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AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/26 - 6/2

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -2  

Nintendo Wii

nintendo wii

 

Goodbye Wii, you will be missed
14  -2  

 Kindle Fire TV

 amazon fire tv

Not a single big game announcement since launch means, out of sight, out of mind.
13  +1  

Hyperkin Retron 5

retron5

You know you want one, even if you'll never play it.
12  -  

Oculus Rift


oculus-rift

This counts as a platform, right?
11  -2  

Ouya

ouya

Ouya will need a huge E3 presence to stop it's fall
10 -  

NVidia Shield

nvidiashield

So much potential.
9  +1  

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

The new remote play functions make Steam very attractive
8  +2  

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -2  

Nintendo 3DS

nintendo3ds

 Rumor is, Nintendo may be annoucing new hardware, but the 3DS is still it's bread and butter
6  -1  

PSVita


PlaystationVita

A pocket full of fun
5  11  

Nintendo Wii U


wii u

The only major console that won't be  playing Watch Dogs this week.
4  +4  

Xbox 360

Xbox-360

So far, anything next gen does, the 360 can do, too
3  -  

 PS3

ps3

 Still the place to play
2  -1  

Sony PS4

playstation-4

Watch Dogs looks great on the PS4, but it looks great on everything else, too.
1  +1  

Xbox One

xbox-one

You didn't really want a Kinect anyway, did you?
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AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/5 - 5/12

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -  

 Retron3

retron3

 It's not the mythical Retron5, but i'll do for now
14  -  

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

 The 2DS is a solid piece of tech that was made obsolete before it was even released. 
13  -  

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

 Once they hit stores, they'll be a force to reckon with. But right now, Valve's traditional lack of promotion isn't helping to hype up the line. 
12  -  

 Nvidia Shield

nvidiashield

 Nvidia had a strong showing at PAX East...for it's graphics cards.Meanwhile, the Shield continues to be seen as just a remote display for the PC
11  -  

 Neo Geo X

NeoGeo-X

 The legal battle going on between SNK and Tommo isn't helping a retro console that had an uphill battle to begin with.  
10  -  

 Kindle Fire TV

amazon fire tv

 Amazon enters the console wars with a bang. Voice Control, low price, big marketing blitz..but it forgot to bring the games
9  -  

 Ouya

ouya

 Another cool Emulator release buys the Ouya another week of lffe. But how long can it hold out against Amazon?
8  -  

 Atari 2600

Atari-2600

 Nostalgia is a powerful force. Especially when it's dug up in the Arizona desert and hits every news outlet known to man. 
7  -  

PSVita

PlaystationVita

 Sony refuses to give up on the Vita. And with a steady flow of titles this week, gamers aren't giving up on it either
6  -  

 3DS

nintendo3ds

 The workhorse that's keeping Nintendo afloat.
5  -  

 Xbox 360

Xbox-360

 While TiitanFall proved the Xbox 360 is still relavent, another lackluster Games With Gold announcement takes away any momentum the console had
4  -  

 Wii U

wii u

 Nintendo excited everyone with more Mario Kart 8 news. But it's still months away and there's little to play until then.
3  -  

 PS3

ps3

 No BluRay, no problem. The PSN Plus free AAA titles are keeping the PS3 in the mix.
2  -  

 PS4

playstation-4

 The PS4 is riding high off of strong sales and a solid lineup of titles. But the news of declining BluRay sales and big losses from parent comany Sony have shown a dent it the PS4 armor
1  -  

 Xbox One

xbox-one

 The Xbox One managed to hold off the PS4 strong sales numbers by announcing a full lineup of online shows. Being able to throw the name Steven Speilberg around doesn't hurt.
   -      

Minority Xbox One Report

minorityxboxonereport

 

Minority Report was released over 10 years ago and had an interesting view of the future. Was it also the template for some of the features tauted by Microsoft's XBox One? We found a few similarities between the next gen console and Steven Spielberg's 2002 film and put them together in a video.

AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/12 - 5/19

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -  

 Analogue NT

analoguent

 Boutique Consoles may one day be a real market, but a $500 NES may not be the best place to start
14  -7  

 Atari 2600

Atari-2600

 Nostalgia may be strong, but it usually doesnt last long
13  -2  

 Neo Geo X

NeoGeo-X

 How much longer can this retro wonder stay relevant?
12  +1  

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

 With E3 around the corner, people are are expecting some big reveals for Valve's wonder box
11  +1  

NVidia Shield

nvidiashield

 So much power in such a small package. If only Nvidia would let people know about it.  
10 +4  

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

 The stepchild of the Nintendo line up...although it's gaining on its Wii U big brother.
9  -  

 Ouya

ouya

Ever feel like you're working twice as hard and not moving forward. That must be how Ouya feels every week
8  -4  

 Nintendo Wii U

wii u

Weak (very weak) sales numbers have people wondering how long will Nintendo support their failed flagship
7  +3  

Kindle Fire TV

amazon fire tv

Strong(very strong) sales numbers are making the Fire TV look like the next big thing, at least according to Amazon
6  +1  

PSVita

PlaystationVita

 Sony saying AAA games aren't feasible on the Vita didn't help it. But the new pack of free PSN+ games did
5  +1  

Nintendo 3DS


nintendo3ds

 Nintendo dodged a bullet with Tomodachi-gate. 
4  -  

 Xbox 360

Xbox-360

Without strong releases, the 360 may be slowly losing steam
3  -  

 PS3

ps3

 Sheer numbers can't be ignored.
2  -1  

Xbox One

xbox-one

The Sunset Overdrive reveal looks great. Now they just need to release some games.
1  +1  

Sony PS4

playstation-4

Reversing gear on the Drive Club 'scandal' made Sony look like heroes...but dont forget that they tried it in the first place
   -      

An Open Letter To The People Who Run Xbox One's Upload Studio

 

 
On the night of the 24th I recorded a video of me racing my friend in Forza 5 on XBL using the Xbox One's Game DVR feature. It was a good race, so I decided to upload a clip and throw in a funny voice over. I recorded myself taunting my friend in a goofy Sacha Baron Cohen voice from "Talladega Nights" because my friend's name is Bobby. Get it? Ricky... Bobby? Anyway, in the video during the race I referred to his car as a piece of S and also told him to suck my Bs as I passed him. I uploaded the video, which he found hilarious. A few hours later when I went back to use Upload Studio (which is an incredible feature btw) I was greeted with a message saying I was banned due to "past profanity" and I should "go play something else."
 
Baffled that such a minor offense would cause this reaction I contacted XBL Live Chat, which was very helpful. I was told my ban would last 48-72 hours and I said okay. No problem. Lesson learned. Well I'm here, past the 72 hour mark and I'm still banned. No word on when it will lift. Nothing. Now I'm unable to fully enjoy the console that I just paid over $500 for.
 
I was also told I received an email explaining things. I never did. 2 separate reps checked on this email. I never got it. And no, it isn't in my spam folder.
 
Now, I have a few points to make concerning this issue. I understand that there's a terms of service and that it states all of the regulations for using any service or product. What must be understood on the part of those who run Upload Studio is that no one has ever read the terms of service on any product ever released, ever. Xbox Live has been incredibly profane for 10 years. You can't play a match of Call of Duty without having your race, sexuality, intelligence, everything sacred put under fire. So obviously I was a little surprised that me dropping a few S words in a French accent would cause ME to lose access to one of my favorite new features with no warning, and no hint of when I'd be able to use the service again.
 
Ironically, right after getting off of the chat with the Xbox Service rep, I logged into Killer Instinct, won a match, and for doing so had my opponent yell the F word, P word and C word at me through my Kinect for everyone in the room to hear.
 
The point I'm making is you're not cleaning up Xbox Live by monitoring Upload Studio. I understand the intent, and Microsoft's desire to keep things family friendly. I commend them for that. But let's be honest, someone who is playing Grand Theft Auto 5 or cutting arms off in Ryse isn't going to be affected by me saying the S word in a random parody video They've already heard and seen far worse.
 
