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A lookback at E3 games: Fantasia: Music Evolved

Probably my favorite game from E3: a new rhythm game from Harmonix that puts a new spin on the whole music game genre. While the game does have your traditional "hit the mark with the right timing" gameplay, it also allows the user to change the song as they play it. Ultimately this conductor game should be seen to be believed. Check out this video for a good look (the gameplay starts around 3:40).

The game incoporates its Fantasia license loosely, but attempts to capture the spirit of the classic movie more than anything. Fantasia: Music Evolved comes out for Xbox One and Xbox 360 sometime in 2014, and requires Kinect to play.

Source: www.youtube.com

by Joshua Whitman on Jun 19, 2013

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E3 is over - Sony wins, probably, and everyone's still hating the Xbox One

E3!

So it's come and gone. Every year, this giant news source drops a boatload of content onto fans' shoulders, and leaves us to sort through the mess. In the coming weeks, we're going to take a look at some of the things that might have been overshadowed by the major console news.

For now, here's a quick recap of the biggest stuff with Microsoft and Sony, in case you missed it!

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E3 2013 Press Conferences

The day of E3 press conferences ended with a bang thanks to Sony's strong showing. We saw the console, got the price ($399, lower than Xbox's $499), nice announcements (Kingdom Hearts 3, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Versus XIII)), and support for indie developers!

Tomorrow, the adventure continues with Nintendo's video presentation.

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by Joshua Whitman on Jun 10, 2013

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Microsoft reveals the Xbox One

Microsoft finally showed us its new next gen console today in the form of the Xbox One. The system sports some new features like multitasking between apps like movies and Skype, and live TV integration (including deals with Comcast and the NFL). The box has an 8 core processor and 8 GB of ram with a 500 GB non-removable hard drive. Though the video card was not mentioned, we know it supports BluRay and video output up to 4k.

The console will require an Internet connection, but not "always online" capability. Used games can be played, but there's a fee associated with playing these games (similar to EA's now retired online pass program). Like the PS4, the system will not be backwards compatible. Microsoft claims 15 exclusive games, including 8 new franchises will be available within a year of its launch later this year.

Source: www.polygon.com

by Alistair Baxter on May 22, 2013

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E3 - Two weeks later, what was memorable?

E3 was underwhelming this year. There were few real surprises, besides Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs, and maybe The Last of Us and Pikmin 3. Now, two weeks later, there’s very little of the typical post-E3 energy left.

By or at next year's convention, Sony's Orbis, and Microsoft's Durango will be unveiled. New consoles mean new dev kits, new engines, new assets, and new opportunities for old franchises to shine once more, plus a chance for new IP to establish itself. As such, this year was laid back, with developers and publishers afraid to get too ahead of themselves. They focused on the retailer, stockholder, and investor angle of the show. As a core gamer, I feel like I’ve nothing to be excited about.

I've provided some light commentary from the perspective of a gamer who wants real games — not pandering, not investment advice. Let us hear about the games that struck you most.

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Microsoft E3 2012 Press Conference Live Blog

Microsoft's conference is first, starting at 9:30 am PST, or 12:30 pm EST. We'll see how they plan to address their competitors with new hardware in the next year. Click "Keep reading" to see the live blog! Next after this is EA at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST.

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The conference is over, and you can find it on youtube here. You can also see Bosskey's live blog after the break, as well as a summary of the important news from the conference.

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E3 2012 expectations, predictions, and japery

Held this year June 5 to 7 in LA, E3 2012 is probably the last E3 we'll have that focuses primarily on the current generation of consoles. It's a momentous event that always changes the landscape of game discussion, even if it tends to accomplish little on its own.

The potential for self-parody present on every public stage is one of E3's most entertaining aspects. Executives, hired talent, and developers appeal to fans with varying levels of charisma. Such antics have contributed to the fame of Nintendo's teddy bear monster executive Reggie Fils-Aime, among others.

This year's convention has a lot of potential for exciting news. Nintendo will be detailing their new console, for one. New handhelds 3DS and Vita will have to prove their longevity with interesting release lineups. The other companies will be sharing their closing lineups for what might be this console generation's last big holiday cycle.

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