e3 2012

  • Whither The Console: Is This The Sunset Of The Dedicated Game Machine?

    Whither The Console: Is This The Sunset Of The Dedicated Game Machine?

    After sitting through three major press events at E3 this year and wandering the hall, I began seeing comments regarding the viability of consoles in a constantly-changing tech landscape. First there were the memes that essentially suggested that this year’s E3 was a gift to PC gaming and then John Carmack, the granddaddy of FPSes, (and bear in mind Carmack is working on a virtual… Read More

  • Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    Facepalm: The Wii U Games We’re Seeing This Week Are Stuck At 720p

    According to WiiUDaily (and we’re confirming), the games shown at E3 are native at 720p resolution, a considerable step down from the 1080p, 3D-pumping action coming out of the 360 and the PS3 in many cases. Although there is no absolute proof that the Wii U launch titles will all be 720p, the site noted that “the representative couldn’t confirm whether the games can be… Read More

  • Achievement Unlocked! Sidequest Pokes Fun At RPG Gaming Tropes

    Achievement Unlocked! Sidequest Pokes Fun At RPG Gaming Tropes

    In honor of today’s arguably lackluster Nintendo presser, I present Sidequest, a game that asks you to do all sorts of side quests. Over and over again. Ad infinitum. Read More

  • Live From Nintendo’s 2012 E3 Keynote

    Live From Nintendo’s 2012 E3 Keynote

    The geeks have gathered, the music is loud, and paired with the graphics on the big screens, this place is basically a stoner’s wet dream. The doors of the Nokia Theater have opened, and as more nerds filter in, we’ve set up shop to bring you the event live. It’s safe to expect Wii U news, plenty of video game trailers, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of renewed strength in… Read More

  • Sony Rebrands The PlayStation Suite, Reveals HTC As First New Hardware Partner

    Sony Rebrands The PlayStation Suite, Reveals HTC As First New Hardware Partner

    Sony is certainly no stranger to the mobile space — the recently-divorced Sony Mobile Communications branch has been announcing plenty of handsets lately, but the company has decided that their PlayStation-certified hardware efforts need to extend beyond their own walls. That said, Sony has just revealed that their first non-Sony hardware partner will be none other than HTC. Read More

  • Yer A Wizard, Sony: PlayStation Introduces Wonderbook, The AR Ebook For Kids Complete With Harry Potter Content

    Yer A Wizard, Sony: PlayStation Introduces Wonderbook, The AR Ebook For Kids Complete With Harry Potter Content

    Although the vast majority of Sony gaming content is focused on adult/teen titles, a new title called Wonderbook is particularly interesting. Using an augmented-reality book, kids can turn pages and watch themselves and the book animated on the screen. They’re creating educational and gaming content, including unique science and history stories. Read More

  • The Xbox 360, Now A True Cable Box Killer

    The Xbox 360, Now A True Cable Box Killer

    Microsoft just threw down at E3 2012. After exciting the crowd with Halo and Gears of War titles, the company unveiled new additions to the 360’s vast media offering. Don’t be distracted by the video game trailers: this is Redmond’s biggest news of the show. In fact the new offering could lead to a rival of the cord cutting movement. The Xbox 360 has nearly always had an… Read More

  • Wreckateer: Microsoft Aims For Angry Birds With New Casual Game

    Wreckateer: Microsoft Aims For Angry Birds With New Casual Game

    We haven’t been paying much attention to new games this E3 but a new title, Wreckateer, should be interesting to casual gamers who have a passing familiarity with another title involving avians who are peeved. The game uses the Kinect interface to allow you to pull back a giant crossbow and throw rocks and bombs at ugly green trolls in castles. Using hand gestures you can move the… Read More

  • Internet Explorer Will Land On The Xbox 360 “This Fall” With Kinect Controls In Tow

    Internet Explorer Will Land On The Xbox 360 “This Fall” With Kinect Controls In Tow

    The announcements just keep pouring out of Microsoft’s press event at the Galen Center, so here’s another one to chew on — Microsoft has announced that a version of their Internet Explorer browser will make its way to the Xbox 360 some time “this fall.” “Internet Explorer coupled with the power of Xbox will for the first time deliver a fast, fluid, intuitive… Read More

  • Microsoft Introduces Second-Screen Feature, Xbox SmartGlass

    Microsoft Introduces Second-Screen Feature, Xbox SmartGlass

    Microsoft just announced a new feature called Xbox SmartGlass, a “second screen” feature that allows you to view information about media on the screen of a mobile device or PC. SmartGlass allows you to view movies on multiple devices – viewing a movie on a tablet and then transferring the video to the screen, for example – and offers detailed media information on TV… Read More

  • Xbox 360 “Kinects” You With Media With New Voice Features

    Xbox 360 “Kinects” You With Media With New Voice Features

    Microsoft just announced an upcoming improvement to the Xbox 360 that allows you to search for movies and video content simply by calling out a few simple phrases (“bing action” for action movies, for example.) Microsoft also announced Bing voice support for 12 additional countries as well as more languages. They’ve also added more media channels including Machinima… Read More

  • Microsoft Xbox 360 Now Top Selling Console Worldwide

    Microsoft Xbox 360 Now Top Selling Console Worldwide

    Microsoft’s Don Mattrick announced at the Microsoft media event at E3 that the Microsoft Xbox 360 has moved from the top console in North America to the top console worldwide, beating out the PS3 and Nintendo Wii. Microsoft has not yet announced a successor to their popular 360 console but the success is attributed to high Kinect sales as well as improved media offerings for the console. Read More