Debate of the Day: Who Won E3?

E3 is technically still going on I believe, but now that the big three’s press conferences are over, it’s time to start debating who “won” the event as we always do. The above graphic may clue you in to my thoughts on the matter, and this should disprove the notion once and for all that I’m an Xbox fanboy. I know enough to admit when my brand has dropped the ball.

But really, I think the entire event was kind of a bust. Nothing from the Big 3 got me particularly excited, and really my only “holy shit!” moment came during the incredible Skyrim demo.

Microsoft: Kinect, Kinect, Kinect, Kinect and oh yeah, more Halos. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I expected Microsoft to not do much this year, but that doesn’t mean they should haven. Yes, they have strong sales of both 360 and Kinect, and are in a comfortable position, but the entire presentation was devoted to the Kinect system, and honestly it did nothing to convince me to actually buy one. If this is included as part of some future console, great, but I’m not going to pay $150 to talk my way through Mass Effect or 3D finger paint. Halo 4 would have been a nice surprise, if it was just that, a surprise, but their own ineptitude caused the info to leak early, and that wast he crux of their entire presentation.

Sony: As I’m an Xbox guy, Sony is supposed to be my Mortal Enemy, but even I have to admit they did a much better job than Microsof this year. I think finally everyone will be able to stop talking about the PSN breach (that is, if the hacks actually stop), and move on to talking about actual games again. Uncharted 3 looked phenomenal, and I was further impressed with how much I actually dug the Vita, in both name and execution. At only $250, Nintendo has a real handheld competitor on their hands, and ironically LACK of 3D might be what gives the Vita a leg up. Sony pushing console 3D and Move was annoying, and I don’t think that 24 inch TV bundle is going to spark the 3D gaming revolution they hope it does, but overall, a well done show.

Nintendo: Congratulations to Nintendo for having the most confusing console reveal in history at E3. I understand wanting to showcase the innovative new control scheme of your console, and downplaying the specs that the actual box has if they’re lackluster, but you need to be clear that this IS a new console and it DOES have a box. I was less able to be impressed with the tech as I was mainly trying to figure out what the hell I was seeing.  The name, WiiU, certainly didn’t help, as for a while I thought it was just an extension of the current Wii. But once we figured out what was going on, the tech does look cool. I’m not going to say it’s not a gimmick, but it does seem to be more relevant to gaming than straight up motion controls, as that second mini-touchscreen has a lot of potential.

Nintendo has won E3 by the simple virtue of a new idea and originality. What do you think?

  • Beha

    Oh yeah, Microsoft totally blew it. I could hardly watch all of the Kinect bullshit without vomiting on myself. All of the demos seemed like videos with someone acting like he/she was actually playing. It seemed more like a poorly acted infomercial than a press conference. The Star Wars demo was the most disappointing. How could Microsoft be so out of touch with gamers that they would show something like that? The ONLY thing I saw the Kinect do that was somewhat cool was the Ghost Recon weapon customizer. And even that isn’t gameplay. I honestly don’t have much to look forward to on the 360. Even Halo 4 may suck, it’s not made by Bungie, what promise do I have that 343 will do it justice? (Why even make another Halo?)

  • samiester

    I still can’t wrap my head around why nintendo is going from pioneering motion control and then producing this, which will limit range of motion (undoubtedly) and then pretty much rehashing the Wii for the new console, but with 1080p output

  • Frillic

    Can I say that I don’t think anyone WON E3. Microsoft wasn’t good, Sony was kind of eh, and Nintendo was Oh that’s cool but what else you got? So I say no winners this year.

  • Sverrir Sigfússon

    I personally think that Sony won this one. They handled the apology at the beginning very well (or Tretton did) and they just had jaw dropping game after jaw dropping game. And the Vita pricing is a huge win for them, plus they just made me want one. The only thing missing was that “oh, and one more thing..” at the end. That would’ve put them in the stratosphere.

    MS was way too Kinect and kid heavy. I was impressed by the voice stuff though.

    Nintendo really got me with the Zelda bit at the beginning, but I have no interest in the 3DS and they did nothing to change that. Wii U is the absolute worst console name in recent memory. And I’m afraid that the screen thing will be really gimmicky for a while until devs can get a handle on it. I still want to try thing for myself mind.

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  • john

    hold the kinect stuff, microsoft had teh only things i was really interested in( not really excited for any of sony’s games. i have a ps3 but there stuff is not really anyhting i’m excited to play). I have gaming websites blocked here, so halo 4 was a huge surprise to me and the fact that the master chief is going ot be back is beyond exciting to me.

    mass effect 3 – duh

    i think the wii u could be cool but i don’t know if it will be. i don’t wanna see tech demo’s. i just wanna see somethign i’ll actually be using it for

  • ZanicNight

    All and all I would have to say nothing all that impressive from anyone.

    I think Mircosoft needs to work on marketing and pushing new IPs. Sure Halo is a good game and all but when we start getting into the 6 game of a series I start to lose interest.

    Sony’s played a lot on Uncharted to build a hype kind of like Mircosoft does with Halo so it was nothing suprising. The only important news from sony was the price point for the Vita.

