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Microsoft is probably the Nintendo of years past. The, hey we have this technology, and hey look we're really trying to work it! Look at all these people smiling! All of these families having fun! I wish I had a family.... *cough*
It was a Kinect centric media briefing, still showing off their mini-game collections that I guess are doing well for them... but it was also kind of neat to see it used for the more 'core' kind of games. That Tom Clancy game where you're taking the guns apart and swapping pieces with your movement, as well as voice commands in that and in Mass Effect 3. It was really neat to see! And you could ask yourself “Why do I need to do these things that I can already do with a controller?” Considering how those are just optional tweaks for people who want to make the most out of the Kinect device that they already have, then you have nothing to worry about. If you don't own Kinect, then it was your choice to not get it, but there are people who do have it and would like to make at least some use from it. So this briefing was more geared toward those people. If you happen to be on board for Kinect now from everything they've shown then congratulations?
But that's where I was sitting from... I'm the “not going to bother with Kinect” type, so I didn't get much of anything out of Microsoft, because Minority Report Gaming doesn't really interest me. It invokes the kind of active-ness that'd I'd rather get away from the TV screen. Don't get me wrong though, I commend them keeping up with it. They really want this to work out and it shows. It's a lot of fun little things for families to get behind. And I'm sure if I was a little older and I had some kids that want everything, I would buy into this just because I think it would be fun enough for them to enjoy, regardless of how I feel about it.
Another dashboard update is neat I guess, and the inclusion of streaming live TV from your xbox doesn't interest me because I have cable / barely watch TV anyway. So with all this said, I appriciate what they're doing, I just can't yet sink my teeth into it.
HD collections of Old games it cool, but it's just something they're going to do now anyway, so I can't be surprised about that stuff. But I will hold out for Final Fantasy XII international edition.
And Jack gets point for probably being my favourite Speaker. From the way he talks I believe he's not a bullshitter, and that a lot of his business seems very sincere. So for him to address the PSN right at the beginning, didn't really have to take balls or is supposed to be necessary , but just very honest. So Sony, had a nice conference, but not a lot of wow. Their push for 3D is expected because they want to sell their Tvs, the 500$ tv is cool, and feels like a smart thing to do though, and It'd be nice to see people on board for it. Too bad it's another thing I'm counting myself out on.
I also came out of it even more excited for the 3DS. I have not purchased it yet, because I don't have the money for it / I've just been waiting for the right thing to come along. (I will be buying RE: Revelations, Day ONE) Mario Kart is a probably going to buy, same with star fox and Kid Icarus (which is all stuff that was mentioned last year, but this is just a re-assurance that it's all still here.) my personal Excitement for Luigi's Mansion 2 has got me stoked for the the 3DS this year, and I can't wait to see what else is in store for it.
All in all, It's up to the 3 party developers to make something for Nintendo, because the big N seems to do so well on their own. People complain that nobody makes games for Nintendo's systems but it feels like nobody is really trying. So now that the WiiU is HD (with whatever bells and whistles are behind it) maybe we'll finally see some 3 part support and then everyone can finally be happy with every system.
Also a lot of personal excitement for Mass Effect 3, Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3. It's the year of threes for me and I couldn't be happier. What have you got out of it? What are you excited for / walking away from? Do we even care anymore?