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TOKYO GAME SHOW 2006

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I’d like to go on a little more with PS3 here. A few days before I along with my crew went to see TGS2006, the price for PS3’s initial release has been lowered. Before the real, playable PS3 was displayed publicly so that people can actually touch and play on it, the odds were against it. Many media warned that if the status then had continued the defeat of PS3 against the united alliance of Wii and Nintendo DS would have been more than obvious.
But then, by breaking the price for the lowest model to below 50,000 yen and showing it to the public at the show, it succeeded in grasping the hearts of the game fans and turning them into prospective customers by making them think, “I think I’ll buy it if its a good machine.”

 

So did PS3 recover from the doldrums and it was reflected at the show, but barely. In a way SONY was forced into giving up part of the profits to be gained by the machine, and this meant they have to cover up that minus by raising more profits with their softs. Therefore, TGS2006 was a stage more than significant for them to appeal to their potential customers by concentrating on details, and I would conclude that they succeeded in doing so.

 

Still, I wouldn’t describe the situation to be favorable to SONY: they have caught up with Nintendo or are a little behind and by no means ahead with advantage. Moreover, it’s not only Nintendo that they need to fight: Microsoft was providing chances to play their new games like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey which are RPGs produced by Sakaguchi Hironobu, the originator of the huge hit Final Fantasy Series. Believe it or not, the people lined up for more than 3 hours to try playing Blue Dragon at TGS2006.

As I wrote in the earlier part (vol1) of this report, I could be right to guess that EA could have been smart not to have their own booth this year to see how the others are like. The gaming industry is becoming all the more sophisticated and hard to survive. Almost a month as passed since Tokyo Game Show 2006 and we have less than a month to see real PS3s decorate the storefronts, but the situation hasn’t changed at all. Personally, I want game makers to make more and more fun games that can be played on the same machine. The less expense the better for the users, right?

 
 

As I wrote in the earlier part (vol1) of this report, I could be right to guess that EA could have been smart not to have their own booth this year to see how the others are like.
The gaming industry is becoming all the more sophisticated and hard to survive. Almost a month as passed since Tokyo Game Show 2006 and we have less than a month to see real PS3s decorate the storefronts, but the situation hasn’t changed at all.
Personally, I want game makers to make more and more fun games that can be played on the same machine. The less expense the better for the users, right?

I hear rumors that Tokyo Game Show itself is going to merge with Tokyo International Film Festival and Tokyo International Anime Fair and become an enormous convention. How SONY, Nintendo and Microsoft are going to compete each other, how the results turn out, how the show itself is going to be – there are already many things for me to look forward to next year. The battle has already started!

Last but never the least, here are some of the flashy pretty girls adding beauty to the show. Perhaps many of you were expecting to see them rather than reading my personal conclusion, right?

Anyway, here they are. Enjoy!

 

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