Has all the hype and chaos of E3 left you feeling nostalgic for the old days of 8 and 16 bit gaming? Do you have a sudden urge to play The Legend of Zelda or Golden Axe instead of waving a Wii controller, holding a vibrating Xbox 360 pad and dreaming of the new PSP Go?
A senior developer at Nintendo has displayed total unconcern at Sony and Microsoft's attempts to catch up with its Wii controller system.
When computer animators discovered how to render hair, suddenly movies were full of cuddly creatures instead of plastic toys and reptiles.
The E3 playing field was undoubtedly dominated by veteran industry heavyweights such as Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. However, a consortium of independent developers known as "IndieCade" showcased a number of titles that could help define the future of alternative gaming.
Iron Will is currently showcasing a new PC peripheral at the E3
Expo. The Peregrine gaming glove, which is powered by advanced
TouchPoint technology, offers a "direct link" to real-time strategy
(RTS) and massively multiplayer online (MMO) titles.
A supposedly neutral third-party analyst has predicted that Microsoft will experience a "strengthened" market position for its Xbox 360 game console. Strategy Analytics games analyst Martin Olausson explained that Microsoft had clearly "pulled ahead" of Sony and Nintendo "when it comes to offering next generation online entertainment experiences."
Sony has confirmed that Agent will be available exclusively for the Playstation 3. Agent, devloped by Rockstar of GTA fame, is an espionage game that takes place during the 1970s when bell-bottom jeans and dangling cigarettes were all the rage.
Digital Extreme Technologies (DXT) is currently showcasing its advanced console gear at the E3 expo. We spoke with DXT reps about several notable products, including the Reality Pro Game System, Sensor Handgrip and Black Widow Keyboard.
THQ has unveiled a number of new games in honor of E3, including MX vs. ATV, Homefront, Space Marine and Darksiders. The company also released its long-awaited Red Faction: Guerrilla.
With a suggested retail price of $249 and an October 1 debut date, the
PSP Go is a smaller, more mobile version of the PSP, geared toward
those who – no surprise here – “lead a digital lifestyle”.
In keeping up with Nintendo and Microsoft who launched motion sensing controllers, Sony debuted an impressive device, the PlayStation Motion Controller which works in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye during its press conference. The device is set to hit the shelves in spring 2010.
Hopes were indeed high for Nintendo's keynote speech at E3. However, Nintendo fans and industry watchers waiting with bated breath for earth shattering news were instead forced to make do with a slew of recycled games and hardware.
Nintendo brought a lot of software news to E3. In an attempt to
continue to grow the gaming population and cater to everyone, the
company believes that all new titles would find their audience.
Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America took the stage during
the E3 Nintendo Keynote to talk about the Wii MotionPlus, an attachment
which delivers precise and distinct motion control.
Britain's biggest ISP is restricting download speeds on its cheapest packages without warning users.
Microsoft kicked off E3 with its world premier of Beatles Rock Band. The company also confirmed the existence of sensor-based technology - codenamed Project Natal - that will be capable of influencing or controlling an on-screen character based on a player's facial expressions and movements.
The BBC and YouTube are believed to be in talks over launching the BBC's iPlayer catch-up TV service internationally.
GamersConsoleNetwork has managed to snag the first official images of the PSP Go from Qore. Qore, a subscription-based interactive online magazine for the North American PlayStation Network, apparently published its June 2009 edition slightly ahead of schedule.
British broadcaster Sky has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring live television to the Xbox 360 for the first time.
Apple has apparently expressed interest in entering the game console market. "There's also a new entrant in the business, Apple, with the iPhone. And we don't think they will stop there," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in a conference call reported by Kotaku. According to Guillemot, the Apple TV set-top-box, along with other devices, could provide a new range of console platforms as the product becomes "more powerful."