Microsoft Interview

Microsoft bigwigs Shane Kim (the games guy), Todd Holmdahl (the product guy) and Richard Teversham (the marketing guy) take time out with Kikizo to talk in-depth about Xbox 360 strategy and plans for the future.

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Marriot VP6294d ago

"I don't think us NOT having a tilt is going to in any way affect us. You have to look at what Sony gave up to do this. They gave up rumble. If you go ask people what they'd rather have, rumble or tilt, they'll say rumble. There are a lot of unexplained things with that controller, in my mind."

"Whenever that title comes, I'm very confident that it's going to be the right time for us versus the competition."
(like I said Halo 3 will come out early to mid 2007)

"I'm very confident that we can win this generation. That is our goal, that is our aspiration. We're going to have ten million units in the hands of customers before the competition even ships one into the channel. I'm very confident we can compete and keep moving forward. We think we can be the market leader, worldwide - even if we don't win in Japan."

(Wii isn't competition) "They don't have the same kind of online vision that we do, with Live Anywhere, and they're not a HD gaming console either. So I don't think it would be fair to them, to say that they're head-to-head competitors with us."

mikeeno76294d ago

On Thursday, the latest Xbox 360 shipment worldwide figures are being released directly by Microsoft. So we shall all see whether they reach their 5 to 5.5 million units target . And by the way, to whatever loser who is using my name to promote their computer programming
knowledge, ( making me look like a complete geek), i have already made modifications to my account.

The Real Deal6294d ago

I really do think that by having X360 in the market, we've changed the dynamic, that... if we hadn't been here, you know, would PS3 be launching this year? Dunno. Would they have 2 SKUs? Would they have a hard drive, would they have a network? Whatever happens, we have shown innovation and leadership. And, you know... I'm not going to say it's complementary for them to copy us, because it's irrelevant. But, I think that, you know, we are showing the way in many places. We've only been on the market, from day one for maybe four, four-and-a-half years now, and already there's 24M Xboxes worldwide. It's not bad for a new startup.

The Real Deal6294d ago

Kikizo: How useful is XNA in crossover development between the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista?

Holmdahl: XNA is going to be product that allows us to help game developers develop games effectively and efficiently. It'll not only help developers move games from Windows platforms - from the Vista platform - to Xbox 360, it'll also allow them to move within the mobile space too. Certainly, it's a lot more than middleware. It's a framework that does a couple things for you. It's a framework that allows you to efficiently manage your assets, and be able to see where all the dependencies of your assets are, a framework that allows you to build product easily and not spend as much time on the build side of things. And then what it does, it allows you to take the code that you've written and essentially, with very very few modifications, be able to move that code from one platform to another.

The Real Deal6294d ago

I believe, what we're going to do is help make it so the game developer can spend more time on creating content rather than doing all the plumbing. And by doing that, whether it be mobile, PC or Xbox, it's a good thing. That's going to allow them to develop with less money, it'll allow them to develop higher-quality games, it'll allow the games to get out on the marketplace quicker.

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Striker Is The Worst Mortal Kombat Character Of All Time

In the annals of Mortal Kombat history, Stryker stands out not for his prominence but for his successive series of blunders and near-misses.

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CrimsonWing6923h ago(Edited 23h ago)

Most of the MK4 cast is far worse than Stryker.

ZwVw23h ago

Not even close. That award goes to Hsu Hao.

BlaqMagiq119h ago

Uh... did you forget Mokap exists?

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The 7 Best Video Game Trailers of All Time

There's been a lot of great video game trailers over the years, but here's Chit Hot's picks for the seven best produced so far.

-Foxtrot3d ago

I never even knew this existed, I love him, he was fantastic

Just a shame that he passed away, I always wanted to see if they did one more Bottom live when they were older to send the characters off if he was still alive. I'd have loved to go and see it.

CantThinkOfAUsername2d ago

@LordoftheCritics that's my kind of list! I'd only add Halo Wars 2 and For Honor.

Rocketisleague2d ago

Versus Xiii original trailer, I was literally a kid back then. Shame it was quite disappointing on release

-Foxtrot3d ago

Assassins Creed Brotherhood and Revelation had some great cinematic trailers, the latter using Woodkids Iron. Even Assassin Creed Unity had a trailer when they used another Woodkid song which was decent.

Tomb Raider Underworld had a really good reveal trailer showing Croft Manor in ruins but showed it in reverse.

The Last of Us Part II reveal with Ellie singing Through the Valley and also the TV Sport where she sang a cover of True Faith.

The Witcher 3s A Night to Remember trailer which they basically turned into the games Epilogue set after the Blood and Wine expansion. He told Orianna he'd come back for her and he did.

Halo 3 Starry Night. Short but effective.

The Callisto Protocol launch trailer. The game might not be amazing but the launch trailer was well done and the theme song to the game "Lost Again" by Kings Elliot was beautiful

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, great trailer and really gave off that mystery, conspiracy vibe

Uncharted 4 Man Behind the Treasure

Deathloop Launch trailer with Pitch Black and the official gameplay trailer with Déjà Vu, two great songs made for the game.

isarai2d ago

Never even played the game but AC Revelations CGI trailer I saved in my PS3 and would rewatch on a regular basis, and used it as a reference for calibrating TVs when I bought them

eagle212d ago

Grand Theft Auto Vice City back in the day, The Uncharted series trailers have been awesome (always get me hyped), Grand Theft Auto 5, Breath Of The Wild reveal trailer, Team ICO trailers have heart and Ghost Of Tsushima reveal made my jaw name only a small few.

TheEnigma3132d ago

Gears 1 and gears 3 are the top for me. I would throw dante's inferno in there for the song

Hofstaderman2d ago

Mass Effect 3 trailer featuring the battle. Enough said. That and Assassins Creed 3 cinematic trailer was great too.