LOS ANGELES –
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has come and gone, with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all making major announcements, such as:
• Nintendo introduced Wii U, due in 2012, which is built around a new tablet-type controller that allows for users to switch game play from the TV screen to the tablet’s 6.2-inch touchscreen.
• Sony Computer Entertainment America introduced its next-generation portable entertainment system, PlayStation Vita — and apologized for the Play- Station Network outage.
• Microsoft introduced a new voice-activated search system that will help Xbox 360 users instantly search for a favorite movie or TV show by speaking out the title’s name via the Bing search engine and the Kinect software to glean movie listings from the Netflix, Hulu Plus and ESPN online video services.
Yet all of this seemed rather hohum to regular TWICE contributor and veteran video game reporter Peter Suciu. In a blog about the show he commented, “The (E3) halls were just as crowded, just as loud and the booth babes just as scantily clad. On the surface it was E3 as usual. But there was something different. In some ways the excitement was gone, the cheers at the press conferences weren’t as loud although these were more crowded than usual.”