    Looking at Nintendo it reminds me of the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube connection thing they did some time back where the game boy advance should work like a contoller with some games. So I feel they are doing what they do best and looking at some old ideas and polishing them up. This time they did the console and handheld connection thing and just made the the DSiXL handheld (bottom half) a controller. I know their is more to it but I feel like I seen some of this before.

    Nothing for me this year really felt exciting or new.

  • Tim

    I read an article on IGN about how the combo of the PS3 + PS Vita will eventually allow you to do things very similar if not spot on to what the Wii U will be doing. The PS Vita will be at a cheaper price point and you’ll also have a dedicated handheld then. And all of it would be able to hit the market before the Wii U launch. Seems like Sony was more forward thinking than most people give them credit. It was an interesting article.

  • PotO


    The thing is though, the PS3 + Vita combo will never be a threat to the Wii U because, one, it will likely be more expensive ($300 for a PS3 + $250 for a Vita). Secondly, and most importantly, every Wii U will include a Wii U controller, making it easy for that to be the primary control scheme to develop for, whereas there will never be a 100% attachment rate of Vitas and PS3s.

    While I don’t think the PS3Vita combo is a threat to the Wii U, on a semi-unrelated note, I believe the Vita could be a threat to the 3DS. We’ll just have to see what the public likes more, pretty graphics or 3D.

    Also, I believe Nintendo won E3. I wasn’t confused at all when they announced the Wii U and was baffled that others were and I was very impressed with the possibilities it has. Let’s hope it delivers.

  • Metallimetal

    Finally got a chance to watch the Nintendo press conference. First off, let me say that Nintendo’s conference was not that hard to understand, or at least I didn’t think so. However, I did check out a few articles before I was able to watch the video, so maybe that helped avoid any confusion. That being said, I think those who are loyal to Nintendo, at least the majority, will be getting a solid product that has a lot of potential.

    It still seems a little gimmicky to me, but I must say, the fact that you can play the games on the controller is pretty cool. Obviously, when I play games, I like to do so on a big screen, but if someone wanted/needed to use the TV at the same time, it would make it such a non-issue. I don’t know if it’s going to revolutionize the way people game, but it’s definitely making it more convenient. And, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.

    Now, as for who “WON” out of the big 3…

    Being that I own the PS3 and 360, I wanted to focus my attention on their press conferences. First up was Microsoft, which was lackluster at best, showing off the Kinect for what seemed like the entire event. And guess what? After all of that, I’m still not interested. I will say that when they used it for Ghost Recon, I thought it was pretty cool. Even some of the voice control for Mass Effect 3 was somewhat interesting. I think voice control could be used to great effect in many games, assuming the A.I. is up to snuff, of course. As of right now, the only games that I’m looking forward to are Gears of War 3, and now, Halo 4. By the way, Halo 4 was a solid tease at the end, assuming that you didn’t know about it, which I did not!

    Next up was Sony, kicking off the event on their knees! Alright, so maybe not on their knees, but certainly wary of the recent issues associated with the PSN. I, for one, don’t really care about this, as I’m not worried about my information being used against me. Perhaps I should be, but I’m just not. So, moving on… Once again, Sony, like Microsoft, was doing it’s best to get people on board with the Move, as well as 3D. And, once again, not interested whatsoever. I’ve seen one movie in 3D, and if I never see another one, then so be it. I did think that the 24″ 3D HDTV bundle, is a good idea to try and win people over, but the TV is a bit small, not to mention that you still have to have multiple pairs of glasses to enjoy the experience. When it comes to motion controls, whether it be for the Wii, PS3 or 360, I think there’s a market for it, but I’m just not a part of it, and never expect to be.
    Now, what ended up being the most exciting part of their conference, and the most surprising to me, was how much I wanted the Vita after I saw it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve not convinced myself that I will get one with 100% certainty, but I never wanted a PSP, so I think that says something. It just seems like there’s a lot of potential tucked away inside of it, and it actually seems like it could be used to enhance the gamer’s experience. Also, the price tag is not too shabby, starting at $250 for the wifi version, and $300 for the wifi/3G version. Definitely interested in this item.
    I also liked the games that were mentioned. Games like Infamous 2 (out now, I know), Uncharted 3, Battlefield 3 (I’m seriously done with MW/COD), Metal Gear: Rising (and the HD bundle), Twisted Metal, and countless others. I know there are other games that I should be mentioning, but I’d need to watch the conference again, as well as some of the others, like EA’s and KONAMI’s.

    All in all, I’d say it wasn’t the best E3, but I wasn’t expecting it to be. I haven’t had much, if any interest in Nintendo in the last 15 years, so news of a new console being announced was not going to blow me away. For all you Nintendo fans, enjoy the new console, it could be cool! As for Microsoft, I’m fairly new to them, well, at least owning a 360. So, it was somewhat disappointing that there weren’t more games shown. Which, if you’re new to a system, it’s exactly what you’re looking for. And, finally, Sony, the maker of my system of choice, the PS3…and perhaps, in the near future, the Vita! By far, it was my favorite conference out of the big 3, and my choice for winner of E3!

    Here’s to another great year in gaming!