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18 June 2010
E3 2010: The interesting bits
This week the videogame industry met in Los Angeles to hold E3 2010. I am already way behind in playing several videogames I've collected since late 2009, but I couldn't help getting excited about several things I saw this week.


Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable will finally get a version of Pac-man Championship Edition, similar to the game available on the Xbox 360 for years. Also, it appears that the PS3 version of Portal 2 might have been intentionally left out of that game's official announcement earlier this year, just so it could make a big splash on Sony's E3 stage. Sony is also giving Sly Cooper the HD-retread treatment. The source material is not as rich as the God of War 1 & 2 Collection, but the very existence of this collection keeps my hopes alive that we'll eventually get an Ico/Colossus Collection, preferably right before The Last Guardian arrives.

That's the excellent stuff I can think of off the top of my head. The perfunctory updates to existing games include inFamous 2 (PS3) , Killzone 3 (PS3), and God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP). These kinds of things are expected.

I was disappointed that Sony didn't at least show off their PSP-upgrade plans. I love the platform and regularly buy full games and minis through the PlayStation Store onto my PSP Go (which can only play downloaded games), but the platform is really aging quickly. God of War and Pac-man CE might keep me somewhat happy, but it won't suffice for another year...

As for PlayStation Move, Sony's motion control scheme ... I'm interested. I've already got the camera, so I'll get a primary and secondary controller to test the waters. However, Sony's going to have to make some pretty compelling software to move the wider public into their camp. Also, the $100 bundle price (camera, primary controller, game) is kind of steep for the mass market.

Xbox 360

Microsoft is going all-out with Kinect, their camera-driven motion control system. This looks like a great idea for some games, like Dance Central from Harmonix. I'm less than confident that this will work for driving or shooting games. There have also been some technical questions that have to be answered: will it work while sitting and is it easily distracted? The key advantage I see for Microsoft is that the price (rumored to be $150) will cover more than one person (provided that the technical issues above don't interfere).

The exclusive deal Microsoft has for Call of Duty DLC frustrates me. Contractual third-party exclusivity frustrates me more each day, and I don't even care about CoD DLC. Let's just get the games on all the viable platforms and call it a day. First-party exclusives are, of course, perfectly fine.

Wii, NDS, 3DS

Nintendo put out a very impressive show of software and hardware. They've got a new Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and Kirby in the pipeline for the Wii ... they'll be making money hand over fist from those games. Go watch the Kirby trailer and be amazed at how impressive 2D games can be in an age where most console players appear to worship high-definition 3D shooters. The message was clear: we've got software taken care of, for at least another one or two years.

I'm still waiting on the pricing for the new 3DS handheld, but it sounds very cool. I'm particularly interested in the Metal Gear Solid 3 game. That was the best game in the series, at least in my book, and if the 3DS provides a compelling platform on which to play a suitably modified and improved/expanded version of the game, then I'm going to be on board. However, I'm not nearly convinced that this system can come to retail under $200, and that will put a damper on sales. Yes, glasses-free 3D is a sweet feature, but it may not be sweet enough for parents whose kids already have a Wii and/or Nintendo DS...

Oh, hey, here's the site logo. I'll fix the broken one in the header now...
--Matt Matthews at 22:45
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