Reporters' Roundtable: E3 preview and the future of games (podcast)

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is coming up next week, and CNET News is sending Josh Lowensohn and Daniel Terdiman to the show to report on it. We've got them both in the house today to tell us what to expect.

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is coming up next week, and CNET News is sending Josh Lowensohn and Daniel Terdiman to the show to report on it. We've got them both in the house today to tell us what to expect. We're going to cover the future of platforms, why Farmville is such a success, why PC games lag consoles, what happens when you give a Rock Band guitar to a real musician, and more.

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Show notes and talking points

What do we expect at E3 - big launches?

  • Rock Band 3 - transition to teach music
  • Mortal Kombat Returns
  • Halo Reach
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Civilization 5
  • Gears of War 3
  • Fable 3

Tech block:

  • Motion control (Natal)
  • 3D
  • Expense of producing a game
  • iPad/phone as platform?
  • Is the PC dead?

Big genres

  • Survival horror genre
  • Shooter
  • Virtual worlds
  • Simulator
  • Rebirth of platformers
  • Casual games
  • The crack of games - Farmville

Next time:
Can Apple be stopped? With special guest Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs.

For updates: Watch me on Twitter (@Rafe).

E-mail comments to roundtable@cnet.com, and get all the show notes as well as replays and downloads of the podcast on the blog.

 

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