Well E3 has arrived once again. though I know no one reading this takes any interest whatsoever on the subject matter, it's something that I did last year and figure I should do since my posts are few and far between. I'll basically cover the main points regarding the convention thus far.
* Nintendo's former revolution, now dubbed "Wii", has taken the show by storm. Playable demos have demonstrated that Nintendo's system is not all gimmick. A Next-Gen metroid game, new Super Mario, Zelda Twilight Princess, and Red Steel, Ubisoft's killvest answer to the usual tame lineup that comprises the usual Nintendo Library, were marvelous (or so i've read...on forums...from "sources"). If anyone that came along to the Disneyland Senior trip, remembers the namco samurai game with the motion detecting sword, that will give you some idea how the controller functions (NOTE: excluding the crap control the interface offered, which kinda makes for a bad example, so forget the reference).
*PS3 cost was finally unveiled to the masses, albeit at a price only a mortgage can afford. Following in what has become "what else sony copies from..." forum topics, they have decided to introduce a two bundle structure. For 499.99, you get a system that is barebones with no "real" features. And I'm not taking "it sucks 'cause no headset, and wireless controller, and etc." ala Xbox 360, I mean the system itself will be depraved of actual internal hardware that might not be upgradable through aftermarket accessories. 599.99 is what you can expect to pay if you actually want a (true) PS3. Sony has only spoken aloud about the price difference and the 20 and 60 GB HDD respectively, but upon closer inspection a myriad of features are absent from the "bargain" bundle.
*Sony ditched the boomerang look of last years controller, and decided to stick to the same controller design, which it has for the last decade! Controversy arose after the Sony Press conference when It was announced that motion detection was added to the controller, while ditching the original rumble feature. Again, Sony taking a cue from the competition. Shortages are unavoidable, now that Sony has decided to launch the system globally on Nov. 17.
*Xbox 360 has some games, like Gears of War, Lost Planet, and Pinata, but for the most part this was a Hardware-oriented E3 (or i just don't care about the 360 to report on it).
The big 3 pretty much dropped the hammer on the masses. Coming out with a new systems, creating a drastic paradigm shift in both technology and selection. I'm glad that at least Sony decided to ship all their systems with HDD, which means that advantages that the original xbox had like streaming and caching on the hard drive is something developers can utilize on all games since all consumers will have a HDD handy, unlike the Xbox 360. A lot of people have put there money on Nintendo. Guaranteeing to be the cheaper machine and trying to reach greater market by introducing those usually afraid to pick a controller with 21 buttons with a new and simple way to play, i'm inclined to agree.