Uh Burn!

Okay E3 press conference reviews are forthcoming.  I was only able to watch part of the shows live so that has delayed it somewhat.  Expect Microsoft tomorrow, Sony Thursday and Nintendo…well I’m not sure Nintendo showed anything worth talking about.

Anywho, you’ve probably already seen it but this video is such a great shot at Microsoft that I have to share



*No that isn’t a picture of the PlayStation 4, just a cool render I found online…This on the other hand?


So is Sony getting ready to unveil the PlayStation 4?

Well who knows what that is exactly but Sony says they are going to show us the future on February 20th.  So is it madness to give us the PS4 here in February and not hold off for e3?  Especially when they just said last week they weren’t going to jump the gun to beat Microsoft to the punch?  Well there is a little bit of history here.   You see it was January 2011 when Sony unveiled the NGP aka Vita…of course we all know how that has gone.

Anywho, I expect to see a new machine with a fancy codename (Orbis) some pretty pictures and videos and a hint of what is new but no full specs, no pricing, no street dates, etc…

What do you think?

Oh and for all you conspiracy theory buffs out there?  How about this one.   February 20 = 02/20 = 2+2 = 4…PS4?  A reach?  Perhaps…or perhaps not…


E3 2012…Predictions!

Its that time of year once again.  The time of year where gamers the world over look to sunny CA for the video game news that will shape the next 12 months in the industry.

I hope to find enough free time to once again put together my now standard E3 press conference reviews this week as they happen although for reasons out of my control I will be unable to see Nintendo’s conference live on Tuesday.  I will do my best.

Anywho, to get the E3 2012 hype started here on I decided to whip up a quick batch of “E3 2012 Predictions of Doom!”.  Sorry I don’t really know if that needed “of Doom” tacked on or not but it felt right.

You all know how much I like to incorrectly make predictions and E3 is one of those events that is completely impossible to predict.  So I thought I, like every other gamer with a voice on the interwebs, would throw together a quick batch of predictions for this years E3.  So here is the culmination of minutes of research, rumors, spy reports and flat out guesses…

In no particular order:

