June 10 - June 14

I am settled in for the morning, ready to watch the Microsoft E3 presentation, and I'm trying to think about what I want to hear them say to make me interested in their product again. And, short of walking back about 70% of what they've been saying over the past month, I'm hard-pressed to imagine what is going to get me back on the bandwagon. I'm not an incredibly strong-willed man, so I'm not going to drop a gauntlet and make a grand pronouncement about whether I'm buying The One or not. What I can say is if it were released this morning, I wouldn't want one.

It should be all about the games, and maybe I'm putting the cart ahead of the horse by having an opinion on the matter before Microsoft has walked out their gaming cavalcade — assuming I'm to believe they actually bothered to put one together — but the relentless barrage of bad decisions and arrogant pronouncements by the company really has been a bit much to take. While I probably can still be persuaded back into camp, right now what I actually feel is an almost petty, reactionary response. I find myself, at least partly, hoping they continue to fall flat on their face. I sort of hope they get up on stage in an hour-and-a-half, stiff armed in a meticulous facade of affected hip-casualness, and stay a course that only fans the outrage. Let them actually explain, straight-faced and through stiff, barely moving lips, why having their system require phoning home once-a-day is actually a benefit. I hope they spend more time talking about social apps and how Kinect can put up ads for fast food every time it hears my stomach growl — barely ever focusing on actual games, so engrossed in their own self-satisfied hubris that they chart a course toward certain failure.

They seem to wish nothing but ill of me of late, so turnabout is fair play. It's childish, I know, but you know what? Screw those guys.

Good, I think we're starting the week out on a note of personal growth. Meanwhile, the recent lesser of two evils that is sitting quietly in the background while Microsoft takes the heat (Sony) is busy publishing the long-awaited and apparently quite good The Last of Us. The new IP from perennial hit-maker Naughty Dog stands in the desert of a long E3 week, and, assuming they make any kind of splash with their PS4 this week, the long embattled Sony might just find itself back in good graces. At least for a day or two.

E3 week tends to be a release window vacuum, so to have any big release this week, much less one quite this big, is remarkable. That's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.

- Alone in the Park (download)
- Pandora: Purge of Pride (download)
- Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition

- Contra: Shattered Soldier (PSN - PS2 Classics)
- Pirates: Legend of the Black Buccaneer (PSN - PS2 Classics)
- The Last of Us

Wii U
- Mutant Mudds Deluxe (eShop)

- Flying Hamster HD (PSN)

- Big Bass Arcade: No Limit (eShop)
- Bugs vs. Tanks! (eShop)
- Mighty Switch Force 2 (eShop)


There was a 2d Contra game on the PS2? That sounds interesting. Not sure how I missed that.

I'm hoping I can afford to grab The Last of Us this week or next. Not sure if it's really in my finances at the moment. However, it's definitely of interest to me.

As for E3, I'm going to try going in without expectations, but I think that'll be easier with the Sony, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft presentations. Microsoft...it's going to be hard not to be snarky.

Nothing this week it looks, although my interest is piqued by the Contra game (yet another series I like in theory but am terrible at in practice).

ccesarano wrote:

Microsoft...it's going to be hard not to be snarky.

My money says it's the same presentation as the last 3 E3s / the big tent event from a few weeks ago. Get your bingo cards and popcorn ready! Also, they drew the short straw and are going against Apple's WWDC keynote.

I'm really interested to see all of the announcements from the big 3. This is the first E3 in a long time that has the potential to be full of surprises, both good and bad.

I've already blocked off a good chunk of time to dig into The Last of Us this weekend. Very excited!

Dyni wrote:

I'm really interested to see all of the announcements from the big 3. This is the first E3 in a long time that has the potential to be full of surprises, both good and bad.

This is true. Everyone has done a great job of keeping a lid on big announcements so far. Last year was a bit of a letdown because there was a large number of leaks the week before.

So how did it live up to your hopes of schadenfreude?

It did not.

wordsmythe wrote:

Late to the party but figured either you or Grenn would have picked that one up.