A few days before E3, I posted a feature in which I visited a real-life psychic named Madame Christine of the Ether here in Los Angeles and asked her to make some real life psychic predictions about what would happen during last week’s huge industry gaming event. The psychic didn’t just give me a list of predictions -- she also gave me a full breakdown of what would happen to the big three companies (Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony) during E3 and into the rest of 2009.
(If you haven’t seen the predictions post, you can click here to read it in its entirety.)
First up is the Tarot Card reading results.
Madame Christine did three, full Tarot Card readings for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony concerning what each company’s E3 presence would be like and what would happen to them for the rest of 2009.
Here is a breakdown of how accurate she was:
Of the ten card readings for Nintendo, these were some of the predictions I found most interesting:
Although I am baffled by this reaction, a lot of people seemed disappointed in what Nintendo offered at its press conference. Even though two new Mario games, a new Metroid, a DS Golden Sun, and many other great games were announced, a majority of E3 attendees wanted more.
Okay, this one is dead on. Nintendo announced a ton of sequels and remakes at E3, with only a couple new IPs making their way onto the show floor.
I am not buying this one yet. The fiscal year is obviously just started, but given the turnout at the Nintendo booth (in particular things like Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort), I can’t see Nintendo having a bad year financially.
Again, with all the sequels and remakes, this prediction is shockingly accurate.
All in all, I give Madame Christine’s Nintendo Tarot Card reading a B.
Now let’s move on to Microsoft.
These are the cards I found most fascinating for the Microsoft reading:
With safe announcements like Crackdown 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, this prediction is pretty accurate in regards to Microsoft’s E3 as a whole.
Both of these card readings are fairly similar. And even though they kind of contradict the first prediction, Microsoft did announce a handful of original, unique games, like Shadow Complex. Again, this prediction is pretty good.
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Of all the predictions, this one blew me away the most. When I first heard Madame Christine say Microsoft would announce something “revolutionary” at E3 I couldn’t believe it -- of all things, Microsoft is not known for anything truly groundbreaking. But after the announcement of Project Natal (Microsoft’s truly revolutionary motion sensing technology), all of this changed. Project Natal was the talk of E3! Seriously, this prediction gives me chills. Call me a believer!
Again, this prediction is spot on. Microsoft not only lived up to expectations, they easily surpassed them in most people’s eyes.
All in all, I give Madame Christine’s Microsoft Tarot Card reading an A+.
And, finally, how did Sony’s predictions turn out?
Looking back at Sony’s Tarot Card reading, these are the predictions I found the most intriguing:
No price drop for the PlayStation 3 and a $249 price tag for the newly announced PSP Go? Oh yeah, money is definitely the first thing on Sony’s mind.
Er, this prediction is a borderline bust. There is no denying that Sony had some great stuff to show at E3 (God of War III, PSP Go, new impressive motion technology), but I don’t think anyone would argue everyone at E3 was dancing to Sony’s tune. This prediction is a stretch.
With God of War III officially pushed to early 2010 and an expensive price point for its hopefully-holiday-season-bound PSP Go!, I don’t see this happening. At all.
This prediction is right and wrong. I think the industry is really excited about Sony and what it showed at E3, but will that translate into huge financial success? That is unknown that this time.
All in all, I give Madame Christine’s Microsoft Tarot Card reading a C.
And now let’s get to the predictions I am the most excited about: the pendulum divination yes or no questions.
After Madame Christine did the Tarot Card readings, I asked her a ton of yes/no questions provided by the Destructoid community about things that may or may not happen at E3. Using a mystical pendulum, Madame Christine of the Ether channeled the sprits and gave me answers to all of the numerous questions.
Here are the results (so exciting!):
This was not accurate.
This was not accurate.
This was not accurate … but … I heard some strange rumors on the show floor that this may be true … it just wasn’t announced at E3. Creepy!
Both of these were not accurate. Well, I guess the second one was.
Nope. Sorry, Madame Christine.
Correct! Although, that makes me sad.
Again, this was not accurate, but I wouldn’t count this out … yet.
This was not accurate.
I think we all knew this one was not going to come true.
Well, an exact release date wasn’t mentioned, but early 2010 was confirmed. I say correct!
Correct! And some art from the game was released as well!
Correct! And that game is Final Fantasy XIV!
Okay, these are impressive. When Madame Christine said that only one Kingdom Hearts game would be focused on I found that very odd. Turns out, this was 100% true. Only Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days was shown at E3 and it did get a release date: September 29, 2009 in the US!
This was wrong (they didn’t announce a price drop), but I like how Madame Christine said “a very weak yes.” Too funny.
Correct! There were almost too many to count (Final Fantasy XIV, Left 4 Dead 2, etc.)!
This was not accurate … although maybe she was sensing Project Natal?
Both of these are correct.
Correct! And the trailer was unbelievably beautiful.
You’re on a roll, Madame Christine!
Again, this may relate to the Strider rumor I heard. Incorrect, but it could be true soon.
Correct! Thankfully, the actual swine flu did not make an appearance either.
Correct! And with five new fighters!
Sadly, this was not accurate. Sorry, Mother fans.
Actually, I am not sure if this is correct or not. I didn’t see a Big Sister, but there could have been one. I am calling this one a “maybe.”
Correct! But if there is one, Topher Cantler must have it!
This was not accurate.
This was not accurate. Where the hell is new info on this game, Square Enix?!
Sorry, Madame Christine. This one was not accurate.
This one was not really accurate, although Sin & Punishment 2 (a Treasure game) was playable for the first time. I am still going to say “no,” though. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, Madame Christine.
Correct! Only a (very impressive) demo was shown.
Damn, nice job, Madame Christine! Again, this is the prediction that impressed me the most.
Correct. It wasn’t playable, but it looked fantastic.
I guess this is correct. There wasn’t a huge presence at E3, but the iPhone was featured in some parts of the show floor.
All three of these were not accurate.
Correct! And, man, it was fantastic.
Correct! I think we can all agree that Metroid: Other M was one of the most surprising (and most awesome) announcements at E3.
This was not accurate.
Adding all the pendulum divination results together, Madame Christine predicted 40 out of 59 accurately. That’s 68% correct!
Although she got some wrong, I have to admit that Madame Christine and her magic pendulum were pretty accurate with most of these predictions. Now, one could say that a true psychic should get everything right and that anyone could guess yes or no on all of these and get a majority of them correct. I can’t really argue with that point, but I will say this: Madame Christine has trouble with some predictions when I sat down with her. And most of those were the ones that turned out inaccurate. A lot of them (the Project Natal stuff and surprise Metroid game announcement) she answered right away -- it was like the pendulum gave her stronger, more confident predictions for those. And they turned out to be true!
Maybe I am just given Madame Christine the benefit of the doubt? Maybe I was such a disbeliever before all of this that I am clouded by some of the genuinely accurate predictions? Regardless if anything of this psychic stuff is real or no, you have to admit that if we compared Madame Christine’s predictions to the research of a professional analyst, I bet you the results would not be that different. Heck, Madame Christine may have them beat!
Based on her overall results, I am giving Madame Christine’s psychic predictions of E3 2009 a solid B.
What do you all think of these predictions? Did they impress you, or were you expecting more? Which accurate prediction blew you away the most? Do you think someone that knows about the videogame industry could have made better predictions? Sound off in the comments!
Who knows what fate has in store, but I have a feeling Madame Christine may be back to help us out with some psychic predictions for E3 2010.
It's written in the stars.
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