A belated but always beloved E3 shindig for the GameCritics.com podcast team takes in the meandering of Microsoft, the smackdowns of Sony, and the no-shows of Nintendo in a thorough examination of the platform holders' performance at this year's conference. Strap yourselves in for a marathon effort from Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, and Brad “The Bone” Gallaway.

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I thought nintendo did great this E3 and will be the top software and hardware seller globally like they have the last decade straight

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Hey Crofto, >>If you’ve watched gameplay previews or even played it, then – by all means – highlight it as the same old BS. What comes across particularly in the podcast is even a lack of input based on preview material. I understand seeing ‘Mario’ in a title typically ensures an opinion is formed without any attention being paid, but as gaming journalists it is perhaps more beneficial to have someone properly research and form a valid opinion on Nintendo’s upcoming library. I hear ya, but the bottom line is that time is limited and we’re all volunteers. When someone… Read more »

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@Brad I totally appreciate what you’re saying. Even as a fan of Nintendo’s traditional triple-A first-party output (from Super Mario Bros. to Mario Galaxy 2) I cannot challenge the valid argument that states that their library is predictable. Even so, it is still worth researching titles like, say, Donkey Kong Country Returns 2 if only to have some input other than ‘eeeeeergh’. If you’ve watched gameplay previews or even played it, then – by all means – highlight it as the same old BS. What comes across particularly in the podcast is even a lack of input based on preview… Read more »

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I’m happy that I’m not the only one who thinks X on the WiiU looks lovely so far. Now just two or three more such interesting games and I might actually grab a cheap WiiU someplace. Regarding Xoxox and PS4 I noticed something else, apparently MS doesn’t care about anyone other than the US. While I get the feeling that the PS4 is a global console for a global audience, a lot of the extra functionality the Xboxonox comes with an asterisk which indicates it’s only available in the US. The 360 was already struggling against the PS3 in Europe,… Read more »

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Mike Bracken

[quote=Crofto]I know it’s not really possible to take an interest in something you don’t particularly care for without being blatantly obvious about it (like Mike pretending to have any interest in Zelda – I’d rather he just admits he doesn’t give a crap). [/quote] I would, if that were the truth. I mean, when have I ever had a problem coming out and saying something is shit? :p The reality of the matter is that I have a soft spot for the original Zelda and A Link to the Past — and I liked Wind Waker until the stupid sailing… Read more »

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Brad Gallaway

Hey Crofto, >>In any case, I think it is much easier to notice the disinterest for anything Nintendo-related than any massive Microsoft bashing. I know it’s not really possible to take an interest in something you don’t particularly care for without being blatantly obvious about it (like Mike pretending to have any interest in Zelda – I’d rather he just admits he doesn’t give a crap). Even so, it is a bit embarrassing for a gaming ‘site to not have any real opinion or analysis on a major gaming giant (which Nintendo still are). There’s no real solution to it… Read more »

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[quote=Anonymous]Wow! This podcast was a real MS hate train. It felt like reading r/gaming in reddit! Not that xbox did major error. What actually surprised me is that there was no mention that PS4 had fewer good game when compared the Xbox One. [/quote] On the contrary, I feel most of the guys were particularly soft on Microsoft. I’m surprised a few of the guys even said they’d still be getting an Xbox One, despite fully acknowledging that Microsoft can/does have a sinister DRM-laced agenda. I’m fairly certain that more European-centric gaming podcasts would have been much, much tougher on… Read more »

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Denial of consumer rights is a crime. It cannot be simpler to understand. Microfu#ks plan was to commit millions of crimes against xbone users. The astonishing but not surprising reaction from most gamers was, ‘ I don’t know or care because digital is the future man ‘. It boggles the mind. Microsoft has shown criminal planning and contempt for its xbone users and they would have gotten away with it too if Sony had only played tag team. Governments should have been all over this issue but we all should know who governments work for. On the games side of… Read more »

Mike Bracken
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Mike Bracken

First off, that argument about the games is totally subjective. Titanfall did nothing for me, and Ryse looks more like a series of QTEs than an actual game. They even appear to have fucked up Dead Rising at this point — so I’m not sure where all these magically awesome games the Xbox One had were. Even still, if we were to say that the Xbox One had better games — again, a totally subjective evaluation — who gives a shit if I have to put up with their DRM and all the other crap they were pushing? Nothing they… Read more »

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Wow! This podcast was a real MS hate train. It felt like reading r/gaming in reddit! Not that xbox did major error. What actually surprised me is that there was no mention that PS4 had fewer good game when compared the Xbox One.