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wildmario: Vox Pop Winner June 2012

Posted on Tuesday, July 3 @ 16:48:45 Eastern by

Oh, Vox Pop. How I have missed you! Have you missed it too?

wildmario has won the Vox Pop prize for the month of June 2012, with his retrospective review (rant, more like) of Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo in the last six years. He goes on to describe their shortcomings, and how each of them have something to prove with the next-generation of consoles.

I agree that Nintendo needs to show that the Wii U can match the online capabilities of the Xbox 360 and PS3; Microsoft needs to make sure that the next Xbox won't suffer as many red rings as the Xbox 360; and Sony, while showing off the best catalog of games at E3 2012, has the most to prove with the PlayStation 4/Orbis in terms of security and an affordable price point at launch.

Congrats on the win, wildmario! Just send me a PM with a note of whether you want a $20 XBLA, PSN, or Steam code and I'll get that for you!

Of course, we also had two worthy entries this week. Bras commented on the ease of online contests compared to those by mail and phone, while maca2kx warned us that BioWare has set a dangerous precedent of having the Mass Effect 3 ending expanded due to fan reaction. While it's not the first title to receive an ending change (for one, Broken Steel DLC for Fallout 3), the prospect of using patches to fix an ending is not something a developer should ever do lightly. For fans and critics alike will nail them for it.

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Winner: wildmario
Title: Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft: A Retrospective Review



Excerpt: "The memories made by the gaming industry may be nothing but a stink that won’t go away. What happened? It seems today that gaming companies are taking fewer risks and are focusing more on filling out their wallets with massive profits. It has snowballed greatly and thanks to several major blunders, gamers can’t ignore it anymore and they are making their voices heard."


Runner-Up: Bras
Title: On winning a contest


Excerpt:
"It is relatively cheap to do, easy to spread, and people love it. An online contest seems like the most intelligent way to make both your financial department and your target market happy. And what makes it so good is that a consumer like me will most likely participate in it."


Runner-Up: maca2kx
Title: Patches, DLC and Downloadable Fixing


Excerpt:
"Patches give them the freedom to take a greater chance with errors, like clipping, non-spawning vital NPCs, and creepy, living dead corpse soldiers, knowing that they can be fixed after release if need be. This is something gamers are used to, but what is unique about Mass Effect-gate is that the game mechanics weren’t patched, the story was."
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