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E3 retrospective - who won?

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EK-MDi 14th May 2006, 13:59 Quote
I think this is the best year of E3, ever. Three new big innovations from all three major platform providers, except the Wii did ruin the 'taste' of it a bit. Personally, I feel Microsoft were the winners of this year's show, and I made that judgement as soon as they announced Live Anywhere, and Grand Theft Auto episodic content exclusivity.
DaSuperFly 14th May 2006, 14:27 Quote
I think Nintendo was the winner of the show really, pushing forward in a completely different direction to its competitors and showing that people are more interested in games than consoles!
Xen0phobiak 14th May 2006, 14:53 Quote
No mention of ccp's bar on their stand? :|

I'm shocked :p
[1N0V471V] 14th May 2006, 17:00 Quote
No offense Wil Harris, but there were a lot of grammar mistakes in that blurb.

"That does not a good showing make."

Among others....
specofdust 14th May 2006, 17:11 Quote
Who won?

Wii did!
TheDarkCloud 14th May 2006, 17:33 Quote
The company that grabbed my attention the most, Nintendo without a doubt.
I wasn't going to bother getting a console this time round, now I HAVE to get a Wii.

My big dissapointment of this E3, no big news about Spore or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. :(
hacker 8991 14th May 2006, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by [1N0V471V]
No offense Wil Harris, but there were a lot of grammar mistakes in that blurb.

"That does not a good showing make."

Among others....

That's not a grammar mistake, it's just an interesting way of arranging a sentence. It still has all the parts it needs to be a sentence.

That does not a good showing make = That does not make a good showing

Just think of Wil as Yoda.

- tf
WilHarris 14th May 2006, 17:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheDarkCloud
The company that grabbed my attention the most, Nintendo without a doubt.
I wasn't going to bother getting a console this time round, now I HAVE to get a Wii.

My big dissapointment of this E3, no big news about Spore or S.T.A.L.K.E.R. :(


Spore coverage is coming. Saving the best til last.
eek 14th May 2006, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by hacker 8991
That does not a good showing make = That does not make a good showing

Just think of Wil as Yoda.
lol

IMO Wii definately won E3, it was no contest!

Bring on the Spore news!! :D
Fly 14th May 2006, 18:16 Quote
I think there was only one victor at E3:

http://www.bit-tech.net/content_images/e3_pictures_2006/wil2.jpg

Wil (AKA Gordon Freeman).

:( :'(
Raymus 14th May 2006, 18:32 Quote
Loving the new Dell XPS looks.
SparkuS 14th May 2006, 20:18 Quote
Will Wil sex Wii?

That is the question.
bloodcar 14th May 2006, 21:52 Quote
There is no doubt the the lines for Nintendo were the longest of the show, but it's rumored that those lines might be the longest of any E3 lines to date.
inflatable 14th May 2006, 22:51 Quote
Nintendo did good yes, and the lines were also long.. But to be honest I think it was all just hype over the controller, not really much about games etc.. I still doubt if this motion thing will be good for every kind of game, it's probably just good for some types of games, but not all..

MS had the strongest showing by far when it comes to games.. Both next-gen games and arcade games.. So when people say it's all about the games, MS won..

Sony kindof failed both with hardware and games.. Very little in-game footage of upcoming games, and removing rumble for a limited motion-sensing is not smart imho.. Just like with Nintendo I think it's only good for some types of games, where other games (like FPS and racing etc) will suffer from the lack of rumble..
specofdust 14th May 2006, 22:54 Quote
Nintendo have an alternate pad for games that won't work well with the super duper upside down back to front one. It's a basic four button and D-pad affair, I think with a couple of analogue sticks on it, but I may be mistaken.
bloodcar 14th May 2006, 23:07 Quote
It's looks just like a SNES controller, specofdust, only it has dual analogue sticks as well as an additional two shoulder buttons. Let's not forget that for game that won't make use of the motion sensor and pointer of the Wiimote, there's GameCube ports on the side of the console.
teamtd11 15th May 2006, 01:24 Quote
:'( counting down the days till i can own 1
chemo 15th May 2006, 01:29 Quote
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What the show proved is that it appears Nintendo's strategy of gameplay first, everything else second has worked. It's not concerned with high-def, it doesn't care about media functionality - the Wii is just about playing games.

i think that is how nintendo has won over the masses, its certainly a ver large reason why im interested in it, if i want media stuff ill go to my PC, if i want to be able to play games with mates and family and really get back to the roots of group entertainment ill buy this console by the looks/sounds of it
(great article btw!)
Faulk_Wulf 15th May 2006, 01:38 Quote
Why was no mention of FFXIII made? That alone will ship a few systems. I'm still in the belief we'll see a FFVII remake as well, given the pushing off all the FF7 related content.

