Its easy to claim that E3s success this year was due to the heavy showing of next-gen console tech. Watch Dogs looks awesome and The Witcher 3 seems to be visually unparalleled, and yet it was the drama that ensued that made me want to follow the conference as much as the impressive games did.
Microsofts great proverbial belly-flops never stopped growing more simultaneously painful and amusing to watch. The laughable moments accumulated since their revealing of X Box One and just ended today with another statement makes it hard to believe that they actually want their system to succeed. They tried to act like a bull dog, but came off as brutish and uncaring to their fans, catapulting Sony and Nintendo into trumping position over the Big-N.
Theres no doubt that the graphical capabilities of Microsofts and Sonys new machines are impressive. Microsoft showed arguably more graphical gravitas than Sony had and seemed to have an upper hand over their relatively long-time gaming rival. That was until Sony talked about their price-point and first-party used game support wooing us Play Station fans and winning more gamers over.
It hasnt been long since Ive decided to go back to my Sony roots, it just feels like home. I never felt totally comfortable on the 360, with the controller or with the interface (especially the ads). The 360 offers some great franchises that Ive had a lot of fun with, but playing the Play Station 3 just adds that comforting sense of familiarity that came with years of owning and playing a PS2.
Thats not only just to say I had some biases going in, but I also harbor a hope that Microsoft does stay healthy. However, as a coworker said, They didnt just shoot themselves in the foot, they blew their whole [damn] leg off. Its sad that they seem to succeed by graphical integrity and console features alone. With higher pricing, 24 hour required internet check in and a broadband-soaking internet service, theres very little reason to go with the big Ms machine over Sonys machine.
Sony and Nintendo had fun mocking Microsofts conference and their responses. Microsoft just continued to be the pit-bull, showing little tact when discussing fan-related issues. It was obvious that somewhere they ran off the track.
The X Box One has some impressive games, many of them being exclusives. In a former life, I would have gladly supported their system over the others, but now that Im older and a bit wiser, I know better.
This years E3 was the best in years, because they focused so much more on games and tech rather than booth babes and swag, at least from what stay-at-homers saw. The next gen games seem to go back to the roots of why we love to play video games and how our experiences will improve. Its both a good and intimidating time to be a gamer. Lets see what happens in the years ahead.