So, Which E3 Announcements Generated The Most Buzz?
E3 is all about the buzz. What was best, what was worst, that kind of thing. But what news generated the most buzz?
Market research firm Buzzstudy mechanically scanned millions of blog stories, news site items, twitter feeds and forum posts (hey, not like they'd do it by hand) to find out. Their results? That's them in the colourful graph above, with the only real problem we see being the fact that trawling software can't distinguish between the two Mario games, so just lumped them together.
Oh, and bear this in mind: buzz is buzz. It doesn't differentiate between "good" and "bad", just how often something is discussed. After all, any publicity is good publicity, right?
Microsoft’s Project Natal versus Sony’s Motion Controller
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is wrapping up in Los Angeles. At their respective keynotes, both Microsoft and Sony made major announcements in a similar vain. Microsoft presented their Project Natal, a camera-based device which can track full body motion without needing a controller. Shortly after, Sony demonstrated a prototype high-precision motion tracking controller for the Playstation 3. Both exciting and impressive in different ways.
We decided to see the web’s reaction to these announcements, and threw the Wii Motion Plus accessory in for comparison. MotionPlus is an add-on coming for the Nintendo Wii controllers which improves their motion tracking accuracy and capabilities.
Project Natal had the most positive response. Additionally, in regards to overall conversation volume, it had around three times what Sony’s motion controller generated. Interestingly, after these announcements, we saw a notable increase in negative chatter around the Wii Motion Plus, with negativity increasing around 8%. This is attributed to users seeing these new developments as superior to Nintendo’s long-time-coming accessory.
Interesting, yes. Accurate? I'm not so sure. I mean, Beatles Rock Band well above the likes of Modern Warfare 2, Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2 and the rest? Gotta wonder where exactly they 'compiled' this data.