Analysts split on E3 showingsMicrosoft gets high marks for hardware, while Sony’s showmanship has at least one analyst thinking PSVR could thrive regardless of qualityBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 14th June 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareWith the big E3 press briefings in the books, industry watchers have begun weighing in on what they saw. And much like the GamesIndustry.biz staff, they were split on who had the strongest performance at the show.Ben Schachter of Macquarie Securities told GI.biz that Project Scorpio sounds compelling, but is a bit too far on the horizon to tip the scales in Microsoft’s favor this year.”In our view, Sony had a much more impressive pre-event and we expect it to continue to dominate console sales this year,” Schachter said, adding, “Sony’s first party titles were particularly impressive. Games such as God of War, The Last Guardian, and Days Gone looked great.”Wedbush’s Michael Pachter did the math and came up with a different conclusion.”Microsoft announced two new consoles on Monday, while Sony did not announce any, making Microsoft the winner of the day between the two hardware manufacturers in our view,” Pachter said. “With that said, we thought that both presentations were highly enjoyable, and it is clear that there are a number of compelling games and devices coming down the release pipeline in 2016 and 2017 that should keep gamers highly engaged.”Pachter went so far as to call the Project Scorpio reveal “a major milestone for the console video gaming industry” as the first hardware to feature 4K gaming and VR capabilities.”The possibility of being Batman or flying a Tie Fighter will be enough to get many PS4 owners to purchase regardless of the quality of the experience.” Patrick WalkerEEDAR’s Patrick Walker came away from the press briefings with two big takeaways, both of them complimentary to Sony. “First, Sony is really figuring out how to use a press conference effectively in the new games environment,” Walker said. “The whole show seemed designed to be an enjoyable streaming show with the focus on content, crowd energy, and exciting visuals. The format seemed to understand that the details will be provided to the online viewer by the web, online chatting, and social media and there isn’t as much of a need to walk the consumer through everything being shown. By comparison, Microsoft’s focus on hardware news and explaining live gameplay demos felt almost antiquated. “Second, Sony has answered the VR content question in a really smart way. Sony was already well positioned in the early VR race with a relatively low headset price and an install base of 40 million units. The remaining question was if the quality of the content would be high enough to convince consumers to purchase. Sony is leveraging major brands as experiences in a way that almost makes the quality question an afterthought. The possibility of being Batman or flying a Tie Fighter will be enough to get many PS4 owners to purchase regardless of the quality of the experience.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Superdata’s Joost van Dreunen didn’t seem to be too impressed with either Microsoft or Sony. Microsoft’s first-party lineup was “a bit sparse and predominantly centered on sequels” in his view, while Sony “spent a disproportionate amount of time showcasing its new IP Days Gone instead of providing more detail on the obvious big ticket titles.”As for what van Dreunen did like, he felt Bethesda’s showing Sunday night was very strong.”Notably, Bethesda is getting hip to recent changes in the games market: after its success on mobile with Fallout Shelter, it is now also pursuing competitive gaming with Quake Champions,” van Dreunen said. “Bethesda has the ability to take an early lead in the VR market as one of the big publishers throwing their weight behind the new platform, following its announcement of Fallout 4 for HTC Vive scheduled for release next year. 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“I like the concept of red, white and blue,” Trump said. “It’ll look much better, actually. The baby blue doesn’t fit with us.”Trump offered a preview this week of his redesign of the iconic planes in a red, navy, and white scheme that has the look and feel of Trump’s private plane. The redesigns are not expected to be completed until 2024, and Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that his changes are “for other presidents” and not for himself.Trump on Friday then commented on his relationship with the first lady and on her feminine style, mentioning an incident in which she drew criticism for traveling in high heels to survey the damage from a Texas flood.“When I go speak in big crowds, we have tremendous crowds and so many people are holding up banners,” Trump continued, saying that the banners often contained admiration of Melania Trump, including “we love high heels.” Also On POLITICO Trump says he won’t fire Kellyanne Conway By POLITICO Trump makes splash with ‘Prince of Whales’ tweet By Paul Dallison President Donald Trump on Friday likened his wife to the beloved former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, saying, “We have our own Jackie O, it’s called Melania, Melania T.”Trump has often talked up his wife as a strong asset in the White House, and Melania Trump seemed to channel Jackie Kennedy during her husband’s inauguration when she wore a powder blue dress and long gloves.The president’s comments on his wife came during an extended interview with “Fox & Friends” and were part of a larger discussion about Trump’s plans to repaint Air Force One. When Fox’s Brian Kilmeade cautioned the president, saying that the current style had been “iconic for so long,” Trump replied that the color scheme no longer fits.