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Comic-Con doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow but amidst some preview night events, I got the chance to stop by ActiVision’s press event at Anthology.  The three level venue featured demonstrations and multiple  demo stations that allowed attendees to experience game play for their new upcoming releases Prototype 2, 007 Goldeneye, X-Men:  Destiny & Spiderman Edge of Time.  ”

Here’s a clip from  some Prototype 2 and X-Men play.

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Xbox’s Media press conference has just concluded…here are the key announcements:

  • Introduction of voice controled TV
  • YouTube comes to Xbox 360
  • Bing comes to Xbox 360 with voice enabled search
  • Live TV from US and international partners including SKY and FOX
  • Kinect Fun Labs:  LIVE today for all Xbox LIVE subscribers
    •  Play with gadgets and game industry innovations right from your console
    • Instant Avatar translation
    • Finger tracking:  Take a picture of yourself by drawing with your finger in front and behind the image  and then view it from different angles in 3D
    • Object Capture:  scan in virtually anything then animate and interact with it in a game like fashion… kind of brings yours kids Binky to a whole new level doesn’t it.


Let the games begin…literally.  While the E3 expo hasn’t officially opened, news is beginning to flood the blogosphere on advancements in the gaming space.  According to website, VenutreBeat. Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect will unveil three new games at the conference one of which will allow gamers to fly through a carbon copy of California’s Disneyland.

In an effort to transcend motion-gaming into a universal experience, Microsoft will also be introducing two other titles with similar gaming experiences surrounding Star Wars and Sesame Street.  Stay tuned for multimedia coverage of these games this week.

Read the full article on VentureBeat

 

 

 

 

E3 Expo, the largest gaming conference in the U.S. is upon us.  Out ‘N Front will be reporting live from the event but prior to that coverage, I wanted to provide a quick snapshot of some of of the anticipated announcements we’ll see in Los Angeles this week.  As a caveat, I am by no means a gaming expert this coverage will be through the eyes of mobile and emerging technology.

Have insight to share?  Join the conversation by commenting or contact me @neilcarty

Some things I’ll be paying particular attention to:
  • The Big Three:  Nintendo “Project Cafe”, Xbox Kinect, Playstation NGP
  • Advancements in cloud gaming
  • Announcements surrounding tablet gaming
  • Motion gaming’s evolution
  • How will game developers address franchising coming to their conclusions?
  • Will developers embrace Xperia Play or are they already stretched thin?
  • Mobile gaming, mobile gaming, and more mobile gaming!

via Joystiq

Wedbush Securities games industry analyst Michael Pachter’s magic crystal ball predicts another month of Xbox 360 dominance in the NPD charts. His latest report to IndustryGamers says to expect sales of Microsoft’s console to be more than double that of its biggest competitor, the PS3, for December. Prognosticating that the Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units last month, he’s betting on a 91 percent boost in sales over November for Microsoft. As for the PS3, Pachter figures it sold 1.2 million units in December, a 12 percent dip compared to its performance in November.

As for actual real numbers, Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata revealed in an interview with Nikkei (via Andriasang) that the Wii sold over two million units in December. The DS reportedly performed on par with the same period in 2009, which would be somewhere around three million units.