E3 Day 1: Ok, I guess...I mean, whatever

Last year I was glued to my Twitter feed for E3 and freaking out with a few of the other game nerds in the office everytime something big happened (Metal Gear on Xbox?! Final Fantasy 13 on Xbox!?). Reading the coverage around the net about the Microsoft keynote seems like there wasn't much to get excited about. I guess the big thing so far is Natal is actually Kinect and that it looks good, which surprises me since I was actually hoping it would bomb big time. I will be interested to see some videos of it in action. So far I downloaded the Kinectimals trailer with the ethnic kids playing with a CG Tiger and their mom.....it was OK, it'll probably be something my 2 and 5 year old can actually play without me having to do the whole thing for them....so that's good. I wonder if that's the key here that I'm missing on this whole "you ARE the controller" attitude with Xbox's answer to the Wii, it's maybe not for ME but for kids? Whatever the intention my kids have watched that stupid Tiger jump and fall on it's face about 5 times since I downloaded it an hour ago so it seems we will be getting Kinect even if I am not excited for it.
 
EA had their big thing and sounds like Dead Space 2 will be hot, but I didn't doubt that. I've never been a Need for Speed guy so that reimagining of Hot Pursuit doesn't faze me at all. Knights of the Old Republic doesn't interest me other than seeing an awesome trailer. Gears 2 and Halo....wow, so thay're going to be bad ass? Who knew? Oh yea, everyone already knew that! Fable 3 looks cool but I didn't play the first or second one so I think I'm maybe too late to the party unless game releases die down hard this Summer and I get around to Fable 2. 
 
New Xbox looks cool, I wish my last one didn't red ring a month ago and make me replace it with a $200 Arcade cause I would have liked to pick one of those bad boys up this week. It's black, it's got wi-fi, it's got the big hard drive....I mean, it's awesome! I dig the gentle X shape to the system too (looks a little X shaped in pictures anyway). I believe I read it's vertical only? Too tall for the space I have but that's OK cause I won't have one for a while anyway.
 
That Call of Duty 3 year exclusive deal.....oh man. That's gotta pretty much set the stage for bad times for Sony again. I mean, it won't kill them of course but it just sucks to keep losing these exclusivity deals. I wonder if they had a better online pressence on the PS3, something Live like, if they would avoid these things happening to them over and over.
 
Anyway, that's my thoughts so far but I just saw that Ubisoft is today too so maybe I'll check back in later with more thoughts or just roll it up into tomorrow's post. 
 
What do you guys think? Am I just not the target demographic for Microsoft this year? Why don't I feel excited? Am I just lame?

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Posted by NinjaTard

Last year I was glued to my Twitter feed for E3 and freaking out with a few of the other game nerds in the office everytime something big happened (Metal Gear on Xbox?! Final Fantasy 13 on Xbox!?). Reading the coverage around the net about the Microsoft keynote seems like there wasn't much to get excited about. I guess the big thing so far is Natal is actually Kinect and that it looks good, which surprises me since I was actually hoping it would bomb big time. I will be interested to see some videos of it in action. So far I downloaded the Kinectimals trailer with the ethnic kids playing with a CG Tiger and their mom.....it was OK, it'll probably be something my 2 and 5 year old can actually play without me having to do the whole thing for them....so that's good. I wonder if that's the key here that I'm missing on this whole "you ARE the controller" attitude with Xbox's answer to the Wii, it's maybe not for ME but for kids? Whatever the intention my kids have watched that stupid Tiger jump and fall on it's face about 5 times since I downloaded it an hour ago so it seems we will be getting Kinect even if I am not excited for it.
 
EA had their big thing and sounds like Dead Space 2 will be hot, but I didn't doubt that. I've never been a Need for Speed guy so that reimagining of Hot Pursuit doesn't faze me at all. Knights of the Old Republic doesn't interest me other than seeing an awesome trailer. Gears 2 and Halo....wow, so thay're going to be bad ass? Who knew? Oh yea, everyone already knew that! Fable 3 looks cool but I didn't play the first or second one so I think I'm maybe too late to the party unless game releases die down hard this Summer and I get around to Fable 2. 
 
New Xbox looks cool, I wish my last one didn't red ring a month ago and make me replace it with a $200 Arcade cause I would have liked to pick one of those bad boys up this week. It's black, it's got wi-fi, it's got the big hard drive....I mean, it's awesome! I dig the gentle X shape to the system too (looks a little X shaped in pictures anyway). I believe I read it's vertical only? Too tall for the space I have but that's OK cause I won't have one for a while anyway.
 
That Call of Duty 3 year exclusive deal.....oh man. That's gotta pretty much set the stage for bad times for Sony again. I mean, it won't kill them of course but it just sucks to keep losing these exclusivity deals. I wonder if they had a better online pressence on the PS3, something Live like, if they would avoid these things happening to them over and over.
 
Anyway, that's my thoughts so far but I just saw that Ubisoft is today too so maybe I'll check back in later with more thoughts or just roll it up into tomorrow's post. 
 
What do you guys think? Am I just not the target demographic for Microsoft this year? Why don't I feel excited? Am I just lame?

Edited by GaspoweR

The Call of Duty deal are just timed exclusives so Xbox Live members would just get them first before anyone else. The one thing I probably got going for Sony is having the HD redux to Dead Space Extraction along with Dead Space 2...makes me wish I had a PS3 now. Anyway, back to your topic, I thought the MS press briefing was pretty lackluster and Kinect didn't really get me excited. I'm pretty contented with the normal controller and if I wanted to be fit I just need to start jogging again and doing exercises at home without having to spend so much on a hardware add-on.