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Industry Analysts, Jokers Predict E3 Shenanigans

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the i'm-so-excited-and-i-just-can't-hide-it dept.

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Thanks to GameSpot for its 'Spot On' column discussing game industry financial analysts' predictions for the E3 Expo being held in Los Angeles next week. Among the predictions from various analysts are plans for Xbox ("I'm virtually certain that Microsoft will announce that Xbox Next is coming in 2005. Not clear whether they want to do so at E3"), Sony's possible announcements ("Probably a price cut to $149, and reemphasizing the point that PS2 is still going strong"), and discussion of Nintendo's DS ("...it now appears the system is generating a more positive response, particularly among game publishers.") But if you're fed up with 'expert' opinions, then try some completely fake predictions from Jason 'Loonyboi' Bergman, including: "Midway will announce a pre-order campaign for NARC, in which the first 1,000 orders will receive 1/8th of an ounce of hashish... Nintendo's press conference will consist entirely of awkward silence, interrupted only by a single person making farting noises with his armpit."

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I predict it will be full of "game journalists" (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9099064)

Every shitty fansite on the web ends up "sending" about seven "journalists" to E3.

Ban them all! and E3 would be much better.

Re:I predict it will be full of "game journalists" (3, Funny)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9099286)

dont be so harsh, my geocities free hosted review site needed those 10 vips passes for the amount we get read

Maybe fuller than you think! (minus the quotes) (3, Interesting)

Peteroo (757115) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101801)

Actually, from what I've heard, in recent years E3 has cracked down considerably on awarding media badges to fan sites. Check out the current requirements at:

http://www.e3expo.com/media_center/media_faqs/inde x.asp#4

They seem pretty stringent.

I had trouble getting a badge myself a couple of years back and I've covered the industry for 15 years. (And no, not for fan sites. :) )

But back to the Gamespot article itself: I have to question the value of debating what's going to happen a few days before it happens. I know this is the gold standard of Sunday morning TV punditry (a la The McLaughlin Group), but why not wait for E3 to unfold, and bring in the analysts afterward to discuss what actually happened--when they can talk about something concrete?

Peter

Re:I predict it will be full of "game journalists" (1)

jasonditz (597385) | more than 10 years ago | (#9104263)

Better still, let them in, but ban all those corporations that use E3 as little more than an excuse to unveil new products.

The only thing I care about (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9099163)

Is the announcement of Nico (Ico 2) at E3. god damn they're taking their time with this game. Ico was sooooo good it makes my gf pale in comparison. She loves the game a lot too.

Re:The only thing I care about (2, Funny)

king-manic (409855) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101334)

If she's a gamign geek won't she be pale anyways.

Why the DS will be great (4, Informative)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9099701)

Here is why the DS will be great for Nintendo. As long as it doesn't cost a ridiculous amount of money, I will buy it. I think $200 would be the absolute maximum I would even consider paying based on what we know so far. But $150 is more realistic. Given that I'm not losing a fortune there are only a few possibilities.

Possibility one is that it is a great success and has tons of great games, I win. Another possibility is that it is another Virtual Boy. I win again because I'm that guy who has the virtual boy. Another possibility is that it does sort of well, but not great, like the Dreamcast. I consider that a win as well as long as I get my moneys worth.

I'm really looking forward to the full scoop on the ds so that I can know for sure, but right now it seems like there is no reason not to buy it.

Hey you never know... (2, Informative)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101169)

Who knows, some of these joke predictions may come true. I donno if anyone here listens to the webcast 'GamingNoise' but last year a few weeks before E3 they decided to make predictions regarding the next E3..

By rolling a dice.

One of the predictions was that all three consoles would announce a price-cut during E3. The rest, as they say, is history.

Whee. (2, Insightful)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 10 years ago | (#9101710)

I think the joke post makes more sense than the non-joke posts, honestly. Good ol' E3, especially this year. I know I'm looking forward to the countless games based on movies based on comic books. And then there's the sequels. Hopefully the DS and PSP going head-to-head will cause something interesting to appear.

So... (-1, Troll)

ajservo (708572) | more than 10 years ago | (#9102962)

Writing joke comments about fart noises is newsworthy?

Slow news day or lazy editor...? You decide.

Seriously, I really want console announcements...

I am VERY interested in what SEGA's got on their plate. I'm hoping their secret is worth it... They're REALLY tight lipped about it.

I predict... (1, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 10 years ago | (#9103538)

...DNF.

Re:I predict... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9106948)

The article is about THIS YEAR's E3, you insensitive clod!
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