into the LA Shrine auditorium for the
Xbox conference was killer. I mean,
I really wanted this to happen. For
the last 5 years running, attending
press conferences such as this have
been such a pain in the ass. They're
boring. They talk too long. But a new
system press conference is different.
The air is charged with electricity.
Everyone is buzzing. Everyone is literally
freaking. Getting to your seat, you
can't help but absorb the energy of
everyone in the room. It's that "Meeting
your blind date" kind of anticipation.
Of course, we all caught a glimpse of
her last week, so we know she ain't
ugly. But can she hold our attention
with beautful conversation? Does she
have a nick rack? Does she go all the
way? Or is she hot, but really dumb?
These questions were going to be answered.
cut to the chase as I have to attend
the Sony conference in an hour and I
know the Platinum attention spans are
all "Where are the codes because
they retardly think Platinum is all
about codes." Kids.
Microsoft has some serious issues in
terms of company leakage, most everything
interesting about the Xbox 360 was leaked
a week or two before the official (and
moronic) MTV Special. Since gamers got
screwed over in terms of actual content
on the MTV show in favor of pimping
Xboxes and live performances of bands
we don't care about, we assumed that
this press conference would make up
didn't see Halo 3, Perfect Dark Zero
or any other killer app stuff although
Bethesda's Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
and Final Fantasy XII looked super smoking
hot. Most of the footage we've seen
of the games, while impressive - Dead
or Alive 4, Project Gotham Racing 3,
Ghost Recon 3 etc - doesn't look miles
ahead of the current Xbox. It certainly
doesn't have that generational leap
that we were all expecting. This all
may change in a few months time so don't
hold me to this.
biggest thing I felt Microsoft was pushing
at the conference, besides the subwoofer
speakers ("Bass = FUN!" someone
must have told them) was their XBL and
Marketplace. The XBL two tiered service
was already explained in detail but
I did learn one little nugget: XBL Silver
users (non-paying) will be allowed to
watch online matches without particpating
in them. While it's an interesting concept,
I think its usage will be truly realized
when celebrity matches take place on
XBL, and I have a feeling we'll be seeing
a fair share of these.
a little worried about the Xbox Marketplace.
It would seem that it's Microsoft's
way of getting the consumer to shell
out more money for extras that used
to be included free. Want a new costume?
That'll cost you $2. Want a new car?
$5. Want infinite health and a level
select? Today's special only $9.99.
That's a scary prospect. Paying for
codes is crazy. Oops. You know what
I mean. But if the PS3 version of the
game has their extras free of charge
and the games look similar, see ya Xbox
360! Gamers aren't stupid you know.
the Xbox press conference was a lot
like trying to entice a squirrel to
come up to you. No sudden movements.
The X360 was nothing more than a big
juicy nut held out in the hand of Microsoft
to get you to come a little closer....little
closer....that's it....sniff the nut....that's
it... You get my point.
didn't mention price or release date
which pissed me off because thanks to
the leaker, I knew all of that other
stuff before. It wasn't exactly a waste
of time, more like a waste of a room
full of kinetic energy. Microsoft could
have, should have and would have blown
the walls down with some killer info
that no one knew, but they played it
safe. And playing it safe is something
that Microsoft can't afford to do.