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Wait, you knew that already, didn't you? Was it because I frequent news sites dedicated to gaming like those "Destructoid" and "Escapist Magazine" places? Or is it because everyone and their mother is a "gamer" nowadays?

Well, in any event, that is who I am. I play games, I read about games, I think about games. Not just these newfanged "electronic video" games, neither. Board games, card games, tabletop roleplaying games, the whole shebang. Even live-action roleplaying games, I helped to run one for a time, and not the semi-"cool" ones where you hit each other with foam swords and such. Yeah, how's that for nerd cred?

As for the newer, flashier stuff, I tend to hang around the PC mostly, although I do have (and frequently use) a 360, a DS (-iXL), and a Wii (which I use mostly for retro gaming and Cave Story...which is like new age retro gaming). I prefer high-action twitch fests (read: first/third person shooters), preferably with slow and ponderous tactical elements (read: cover system, ability to pause the game), as well as dialog-ridden number-crunchers (read: turned-based strategy games and RPGs where you build your own character, typically anything western). I also enjoy JRPGs (read: masochistic, confusing slog-fests) - perhaps more than I should. I rarely finish turn-based strategy games with roleplaying elements, as I spend all my time leveling up my characters until I grow sick of it and wander off. Oh, and I enjoy adventure games and platformers to a lesser extent (although I particularly enjoy 3D Mario).

I guess what I'm getting at is that I do not care for real time strategy games. Although I will play them from time to time.

All of that said, I find my tastes can wander about, although in broad strokes, I have a soft spot for military jibber-jabber, and I tend to enjoy the offbeat.

Now where was I going with this? Uh.....real life sports are games too and anyone who can rattle off players and statistics is a NERD. Yeah.

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12:17 AM on 06.17.2010

I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's the software that moves hardware, not the other way around. Sure, software has to be built on hardware and is limited by the hardware, but as a consumer I can care less about what is possible - I want to see what is done with it.

So when Microsoft reveals the lineup of games for Kinect I can't help but feel that they're missing the point. It's pretty clear that they're aiming for a more "casual" and less "hardcore" crowd than their current customers, but they really have to work on "wowing" their audience, elephants and ponchos aside.

Meanwhile Sony has, um...Sports Champions for the Move? A lot of their coverage was about non-Move stuff (although to be honest I can't remember much beyond "Portal 2 with Steamworks on PS3" and "premium paid online services"). Still, much like Microsoft, their lineup of games for the Move just doesn't inspire (and the more interesting ones don't require the Move, which makes it an even tougher sell).

Seriously, Children of Eden is doing a better job at selling Kinect than Microsoft. (And yes, it's on PS3 as well, but the trailer implies Kinect.)

What those guys need to do is take a page from Nintendo's playbook. In the same E3 Nintendo just announced the 3DS and already it's generating huge amounts of positive buzz, and while some part of that is due to the tech, most - if not nearly all of it - of it is due to their massive lineup of games. Donkey Kong, Paper Mario, Mario Kart, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Ocarina of Time! And that's not even all of it. They may not even be playable, but it gets the crowds excited, and it gets people talking.



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