Category: Console Wars

Coffee Talk #628: What You Want From E3 2014

Posted on June 4th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, PC Gaming, Videogames. 4 comments
E3 2014 is just around the corner. Honestly, I've been avoiding thinking much about it. My June is pretty nuts -- E3, The Vape Summit, hosting a pair of store grand openings, family visits, and more. Obviously E3 shows are something that I always look forward to; they're wondrous events that are unlike any other trade show I've attended (and I've attended a ton of 'em). It's always awesome seeing new games, seeing how other games are coming along, watching the press conference spectacles, watching the publisher pissing contests, and (most of all) catching up with longtime colleagues in the gaming business. Still, I'm so detached from the industry at the moment that I don't...continued

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Team Up For Console Wars Movie

Posted on February 26th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Movies, Videogames. 7 comments

In addition to working on the nerdily anticipated Preacher TV show for AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are teaming up for a movie based on Blake Harris’ Console Wars book. Rogen and Goldberg will be directing and writing the movie. The book’s subtitle is “Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation,” so as you can imagine, the Console Wars movie will cover that chapter in the never-ending saga known as Robotech The Console Wars.

Console Wars focuses on former Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske. Known … continued

Microsoft Lists Xbox One Gold Features

Posted on August 8th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Videogames, Xbox One. 4 comments

Microsoft has posted a list of Xbox Live Gold features you can enjoy on the Xbox One for $60 a year. The expected features of online gaming and premium entertainment apps (i.e. Netflix) are extra. Features touted at the two Xbox One press conferences earlier this year also require Xbox Live Gold — NFL on Xbox, OneGuide, Game DVR, Skype, and SmartMatch are part of the premium service. Check out the nifty infographic above for a visual explanation.

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Xbox 180: Microsoft Changes its Stance on Xbox One

Posted on June 19th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Xbox One. 10 comments

In a major turnaround, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick announced that the company will not require an Internet check every 24 hours for Xbox One. Gamers will also be able to trade, gift, sell, and rent games freely. Here are the relevant bullet points from the announcement:

An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games — After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour


Today’s Poll: Do You Want a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One?

Posted on June 11th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. 18 comments

After a pair of reveal events, a pair of E3 2013 press conferences, and an evening to think about it all, I’m sure that you have a pretty good idea of what the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 have to offer. Which next-gen console do you want more? Kindly vote in today’s poll and, if you have time, explain your pick in the comments section.

Which next-gen console do you want more?

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Coffee Talk #588: Scattered Thoughts on E3 2013 Day Zero

Posted on June 11th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Console Wars, PC Gaming, PlayStation 4, Videogames, Xbox One. 10 comments
Yesterday I went to three E3 2013 press conferences: Microsoft, EA, and Sony. I watched some of Ubisoft's with a few friends through streaming video, but quickly got bored (to be fair, I was pretty tired at the time). Here are some random thoughts on the day's pressers...more

More PlayStation 4 Snark

Posted on May 28th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. No Comments

Here are some followups to this great PS4 meme. This stuff is hilarious in that ultra-nerdy way, don’t you agree?… continued

Snarky PlayStation 4 Meme Should Be a Real Sony Ad

Posted on May 25th, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. 2 comments

This PlayStation 4 meme that pokes fun at the Xbox One’s vaunted television features should be a real advertisement. It’s a simple message that has an element of truth, has a witty edge, and will get the fanboys riled up. While Microsoft is looking to control the entire living room, Sony appears more focused on games. (That’s the narrative so far. It could be a different story after E3 2013.) The meme is edgy and snarky, reminiscent of Sony’s best marketing (ENOS Lives, Kevin Butler, etc.). It’s also fantastic ammunition … continued

Today’s Poll: PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One Reveal

Posted on May 21st, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. 4 comments

Round one is over! Sony kicked things off way back in February with its PlayStation 4 reveal. Like an old-school videogame featuring turn-based combat, Microsoft countered months later with its Xbox One press conference. Which company had the more impressive show? Kindly vote in today’s poll and sound off in the comments section!

Which console reveal was more impressive?

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Xbox One Press Conference Summary and Analysis

Posted on May 21st, by raymond padilla in Console Wars, Xbox One. 11 comments

Sony fired first with its PlayStation 4 salvo and today Microsoft fired back with an Xbox One counterattack. Due to professional conflicts, I am not permitted to write about the performance of executives at the press conference. I’ll leave that to you. Thankfully, I am allowed to respond to any judgements you make about how Microsoft’s executive team did at the Xbox One reveal. For now, let’s do that thing where I make a bullet point and follow it up with rambling thoughts.

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