Ten Video Games to Watch This Holiday Season: E3

Video games to watchgame publishers and developers have spent the better part of this week at E3 trying to wow the often-jaded gamer with new installments of favorite franchises, games they’ve never heard of before and plenty of sizzle reels.

They’ve done a pretty good job, too, judging by feedback on gaming forums.

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Microsoft boss defends Xbox One price

Sony don-mattrick-xbox-one-pricing-top630was E3’s big winner in large part because of the company’s decision to price the PlayStation 4 at $399, a full $100 cheaper than Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One.

But the man in charge of Xbox maintains Microsoft is offering an incredible deal.

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Winners and Losers From E3

While ps4 controllerthe video game industry was optimistic going into E3, the investment community was a bit more skeptical.

Certainly, the introduction of new consoles would give shares of the sector a boost, but would it be enough to bring back the glory days? Analysts were uncertain. But as E3 draws to a close, some of those industry observers have become more optimistic about the next 12 months and beyond.

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Nintendo CEO: ‘We Are to Blame’ for Poor Wii U Sales

While wii uthe Wii U hasn’t lived up to sales expectations and some important video game publishers have severely pulled back their support of the company, Nintendo’s global CEO isn’t looking to shift blame.

Unlike many executives who might obfuscate the issue with corporate doublespeak or finger-pointing, Satoru Iwata is blunt in his assessment of the company’s recent troubles.

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E3: Scenes From the Video Game Circus

The scenes from e3video-game industry’s annual E3 trade show is much like a carnival. And to get a true sense of the barely controlled chaos, you need to look past the game booths and crowded show floor.

This year, Nintendo offered people who were unable to attend the show (which is the vast majority of the gaming population) the opportunity to play demos of the unreleased games at more than 100 Best Buy locations around the country. That gave fans a bite of the smorgasbord.

E3 is a constantly moving, nearly organic being. Capturing all of the show’s eccentricities is impossible, but here are a few snapshots of the industry’s annual party-trade show.

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Ouya tries to crash E3, feuds with ESA

The ouya_630main event at this year’s E3 may be the slugfest between Sony and Microsoft, but the undercard is pretty interesting, too.

Ouya, the forthcoming Android-based console that raised millions on Kickstarter, has gotten into a feud with the Entertainment Software Association, the host of the show – one that has been steadily escalating and may or may not have included a call to the Los Angeles police department.

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5 gaming oddities from E3

There cyberbike_630are a lot of really, really great games, hardware and accessories on display at E3 this year.

Then there’s this stuff.

Technology wasn’t exactly polite at this year’s show — both Sony and Microsoft had notable problems at their respective press conferences — but it sure got weird. Poke around the strange little corners of E3 and you’ll find all sorts of bizarre bits, such as these five:

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Sony Gets a Corporate Reboot at E3 Gaming Show

The e3-ps4PlayStation 4 represents more than just the next generation of gaming for Sony. It could be the flag bearer for the next generation of the 67-year-old company itself.

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai (who formerly ran the PlayStation division) has made it clear that he sees the console as one of the tentpole units that will lead the company back to prosperity. And early indications are that it plans to do that by changing the closed gate philosophy Sony has clung to for so long.

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Wargaming: The Biggest Game Publisher You’ve Never Heard Of

Ask world of tanksa gamer—or an investor—in the U.S. to name the largest video game publishers and you’ll probably get a list of the usual suspects.

Certainly, companies such as Activision, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive Software and Ubisoft are worthy of mention, but odds are the name Wargaming.net isn’t on anyone’s list.

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‘Call of Duty’ May Be Facing Its Biggest Battle

In COD ghoststhe videogame world, there is no bigger behemoth than “Call of Duty.”

For the past four years, the franchise has dominated the sales charts, outselling every other game. Last year’s “Black Ops II” grossed over $500 million in just 24 hours, topping $1 billion within 15 days—and is on track to be the best-selling entry in the 10-year-old franchise’s history.

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