Sadly this is reminded me of the past two years again. The conference started off really well with various previews of games I'm looking forward to (Halo 4, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Gears of War), but then they started talking about apps and other stuff like that and the lost me. I watch E3 for the games, not whatever new apps are coming to a system (I'll be fair here and say that I'd feel the same way about Nintendo too, which is why I'm very glad Nintendo used yesterday to talk about Miiverse and not tomorrow). Stuff like ESPN, Xbox Music, and Kinect Trainer hold no interest to me.
That stuff MS is doing with tablets and smartphones makes me wonder if maybe they decided to take a page from Wii U, but it's not of any interest to me because I do not own a smartphone or tablet. I'd rather just get Wii U, so this way I get everything in one package and don't have to purchase some other $200 device separately.
At least near the end they got back to games. The new Tomb Raider is looking really good (I'm liking the environmental interactions), Ascend: New Gods would probably interest me if I could afford Gold (sadly this is still the biggest issue I have with MS, I really don't want to pay $50 a year just to play games online), LocoCycle is a game I really need to see footage for before I can gain interest, and Matter looks interesting, but sadly it's a Kinect game.
Resident Evil 6 is looking awesome though. The improved controls are very welcome, the QTEs look like they've even got some changes to them, and overall I can't wait for that!
Wreckter looks okay, but again it's a Kinect game so it's a no go for now. South Park: Stick of Truth does look awesome, and it's cool they got Matt and Trey to come on stage to talk about it. The new Dance Central will appeal to those who already like it, but at this point I'm going to be a broken record and say that the fact it's a Kinect game makes it an instant no go for me (interesting Usher actually appeared, but it would have been much better if they showed him dancing with the game live instead of with obvious pre-recorded footage of the game, otherwise it was just a free mini concert that didn't have much of a point here).
At least they ended things with an awesome Black Ops II demo. Was actually waiting the whole show for them to have that.
Overall I'll say this: it was "better" than last year, it certainly had far less amount of embarrassing moments, but for the most part it had stuff that was either just "no interest" and a very "meh" middle section.
I'm also checking out the Spike after show stuff, and no Geoff I doubt Smart Glass will be much of a problem for Wii U.
Can I play Metroid, Mario, or Pikmin on Xbox? No. Will I need to buy a $200 iPad to go with my Wii U? No.