  • Wii U to stay named the Wii U as I discussed here.  Take your Revolution and your Streams and stuff it.
  • The Wii U will look as good as current gen.  Many will gripe that its not powerful enough to be a true next gen system and the debates will rage on.
  • Sony bites the bullet and just forgets the Move was ever invented seeing as how only something like three games have come out for it. They have bigger fish to fry.
  • No Final Fantasy VII remake…yet
  • Some form of Skylanders-ish functionality on a new Pokemon Wii U game using the tablet as the base…but it will be some random Pikachu’s dance recital game because Nintendo never puts proper Pokemon games on their home systems…unless…hey wait a minute this might be the first console Nintendo has ever had a proper online component for so maybe this all makes sense.
  • Nintendo will spend the first half of their conference talking about the success of the 3DS and we will finally get release dates for a number of titles.  Also unveiled for 3DS…a new Metroid and a new Zelda.
  • The Last of Us will be heavily featured at Sony’s conference and it will look amazing.  They will also hype new Killzone games sadly not realizing that nobody cares about Killzone.
  • No PS4…at least not formally but keep reading.
  • Wii U third party games will be underwhelming. With final developer kits going out in late spring there won’t be many exclusives, just ports of recent hits PS3/XBOX and standard upcoming third party hits (Madden, Call Of Duty, WWE games, etc…)
  • A new Just Dance for Wii U called U Just Dance…or something.
  • GTA V will not be fully revealed as its bigger than E3 and doesn’t need it. However I expect it to make an appearance of some sort at at least one of the press conferences with exclusives (am I looking at U?)…oh and it will come out in March 2013 but that may not be announced.
  • Revamped Playstation Plus service that gives access to a large catalog of older games (PS2 and prior) being available to stream on your PS3 and Vita systems through a cloud based service.
  • Nintendo will tell us multiple times that the Wii U is a system for the hardcore gamer…and then talk about all the cool apps for the U-Pad like HBO Go, Netflix, Facebook and Angry Birds that casual gamers love.
  • Redesigned 3DS? I’m thinking no, Nintendo has enough going on with the Wii U to tackle any hardware redesigns but I bet it gets announced after E3 and is on sale by August.
  • Sony will throw the proverbial “poop” at the wall for Vita releases to try and save the lackluster selling system.  Expect Vita versions of all of your favorites and prepare to realize that you don’t care about playing your PS3 favorites on the go. We don’t have attention spans to play these games while on the go. Thats why IOS and Android gaming is so appealing, that and its already in our pockets cause its on our phones.
  • I doubt a price reduction is imminent for Vita until perhaps holiday season as Sony won’t man up and take their lumps as quickly as Nintendo did with the 3DS however I expect new bundles for the Vita to provide added value for the same price.
  • Microsoft will unveil Halo 4 and a new Gears of War but both will “accidentally” be unveiled before their conference.
  • Nintendo will show Super Mario Bros Mii for Wii U (which may be the pack in game) and a new proper Mario.  If they have learned anything its that their little plumber should be present on launch day.
  • There will be either a StarFox or F-Zero game for Wii U done by Retro.
  • I will decide that typing Wii U every time is ridiculous but WU doesn’t fit as an abbreviation…anyone thing about that Nintendo?
  • A new Zelda game will pop up for Wii U but don’t expect it to be out until holiday 2013.
  • Sony will highlight the fact that with the Vita and a PS3 you could theoretically do the same things the Wii U can, that is until the Wii U shows us new functionality the next day.
  • Microsoft will focus on Halo 4 and a new Gears of War…because that’s what they do.
  • A new Mario Paint for Wii U, because it just seems like a perfect fit.
  • Microsoft will still feature the Kinect but it won’t be as heavily the focus as it was last year.
  • Bungie’s next project will be teased but not fully revealed, thats for next year.
  • Valve will make an appearance of some sort, perhaps hyping more STEAM integration on somebody’s system, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on a new Half Life.
  • Did I mention Halo 4 and a new Gears of War yet?  Because Microsoft will…repeatedly…
  • Microsoft and Sony will do something beyond software to try to compete with the excitement of the Wii U. I think Microsoft may give us some kind of teaser for their “NextBox” while sony seems likely to whip out some insanely gorgeous tech demo and not confirm its for PS4
  • I don’t think we will hear any more about the next Bioshock
  • No mention of the vitality sensor…or the Wii for that matter…”whatever happened to the Wii?”  we will all ask.
  • Black Ops 2 will be coming to all three systems but Microsoft will probably overpay for some “exclusive” downloadable content.
  • A new Splinter Cell
  • Looking over the games list from Square Enix I see no new Final Fantasy games for any of the main systems. Just handheld games and iOS/Android…so I expect to see Final Fantasy XV for PS3…but its also for the Wii U and Square will make an appearance at the Nintendo press conference. Only half of that was wishful thinking…
  • I will wind up underwhelmed and bitter after the major press conferences on Tuesday…

Sadly my last prediction is probably the most accurate one.  In this day and age it seems like more and more of the top third party developers don’t need E3 to make an announcement (Rockstar, Bungie, Blizzard, Valve, etc…) and their absence makes the world realize that E3 is no longer the end all be all.  Heck, even Microsoft first unveiled the XBOX 360 outside of E3 and that was years ago.  Those that do show at E3 tend to release info the weeks before the conference so that when we get there the surprises are a minimum.  Here is for hoping that come Tuesday afternoon I won’t be just another jaded gamer…


Sony’s NGP

or Next Generation Portable if you will.  Yes Sony has officially unveiled the successor the PSP, what many were formally calling the PSP2, but Sony has for now dubbed it with the codename “NGP”.  Any my oh my what a package Sony has given us:

“Next Generation Portable Entertainment System” Hardware Specs

CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)


External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)

Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Touchscreen: Multi-touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touchpad: Multi-touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras: Front camera; rear camera

Sound: Built-in stereo speakers; built-in microphone

Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer); three-axis electronic compass

Location: Built-in GPS; Wi-Fi location service support

PS button; power button; directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left); action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square); shoulder buttons (Right/Left); right and left sticks; Start button; Select button; volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications:
Mobile network connectivity (3G); IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode); Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

I’ve been hearing for some time now about what Sony was planning to deliver in this sequel to the PSP.  On the one hand its everything I’ve heard it was going to be, a similar form factor to the PSP, touchscreens, cameras, etc…  On the other hand, seeing it all unveiled now I can’t help but be blown away by how well it all comes together in one amazing looking package. Its like the iPhone4 to the iPhone 3GS but more and it has everything that would appear to make this the perfect marriage of the iPhone/Touch and the PSP.   It feels like a dis to say this but comparing the NGP to the 3DS…the 3DS looks like a toy next to this slick looking package.

Check it out:

For more info, check out the following post on where they combined all of their NGP posts into one tidy little package LINK