An anime (Final Fantasy: Crisis Core) Then Final Fantasy: Before Crisis was out on cellphones, and recently wrapped up with Square-Enix promising the "next-big-thing" in May. (There's an anime title for this too.) There's also Vincent's story in the Dirge Of Cerberus, and one can not forget the brand new CG title: Advent Children. And do not forget that there's the FF7 "Technical Demo" that was designed a while back. A company such as Square-Enix would not bring a game that is almost on its 10th aniversary back into the spot light if it didn't have something special planned for it. (Yes, this is all speculation.)

Back to the actual presented content however:
The Wii (with a horrible name to boot) looks like Nintendo's last two systems. Nothing but a kid's system with a few notable titles in it. Sure there's nostalgia qualities in Mario, Zelda, etc. They will undoubtedly help sell many of the initial systems. But once that wears off, I don't see Nintendo being able to bring anything new to the plate. GoldenEye/Perfect Dark and Smash Brothers were the last original titles by Nintendo that I fell in love with.

Xbox has been PlayStations rival since they both came out. I know that in the end, this will primarly come down to personal preference, but I do see Sony having a huge leg up on the Xbox. The 360 has very few original titles to it, even today. I look around in Wal-Mart and most titles can be found on PS2 as well as the 360. I'm sure in the next year or so, the Xbox 360 will have it's set of original titles that will be amazing, but for now, I don't see what the hype is about. (Halo 3 aside. Like the Nintendo remakes, and the Final Fantasy series, Halo is Xbox's money cow. That alone will keep Xbox alive for a long time to come.) However I must mention that if Sony is offering its online services for free, that has to hurt Xbox.

At anyrate, I just wouldn't count Sony out yet.
BobCobb 15th May 2006, 17:58 Quote
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The Wii (with a horrible name to boot) looks like Nintendo's last two systems. Nothing but a kid's system with a few notable titles in it. Sure there's nostalgia qualities in Mario, Zelda, etc. They will undoubtedly help sell many of the initial systems. But once that wears off, I don't see Nintendo being able to bring anything new to the plate. GoldenEye/Perfect Dark and Smash Brothers were the last original titles by Nintendo that I fell in love with.


Nintendo has been around for over 100 years and defined console gaming. Clearly you fail to understand their appeal for this device. A gaming console for eveyone, not kids. Heres something new they are bringing, innovation in the way we play games with the new controller. The 360 has yet to have any games with innovative gameplay. Sure, the graphics are purty, but its the same old crap we were playing years ago.

I have a top of the line PC. Why on earth would I want to buy a console so I can have "next-gen" graphics. I already paid out of my ass for my PC, if I wanted a console I would want a Wii. I think these things will sell like hotcakes, and reinvigorate Nintendo. Certainly will not be Nintendos last console, so don't let any fanboyism blind you.

If I was to buy a second console, I would get a PS3. Might be a bit expensive, but Metal Gear 4 will be good, Hideo has not failed me yet. Regardless of Sony's ****** presentation at E3. Its all about the gameplay anyways.
Faulk_Wulf 15th May 2006, 20:43 Quote
I guess I was harsh on Nintendo. They have been around before and after Sega, survived the birth and evolution of the Playstation, as well as the Xbox, and still have a huge following.

When you say I don't understand the appeal of the device, you're 100% right. And that's my fault not the devices. I'd be happy to see Nintendo succeed again as long as it didn't bury the PS3.
Uno1_ 16th May 2006, 10:25 Quote
The reason I'm excited about Wii is because it's a new way of interacting with games. It allows new gameplay experiences.

I play games, I don't watch them. I havn't seen a game on 360 that couldn't be done on Xbox. Besides, half a year from now PC's will crap all over the 360's biggest and prettiest, and a year from now they'll crap all over the PS3's brightest and shinyest. But they still won't play like Wii will.
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I still doubt if this motion thing will be good for every kind of game, it's probably just good for some types of games, but not all..

This could be rephrased as "There are kinds of games that are only good on this type of control system."

And of course there's the SNES shaped controller, and it's got four Gamecube controller ports as well.

And it's more than half as cheap as the top PS3 bundle, and right on half the price of the cheap PS3.

On a non-related note, if you create a Wifi lan with them, does that become a Wii Puddle? :D
evanbraakensiek 16th May 2006, 15:11 Quote
Well my interest was ET:Quake Wars. GG on ruining all that it ET TBH, I will still buy and play it for the only reason that it is a new game and money will be put into it. RTCW2 please come soon!
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