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Odds and Ends

E3's coming up soon. I like E3, though I don't know how many surprises are coming up this time around, despite the oncoming consoles. We know lots about the XBox 360 already, Nintendo said they'll be sparse on Revolution details, and the PS3 is just the PS3 in my opinion. Similarily, I can't bring myself to be shocked as Metal Gear Solid 4 and Mario Party 7 are announced. On the flip side, E3 usually delivers something really cool, so I'm still excited :D

I love Microsoft's mention that Halo 3 will release at the same time as the PS3 in a "perfect" plan to disrupt PS3 sales. What are they thinking? That Halo 3 is up on a hill ready to snipe the PS3 as it comes by? Is one single person less likely to buy a PS3 because Halo 3 is released at the same time, as opposed to, say, a month earlier? I can see MS's profile of the average consumer now: "Ok, I'm off to buy the new PS3 as it launches *goes to store* holy @#$%, Halo 3 has arrived! Well, might as well change my $400 investment on a whim and buy the XBox 360 + Halo 3 bundle instead". Right.

No one is really following this, but Konami has filed a lawsuit against Roxor for making a better dancing game that's cutting into their sales. Ok, that's not the exact reason and "better" is an opinion, but this lawsuit has the power to change the whole landscape of US dancing games. Luckily, it is unlikely that this will interfere with the PS2 release of In The Groove. If you don't know what I'm talking about and don't play DDR, then nothing to see here, please move along.

Finally, let's talk about prices in the next generation: it's been rumoured that future consoles will cost a lot more than past generations, possibly $500 US (!). Are they really chargin this much for the base console? Similarily: $70 to $90 US for games? I sure hope this is some rampant speculation; I'm not buying any console/games with these prices, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. To me, two of the big three using such pricing schemes is a surefire way to get the other one at the top of the consoles wars.

See you next time!