Another year, another chaotic corporate p*ssing match known as E3. Where developers, publishers and manufacturers all decide to climb into the same building in LA and scream at the top of their voices that their product is the best. All the while the media scramble, like bums fighting over a dropped sausage roll, to update their blogs first with every bit of new information. It's a ridiculous cacophony of blood, sweat and tears... mostly sweat.
One other thing you can rely on being around at E3 is the legions of fans on the internet arguing over who 'won'. Well, last year I brought N4G a way of impartially measuring the performance of the big 3 manufacturers in order to get a fair answer to that moronic question. As it was somewhat of a success I have decided to bring it back again this year, lucky you.
So go take a look at the original draw-up of 'rules' for this 'experiment' here...
...and then take a look at the results from last year here...
Now I'll post the 'rules' here, which I'd like feedback on to improve please:
**** AAA is intended to mean big budget, non-motion controlled, disc-based game and not a reflection of the game’s final quality. For the purposes of eliminating opinion completely ‘casual’ will mean any game aimed at children or 100% motion controlled (I know that may not be completely accurate regarding some games but the line had to drawn somewhere, for science) ****
10 points for:
1. Announcing NEW hardware or revealing in reality i.e. not just a trailer/picture or specs (consoles, hand-helds, tablets and phones only)
5 points for:
1. Announcing a new, exclusive, core, AAA game
2. Announcing a new, exclusive, AAA IP (stacks with number 1)
3. Showing actual gameplay of any AAA game (not in a trailer)
4. Announcing the purchase of any game development studio
5. Announcing a console price drop
3 points for:
1. Announcing a new casual game
2. Showing a new trailer with actual gameplay in it. (game 'reels' do not count)
3. Obtaining 3rd party exclusive content (not timed)
4. Announcing new hardware but not showing it in reality (consoles, hand-helds, tablets and phones only)
5. Showing previously announced but unreleased hardware in reality.
6. Console re-design/new model
1 point for:
1. Timed exclusivity deals
2. Each new feature of an existing OS
3. New trailers without gameplay
4. New peripherals for existing hardware
-1 point for
1. Every E3 gaffe (see bottom of avatars shoe, giant enemy crab and interference)
2. Trotting out any mainstream celebrity
3. Talking about sales figures
A bonus 10 points will be awarded to the company that announces exclusivity of a Metal Gear, GTA or Final Fantasy game (not timed) and 5 points to MS if they get FFv13 on their system. However HD remakes of old titles will not be granted the bonus.
In the unlikely event that brand new hardware is revealed companies will receive, in addition to the initial 10 points:
+1 for release date before the end of the year
+1 for announcing price
+2 if price is below $350
-2 if price is above $500
+2 for launch window line-up of over 10 games
-2 for launch window line-up of under 5 games
+1 for backwards compatibility
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Remember these are (mostly) last years rules, which I have copy/pasted and I would like to fine tune them for this year so all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Well that about covers it, good luck to your chosen brand, i hope you win and get that cash prize...
...wait there's no cash prize? OK well I hope you get that trophy...
...wait there's no trophy? Remind me again why people argue over this?