May 31, 2012

What are you looking forward to seeing at E3 next week?

If I ever doubted that my friends and I were a little odd, it was confirmed when I found out that not one, not two, but three of us had independently made plans to stream E3 at work next week. I suppose we could make the argument that it is work related since we have all occassionally worked with game developers, but in reality, I would probably do the same thing if I was sitting at home unemployed. It would just be a lot less fun because I would be looking at upcoming things that I wouldn't be able to afford for a while. Anyone else looking forward to E3? Anything in particular you want to see?


Easy: the new Nintendo Wii U.  Even though I am more of a PC gamer, there is no denying that game consoles have a huge impact on technology adoption for the average consumer.  The PS3 pushed Blu-Ray discs into many living rooms that wouldn't be watching them otherwise.  High speed internet demand is driven in part by the demands of gamers, and all modern game systems allow streaming video through services such as Netflix and Hulu to be easily piped into the living room and onto the family TV.  You can use your X360 for Skype, and the X360 was the vehicle that delivered gesture based control to the public before it was applied to PCs.  The original Wii is to motion control which was also an interface revolution.  Gaming drives hardware development for PCs as well.  Think those graphics cards would be as awesome as they are if it wasn't for gaming?  Not a chance.  


The new Nintendo Wii U console will be interesting because it may be the first of the next generation systems.  We will know once we see the hardware specs.  It has been a long time since Nintendo had hardware that was superior that that of Microsoft or Sony.  How it continues to integrate video, gaming and connectivity into the living room environment will be interesting, especially considering it uses a type of tablet for control input.  

Here's a preview of E3 that you might like:

E3 2012 Preview

I'm not much of a gamer, so I am not all that interested in it. But a lot of other people clearly are, I hope you get whatever games you are looking forward to. Enjoy! :)
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