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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
   -      

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.
   -      

Video Games: How Shenmue 3 Was Guaranteed to be Funded

 SMH - Shaking my head about the "third" party funding of the Shenmue 3 kickstarter which successfully ended on July 17, 2015.  If you haven't heard, Sony is the "third" party.  Yes -- I get that Shenmue 3 was a long awaited video game, and yes, I understand  the ultimate goal is to get full funding of a video game to make sure  the video game actually comes to fruition.  What I do not get is a video game that garnered over $6 million dollars while at the same time having the financial backing of a major company like Sony.  

Call me naive, but I thought the purpose of a kickstarter was to be the primary funding vehicle to ensure there is enough money to follow through on making a video game or whatever project the funding was being asked for.  I was unaware, until I did some research, that Shenmue 3 was guaranteed to be made regardless -- mainly because of the backing of a giant software/hardware company like Sony.  It's news to me that a kickstarter can be used to subsidize the funds a company already has earmarked for the game.  Since that company is Sony, I'm sure the amount funded for Shenmue 3 is in the millions.

Shenmue 3Shenmue 3

Let's talk numbers.  The requested amount for the Shemue 3 kickstarter was $2 million.   The kickstarter's goal was reached when over $6 million was raised at its conclusion. It was indicated the game would be produced if only $2 million was raised;  however, if $10 million dollars were raised, there would be more of an "open world" for the Shenmue 3 video game. It's my understanding some gamers and backers of the kickstarter wanted to know more specifics about what the funds would be used for; however, this information was not provided. This nondisclosure did not seem to negatively impact the funds raised for Shenmue 3 during the kickstarter.  In fact, Shenmue 3 broke records by being the first video game to raise the largest amount of money within 8 1/2 hours of the kickstarter being announced.

Shenmue 3Shenmue 3

So just what was Sony's part in the funding, other than guaranteeing the game would be produced?  Well, when the Shenmue 3 video game is completed, it will be playable on its gaming system -- the PlayStation 4 as well as the PC. Sony is also the publisher of the video game.  Given its deep pockets, Sony has stated that additional funds will be provided to market the video game for its PlayStation 4 video game system.

Even though it was not specifically stated in the kickstarter that Sony is involved in the funding, the partnership of Ys Net  (developer) and Sony was mentioned during an interview with Sony's Adam Boyles.  It was also inferred the kickstarter was used as a means to guage the level or range of interest for a Shenmule 3 video game to be produced.

Shenmue 3Shenmue 3

A question that begs to be asked and answered is how much money did Sony provide to ensure Shenmue 3 was made.  For now, mum's the word since, to date, Sony has not divulged the amount.  I'm sure this amount is and will be sizeable.

My thoughts are with all of the other hardworking developers who may have dreamed of having a kickstarter, or who may have even had one; however,  were not given the extra boost of being backed and funded from a multi-billion dollar  company like Sony.  My advice to these developers is that even if a strong backing from a large  company for your video game is not forthcoming, continue making exciting games that  will be of interest to gamers on a large scale.   In other words, build a better mousetrap, I mean -- build a better video game, and the gamers will fund your project, maybe even to  level of success  experienced by the developers of the Shenmue 3 video game.

Shenmue 3 is scheduled to be released December 2017.

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? 
   -      

 

 

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?
   -      

 

 

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
   -      

 

 

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

Classic AG: Derrick, Tedakin and Legend668 - The Twisted Harry Potter Conversation

Have you ever wondered why Derrick's blood pressure is so high? This classic exchange may help shed some light on why he has a hard time keeping calm. It features Derrick moderating a discussion with Tedakin and Legend668 on what should have been the simple subject of whether or not Twisted Metal was an awe inspiring press conference reveal for Sony. (spoiler: It wasnt).  

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