"...it feels like my console is trying to impress someone - and that someone isn't me. " The dashboard looks alright, but you can tell they are trying to appeal to other people in your home who normally don't use the xbox 360. The bright colors and the tutorial on how to navigate the dashboard are dead giveaways to Microsoft's Wii-ification of the xbox strategy. It's really irritating to see Microsoft attempt to re-brand the xbox 360 to a "casual games console." Don't they know that most people already have a Wii?
I don't get all the Kinect hatred. I thought what Microsoft showed was pretty cool. I was sold when they demoed the video chat, voice and gesture commands. The games seemed pretty cool too (except for Kinectimals). Most people spewing hatred for the Kinect will probably be buying one in November. Overall, I give the Microsoft press conference a B.
I was surprised when Jack, Legion, and Thane died on the ship before the mission even started. I sent Jacob through the vents and he died while trying to shut the door. Even though 4 people died on my mission, I'm happy with the way things turned out.
It's only $50 a year. Most gamers spend more than that ($60) on games they discover later they don't even like. If PSN offered a better online experience than Microsoft for free, then I'd agree with you. But they don't. PSN is getting better, but when it starts to add the features that xbox live has it's going to start charging money too.
$50 a year is not a "crazy price." Gaming is an expensive hobby. So stop complaining and stop being so damn cheap.
$70 is too much. $60 is even too much. $50 seems just right. But I seriously hope that publishers don't try to increase the price of games with the next iteration of consoles. If they do, then they really have no business complaining about the sale of used games.
Hopefully we'll never see this scenario:
$70 a game or higher + all digital distribution = Nightmare