Which also brings up another point. If I upload a clip from a profane video game where the characters in the game are cursing, will that get me suspended too? Is me saying the F word in a clip different from the guys in the car at the start of Battlefield 4 saying it? Are they selective F words? What If I repeat their filthy dialogue word for word and say it along with them? Someone explain this to me.
 
So in closing I would like to make a few suggestions...
 
1. Instead of just banning unsuspecting gamers, how about a warning first? If I had turned on Upload Studio and it had said "You broke the rules of conduct. Do not use profane language again or you will be suspended for a week" I would have followed that rule. I think most would have.
 
2. Make it clear when the ban will be lifted. I LOVE Upload Studio and no one seems to know exactly when it will be active for me again. Cleary it's not "48-72 hours".
 
3. And finally, how about giving us the option to ONLY upload to Skydrive? Right now you can't upload a video without it going out for everyone to see on XBL. If I could have only uploaded to my personal Skydrive, I could have sent the video directly to my friend or Youtube, and this entire issue would have been avoided.
 
Again, I commend MS for trying to clean things up a bit. I've been a loyal XBL user for 9 years. I just wanted to throw out my experience and offer a few suggestions.
 
Anyway, back to Dead Rising 3.

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AllGames Console Power Rankings 5/19 - 5/26

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
15  -4  

Neo Geo X

NeoGeo-X

As E3 gets closer and with the legal battles still unresolved, it seems like the little retro portable that could...can't
14  -  

 Hyperkin Retron 5

 retron5

Hyperkin's mythological retro powerhouse might actually be close to being released...maybe..possibly
13  -  

 Nintendo Wii

nintendo wii

A final gasp as Nintendo turns off multiplayer for it's most successful system
12  -5  

 Kindle Fire TV

amazon fire tv

It's starting to become apparent that Amazon isn't really interested in being a game company
11  -  

NVidia Shield

nvidiashield

 So much power in such a small package. If only Nvidia would let people know about it.  
10 +2  

Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

As the PC Master Race begins to reassert its dominance, Valve's box will be a big part in moving it from the den to the living room
9  -  

 Ouya

ouya

Ever feel like you're working twice as hard and not moving forward. That must be how Ouya feels every week
8  +2  

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -2  

Nintendo 3DS

nintendo3ds

 
6  -2  

Xbox 360


Xbox-360

If MS abandoned the Kinect, gamers are wondering how much longer the 360 has to live
5  +1  

PSVita

PlaystationVita


New bundles made the baby Playstation look like a true bargain
4  +4  

Nintendo Wii U

wii u

Mario Kart 8 has every one hyped. Now Nintendo needs to keep that momentum going.
3  -  

 PS3

ps3

 Sheer numbers can't be ignored.
2  -1  

Sony PS4

playstation-4

How will Sony respond to the Xbox price drop? Do they even need to?.
1  +1  

Xbox One

xbox-one

A $100 price drop made the Xbox One a lot more desireable. But without the Kinect, can it still stand out? 
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Every E3 2015 Press Briefing

e3 2015 press conference

You can watch every 2015 E3 Press Conference live, right here on AllGames without the risk of missing anything. On Allgames.com/live we have set up each press event friom this year's E3 for your convienence. While you're watching, you can hop into the AllGames chat room to talk about it with the always fun AG Community. Or start the live audio stream to hear expert commentary from your favorite AllGames Hosts.

 Here's the schedule for the week.

Oculus - June 11, 10 am PT

Bethesda — June 14, 7 pm PT -

Microsoft Xbox — June 15, 9:30 am PT -


Electronic Arts — June 15, 1-2 pm PT -

Ubisoft — June 15, 3 pm PT -

Sony — June 15, 6 pm PT -

Nintendo — June 16, 9 am PT -


Square Enix — June 16, 10 am PT -

PC Gaming  — June 16, 5-8 pm PT - {youtube}kkk6HZ2Kp2w{/youtube}

Watch them all here live at AllGames.com/live

AllGames Console Power Rankings 6/16 - 6/23

Each week the AllGames Console Power Rankings will the rank the impact of gaming consoles. This is not a sales chart. It is compiled by the Allgames editorial staff using data about each console's current status in the gaming zeitgiest. Media coverage, title releases, corporate dealings, and other components can all influence the rankings.  

