With the 2006 Game Developers Conference (GDC) well underway, a couple of noteworthy nuggets of info--some revealed at the conference, others bubbling below the surface--made their way through the countless hour-and-a-half business conferences and industry panels. Here's the most notable stuff from the hallowed halls of the San Jose Convention Center:
Microsoft is promising to kick up Xbox 360 production quite a bit, with plans to as much as triple the quantity of consoles currently available to retailers. Two or three times zero is still zero, folks. On the software end, Microsoft is guaranteeing 80 games for the system by June. Between Live arcade and boxed titles, they're currently at a tad over 40. If I see 20 more Robotron knockoffs in the next two months, I swear I'll scream.
Rumors are swirling that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata will use his Thursday keynote to reveal a whole mess of information regarding the Revolution... if that's even its real name! Yes, a name change may just be in order for the console, as well as a June 2006 release date. While many may bemoan the possible shedding of the Revolution code name, answer me this: how can you possibly follow up a console called the Revolution?! What would they call the next system--the Nintendo Renaissance?
Source: CVG, as seen on Kotaku
Nokia, fresh off the tepid N-Gage, reaffirmed its commitment to the mobile gaming market via its smart phones. You know who else never quit? Wile E. Coyote.
Source: Next Generation