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Microsoft news has been a dime a dozen this week regarding the latest rumors that Microsoft is going to release a motion-control peripheral for the Xbox 360. What is Microsoft going to have to do this year to win the show? Well here’s what I think…


Alright, Microsoft, listen closely. Please, listen closely. If I wanted motion control I would own a Nintendo Wii and enjoy mostly shovelware Diner Dash clones. I know what you’re trying to do, okay? You want to cash in on the market that Nintendo has so heavily gaurded. I’m glad for you, really, I am. There’s one problem though: I don’t want to control a shooter via my hands, or an IR sensor. If you want to make shoddy motion-control mini-game fests, that’s fine. Just don’t mess with my Halo’s or Call of Duty’s. Alright, ’nuff said.

Obviously the Halo brand sells, but Halo ODST is going to have to be something spectacular. Rumor has it that a lot of the truely serious adult gamers are pretty tired of Halo and the immature children on multiplayer. Just letting you know that most of us aren’t buying it for the new maps. So, what is this new iteration of Halo about? Is it a linear first-person shooter, or something more akin to Far Cry 2? I’m sure Bungie is close to having the game completed, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t change. The Superintendent looks awesome, so don’t ruin it, okay?

If you’re looking at extending the life of your console a bit further, make sure to have some awesome surprises to announce. Last year we had the New Xbox Experience to swoon over, but what’s new for 2009? Obviously you’re going to tout motion control, but hopefully that doesn’t go over as badly as You’re In The Movies. We don’t want to see executives embarrassing themselves. Well, we do…but in the end we’ll dislike it a lot.

What about Blu-Ray? It’ll keep me from buying a PS3. What about Modern Combat 2? Make sure and headline it. Go ahead and throw in some Fallout Vegas while you’re at it too. Microsoft, to win E3 you need to have a great line-up of awesome new games along with some new content to extend the life of your console. It can’t be that hard, can it? In fact, you’re poised to win again. Again…a few surprises, solid exclusives, show off the multi-platforms that rock…and make sure that you put the demo’s on Xbox LIVE for those of us working this E3 from home!

Alright, my rant is over. What do you all want to see from Microsoft?

  1. I want to see nothing. Microsoft are set to lose E3 unless they pull something spectacular from their asses that isn’t HALO, Gears or Fable.

  2. I have to admit I am beginning to agree. I’m starting to think seriously about a PS3.

  3. I can’t wait for E3, I’m hoping for some innovation and no more bloody wartime first-person shooters, please!!

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