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It’s Over. The Next Generation Victor of Gaming is Already Cast.

wait a minute:

“Daiwa’s Maeda says that Microsoft isn’t out of the race yet; the company had released its console half a year before its competitors, which gives it an upper hand in mass production and cost cutting.”

the 360’s not out of the race yet?  “had released?”  “half a year?”  dude.  the last time i checked, it was the only one IN the race with no official launch dates from anyone else.
*sigh* anaylists rule.



Measuring Next Generation Console News Coverage

a couple of measurements according to google news.

mentioning the xbox 360

  • 6 weeks before launch: 3,270
  • 2 months after launch: 6,530

mentioning the playstation 3

  • “8 weeks” before launch: 1,930
  • 2 months after launch: ?

mentioning the nintendo revolution

  • “8 weeks” before launch: 329
  • 2 months after launch: ?

now, what happens when we count “xbox 360” and not “playstation 3” and vice versa?

xbox 360 and not the playstation 3

  • 6 weeks before launch: 2,360
  • 2 months after launch: 5,249

playstation 3 and not the xbox 360

  • “8 weeks” before launch: 629
  • 2 months after launch: ?

not that these are scientifically derived. and, there are a lot of mitigating factors: the 360 being first naturally draws comparisons from the ps3, for example, and thus causes a smaller number of hits when excluded from ps3 searches.

still. fascinating stuff to an analytical geek like myself. of course, i’ll update the searches to more accurately match up with the playstation and nintendo launches. but, in the meantime, it looks like microsoft is absolutely owning the pr battle between the consoles.

i only wish i had recorded the actual top 10 headlines for the xbox 360 before launch. ah well. i grabbed them 2 months afterwards, so that will have to do.


“Xbox 360 is Not a Revolution”

i’m not sure if i’ve really made this clear yet, but this is a blog about game development. not about bashing the ps3. or japan. they (and their fans) just happen to be doing dumb things.

so, in that vein, i want to make sure and call attention to the nintendo guys over at ign. they’ve written up a much, much better piece on reasons to wait for the nintendo revolution. unlike the garbage that was the ps3 article, they actually make some valid points.

imagine that! leaning on games and other branded innovations (a.k.a. differentiators) from nintendo for their reasoning instead of turning random features (7 controllers, multiple tvs, etc.) into “must have” bullet points.

sorry for cribbing your title guys. couldn’t help it. was such a great headline.

Xbox 360 is Not a Revolution