not to mention not being able to play any of your previous consoles games that you’ve already paid for. Also, what if the competing console keeps their disc-drive as incentive to buy their console instead? Would that sway you? While Steam is successful in their download only set up, I feel that success is based largely on the fact they cater to a PC audience. While more downloadable options is never a bad idea, going solely downloadable could prove to be detrimental. Why not just get a high-performance PC, then? In defense to our current generation of consoles, I feel more people would rather play a game that gives an overall fantastic and provoking experience over a game that just delivers gimmicks and impressive graphics. So why the rush to next-gen? I feel we have so much opportunity with our current systems. That isn’t to say that I don’t get excited at the thought of new systems, the very idea of new games or technology within this industry makes my heart flutter. As a matter of fact, I was at E3 in 2005 when our current gen was at its peak right before release!

As E3 approaches, the collective imaginations and hopes of gamers are running rampant with just what possibilities lie in wait just around the corner. For a lot of gamers, E3 absolutely feels like the pinnacle event of their year, with overwhelming announcements and insights to the gaming industry, a plethora of informative press conferences and the honor to go hands-on with unreleased games and technology. This E3 will no doubt give us some solid perspective on what to expect in our gaming future.

Be Still My Heart: E3 Nintendo Press Conference!

June 9, 2011

I feel like Edgar Allan Poe writing about his beautiful Annabel Lee when it comes down to writing about Nintendo. It basically overwhelms me. We’ve had a romance for about 20 years now – and thankfully, Nintendo didn’t end up contracting Tuberculosis and dying on me. Nintendo never disappoints me. Ever. Year after year, I wait in anticipation for the Nintendo Press Conference held during E3. I used to work the Expo as a “booth babe” and promoter – I haven’t been able to make it the last couple years, and it breaks my heart. I watch the coverage from behind my computer while tears well up in my eyes. Not really. But maybe. E3 is basically like – Disneyland for nerds. If you haven’t been, it is just indescribable.

This year Nintendo truly delivered. Their press conference ( per usual ) was entertaining, informative and playful. It’s The Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary, and Nintendo celebrated by opening their conference with a full Orchestra playing iconic songs from the game, while a large protector took us on a trip down memory lane as we revisited all of the games. Really, really beautiful stuff.  Then, Shigeru Miyamoto came on stage to speak. His excitement and love for Zelda is so pure and genuine, that seeing him so excited to speak about The Legend of Zelda just melted my heart. He would jump, bow, and throw his fist in the air – smiling the whole time. I got goosebumps when he talked more about the new Zelda game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Other than Zelda, a lot of amazing things were previewed during the conference. I am personally excited for the new Starfox and Kid Icarus. They also announced a free download of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords! This game is a great, and the fact Nintendo is giving it to us as a free download is proof about how much they really do love us. It feels like a long, warm hug. Thanks Nintendo! They are also giving us another free download – a new revamp of the retro classic – Excitebike! I can’t imagine how fun that’s going to be on the 3DS! They talked a little bit about a re-work on the Super Nintendo title, Luigi’s Mansion. I hated this game as a kid! I remember finding it so difficult as a child and throwing the cartridge at my little brother at one point. I’m going to try to avoid that this time around. No promises.

They ended the conference with the unveiling of the “Wii-U” which is not a new console – but an addition to the Wii itself. It’s technically a controller, but can act as a peripheral, a drawing tablet, ( !!! ), and a hand-held gaming system among other things. It’s honestly to me, pretty interesting and innovative. I’m most excited about the drawing tablet feature – I can see that being used in a lot of really interesting ways. Please, though – do yourself a favor and watch the conference if you have not seen it yet. It’s very exciting and entertaining, take my freakin’ word for it!