June 4, 2012
E3 - Microsoft reveals apps, apps, and more apps

One of the biggest let downs of Microsoft’s briefing was their lack of games. The live feed of tweets showed people complaining almost constantly, and the feed from Spike TV’s live coverage showed pretty much the same. What was the biggest complaint?

THERE WERE NO GAMES!

Microsoft is known for trying to monopolize and control everything, and their platform in the Xbox 360 stands true to that testament. Most of the company’s conference time was taken up by the random apps that are soon to be coming to the console. Among the list were: more in-depth Bing search, Nike+ Fitness, another music app (Zune redone), and a long list of sports. 

The only good things about this segment of the conference were Smart Glass and the ESPN news. ESPN is going to be completely integrated into the Xbox system (whether it is paid or free wasn’t mentioned), which will include ESPN 1, 2, 3 and U at all times on the system. Sports nuts and regular fans, rejoice. 

And last but not least, Smart Glass. This new feature from Microsoft is going to work on incorporating smartphones and tablets with the Xbox to be partnered on your television. There are many many features that this covers, but one of the most important is the use of the tablet or smartphone as a remote control for your TV.

No longer will you need that regular remote or that controller that was made for your console, now you can have another reason to never put down your smartphone. 


June 4, 2012
E3 - Halo 4 

Halo 4

If you’ve been living under a rock, then you may not have heard about the Halo franchise…ah, who am I kidding? Even if you have been under a rock, you’ve heard and maybe even played the series. The new entry to the franchise, which is more like a reboot, is being done by 343 Industries instead of the original Bungie, but it looks to be good. The conference started with new footage and on-stage demo of the game’s campaign. It looked promising for 343, with a new HUD (Heads Up Display) and new style of rifle. 

While no multiplayer was showcased for the game, there have been features in magazines like GameInformer so far to clue us in on that. I’m sure we can expect more from 343 in the future. 


June 4, 2012
E3 2012 - Microsoft Falls Flat

This morning was the beginning of one of the biggest weeks of the year for gamers, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The conference features developers in the electronics and gaming industry as they showcase games, hardware/software, and more for the upcoming year. All of the big names in gaming are generally present, from Microsoft and Sony to EA and Nintendo. 

This year’s show kicked off with one of the biggest and (usually) best of the expo, Microsoft. With the new generation consoles looming ever closer, there was much speculation as to what Microsoft would present. There were some certainties like Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but there was a lot more mystery that shrouded their event; the problem for gamers, there wasn’t much for us to look at. 

Coming up are going to be some of the most notable moments, good and bad, in case you missed it. 

Overall, Microsoft fell flat on their face, disappointing gamers as they tried to integrate Kinect and apps into everything. Only the future will tell how it’ll play out, but for the most part it wasn’t to pretty. 

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