Weekend Confirmed 115 - E3 2012 predictions, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Dragon's Dogma

By Garnett Lee, Jun 01, 2012 11:00am PDT

E3 predictions! You love 'em! You hate 'em! You hate loving them? Whatever the case, The two Jeffs, and Insomniac's James Stevenson join Garnett to offer up plenty of forum fodder in anticipation of the big event next week. The crew tackles the big three--Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo--in the order of their respective press conferences. Does Xbox as a living room entertainment gateway give anyone goose bumps? Can Sony shake the Vita bottle hard enough to make a genie finally appear? Can Nintendo successfully answer "What would Mario do?" Of course, there's also time to talk some about the design plans for refining Diablo 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Dragon's Dogma before wrapping it up with Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 115: 06/01/2012

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    Show Breakdown:

    Round 1 00:00:38 – 00:27:49

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:28:16 – 00:57:34

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:58:27 – 01:27:28

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:28:15 – 02:01:51

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  • So here are some hopes for SmatGlass. As the quick Halo demo thing showed, I can manage messages and invites easily on it. I think to really make it work it first needs to be connected to my XBL experience at all times. I hate entering codes, it would be awesome to have a touch-screen keyboard to that, and an almost twitter-like stream of messages, for those of you that have more that 5 friends I assume it would be nice. How about the ability to switch the music I'm listening to without going to the guide? How about collectables, remember Alan Wake? Those pages of the manuscript you kept picking up. Wouldn't it have been nice to just ignore them while you were playing and then pull them up later on your tablet and actually READ them instead of skimming them. How about those Skyrim books you're always picking up? Mass Effect info? Historical Backgrounds from AC3? Puzzles, what if the puzzles you need to solve to advance in the game could be made to work with your touchscreen device, or be saved to your tablet to be worked on your lunch break? i think the ways that SmartGlass can change our Xbox experience are only limited by how we think about it.

  • 'Twas the night before E3 when all through the net
    Not a poster was stirring for their minds were all set
    On gaming and gifs by the hundreds and more
    To see what press conferences would have in store

    The GAFfers were warm, all snug in their beds
    While visions of megatons danced in their heads
    And I, in my boredom, began to compose
    An ode to E3, in terrible prose

    When all of a sudden, with palpable glee
    "E3 is right here, on Spike TV"
    The voice of Geoff Keighley enlivens the still
    With the promise of games that he would fulfill

    "My body is ready!" shout Nintenbots with joy
    The Xbots counter "The Wii's just a toy!"
    Sony fans cheer for the Playstation brand
    And pray the Vita removes its head from the sand

    Then the conferences start with a flash and wubwub
    And disappear faster than the WiiU stick nub.
    We argue and bicker over the best game of show
    But at the end of the day, there's one thing we all know

    We all love to play, that much is for certain
    And love seeing what's happening behind the curtain.
    So before we see the Xbox green light
    Happy E3 to all and to all a good night!

  • On the show you guys talked a little bit about the Service side when it comes to Sony, and when you think about it that's still their main disadvantage. The PS3 now get's most of the same games the 360 does along with probably a greater number of exclusives, but so many people still stick with the 360 because of Live. We all have a feeling that Sony is mostly going to talk about games, but if they did spend some of their conference time on improvements to the PlayStation OS service I think a lot of people would be satisfied.

    I'm honestly surprised that all these video services came to the Xbox first - the PlayStation is usually the machine more associated with video content. My PS3 has been almost more valuable to me as a video-playing set-top box than as a game console. I own both consoles, but I would honestly much rather use YouTube (which is getting a Vita app), HBOGo, and other services on the PS3 than on the 360. That might just be personal preference though.

    I think apps and service stuff could be what sets the Vita apart too. With the right apps it could even become a decent cheap tablet alternative. I think the rumors have already started that Sony might unveil an eBook app for instance - a Kindle app would be ideal (turn the Vita vertically). One of my favorite features of the PSP early on was the podcast RSS catcher. Those things along with email, good advancements to the web browser, and an RSS app (like Fliboard), could go a long way towards making people carry their Vitas with them more often.