Rank Last Week   Console Comments
         
14  -  

 Kindle Fire TV

 amazon fire tv

Already forgotten. Say hello to the Fire Phone.
13  -  

Hyperkin Retron 5

retron5

In stores. Finally.
12  -  

Ouya

ouya

This counts as a platform, right?
11  -2  

NVidia Shield

nvidiashield
Nvidia may be having second thoughts about this whole 'console' stuff.
10 +2  

Oculus Rift

oculus-rift

Having the longest lines at E3 still means something.
9  -  

 Steam Machine

Steam-Machine

Sony says they aren't worried about Steam Machines. Which means they're very worried about Steam Machines.
8  -  

 Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo-2DS

Let's be honest, most people slide the 3D tab all the way down anyway, right?
7  -  

PSVita

PlaystationVita

 Sony is still saying they support the Vita. People still dont believe them
6  -  

Nintendo 3DS

nintendo3ds

 

Tomogotchi Life has given the 3Ds new life.
5  -1  

XBOX 360

Xbox-360

Microsoft is quickly leaving the past behind, and the 360 along with it.
4  +1  

PS3

ps3

The most popular console in the world is still popular
3  +2  

 Nintendo Wii U

wii u

Nintendo was stronger than anyone expected them to be at E3. Don't count out the Wii U yet.
2  -1  

Sony PS4

playstation-4

Honestly E3 wasnt great for either of the big 2...but Sony pushed TV shows, so it fails
1  +1  

Xbox One

xbox-one

Honestly E3 wasnt great for either of the big 2...but MS didn't push TV shows, so it wins
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Project Spark: Create Your World

Project Spark BK-600x337

Project Spark

Have you ever played a video game and thought that if only the location or setting of the game was designed differently, it would be a more exciting game to play?  Or maybe you thought that if the video gameplay was tweaked just a little, you would have a better chance at winning or getting a high score, depending on the type video game you were playing.  Enter Project Spark. Now that the formerly closed beta version of Project Spark is available to all video game players-- you can do a lot more than just think about how you would like to change video games.  Tapping into your imagination and creativity, you will be able to actually create your own video games, including the world the video game characters designed by you can explore.  Maybe you prefer not to design a video game from scratch.  No problem.  You can simply play unique video games that were created by other video game players if you like.                                                                                       

Project Spark is  a video “gamemaker”, developed by Team Dakota, where you can build your own video game experiences including the backdrop of the gameplay.  You create your video game on a digital canvas that can be a blank sheet or one that has already been started for you.   You can edit, change, design, modify and create aspects of the video game with just a push of the controls on your controller, choosing from the wide selection of terrains and environments available to you. You are not limited in using only the controller when creating your video games -- You may also use the Kinect and even Microsoft's SmartGlass.

project-spark

Project Spark

This game has been compared to Minecraft and Terraria by some; however, in my opinion, this game gives you so much more in the way of creativity. For example, unlike Minecraft, you are not carving your video game environment, but you are designing one that is attuned to a video game that you created yourself. In other words, you are not just building an environment from one that is already there, but you are creating one from the ground up -- so to speak. As mentioned earlier, you also have the option to get a headstart on your video game as well as the environment by choosing from those that have already been designed for you. Also, the graphics, vivid color terrains, and other elements of video game designs are, in my opinion, levels up from what is available on Minecraft, Terraria, and other similar type games. Additionally, there is the social element of Project Spark where you can share your video game creations.

Project-Spark-3-1

Project Spark

With the above being said, you may ask, "What is the catch?" Well, even though the download of Project Spark is free, you will have to pay for some of the content for your video games. Depending on how you look at it, this may not be a drawback, if you look at this from the standpoint that once your video game is completed, it will be a true original -- which in some ways can be considered priceless.

Project Spark beta is available now and is playable on the Xbox One, and Windows 8.

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