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Receives Extension Off-BroadwayThe cheered off-Broadway revival of Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever has been extended by Irish Repertory Theatre. Originally scheduled to play through August 12, the new staging will now conclude its engagement on September 6. Charlotte Moore directs the revival, starring Tony nominee Melissa Errico as Daisy Gamble/Melinda Welles and Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Mark Bruckner. The cast also includes John Cudia, Florrie Bagel, William Bellamy, Rachel Coloff, Peyton Crim, Caitlin Gallogly, Matt Gibson, Daisy Hobbs and Craig Waletzko.P.S. Watch Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune & More Pay Tribute to the Iconic Emerson Colonial Theatre, Home of Moulin Rouge! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Shuler Hensley Joins Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night MusicalTony winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!) has joined the company of the upcoming free Shakespeare in the Park musical production of Twelfth Night, beginning performances on July 17. Hensley will take on the role of Sir Toby Belch, replacing the previously announced Jacob Ming-Trent, who has exited the production due to a scheduling conflict. The principal cast also includes Tony winner Nikki M. James as Viola, Andrew Kober as Malvolio, Ato Blankson-Wood as Orsino and the musical’s composer Shaina Taub as Feste. Co-directed by Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah with choreography by Lorin Latarro, Twelfth Night is slated to play the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through August 19.Green Acres Musical Finds Its Creative TeamThe long-gestating musical based on the classic 1960s TV series Green Acres, which we first reported about in 2012, has named a talented creative team. Thomas Caruso, who helmed the acclaimed off-Broadway musical Southern Comfort, has been recruited as the tuner’s director, while Grammy-nominated songwriter Tor Hyams and veteran Broadway performer Lisa Rothauser (The Producers) are crafting the book and score. An initial production, including casting, venue and dates, is still to come. If your memory is rusty on the plot of the beloved TV comedy, check out the catchy theme song below. Shuler Hensley(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Comments
The first phase of the initiative, effective immediately, will focus on operational enhancements at all full distance Ironman events. Changes/enhancements will include:Modified swim starts at select racesIronman will pilot several alternative race starts at select events to further enhance the athlete experience and reduce swim anxiety. Three events in 2013 will feature new swim start formats – Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Mont-Tremblant – while two other 2013 events, Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman Florida, will feature modifications in how athletes start their races.Pre-race swim warm-upNorth American Ironman events will include a pre-race, in-water warm-up whenever possible.Swim temperatureWater temperature below 52 degrees Fahrenheit or above 88 degrees Fahrenheit will result in cancellation or shortening of the swim portion of the race.Swim course additionsNumbered course buoys to assist in positioning of water assets/personnel and provide more accurate communication for locating and rescuing distressed swimmersAnchored resting rafts to be strategically placed along the swim course (and athletes will NOT be disqualified by resting on these floats)Increased professional swim course personnel to enhance the overall athlete experienceAdditional rescue boat and personal watercrafts (PWC, kayaks, paddleboards, etc.)”We are constantly striving to improve our athlete experience by listening to the feedback of our athletes,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of WTC. “As part of our industry leading commitment to our athletes, we are piloting operational changes to the swim portion of our races in North America and launching an education plan to help ensure our athletes are prepared for the swim.”Phase two…The second phase of the initiative will feature a comprehensive effort to educate athletes about reducing anxiety associated with the swim portion of Ironman events, focusing on pre-race screening for potential health issues, pre-race training and race week preparation. Such efforts will use all Ironman media platforms and will include a check-list and on-line videos. Swim-specific educational communications will begin at the end of May.“It’s rare to see a race series confront the challenges of open water swimming in a systematic, robust way,” said Dan Empfield, Founder and Publisher of leading tri website Slowtwitch.com. “This initiative touches key pressure points faced by athletes during the swim leg and should be the new normal for our sport.”Swim start pilotsIronman Coeur d’Alene and Ironman Lake Placid:Both Ironman Coeur d’Alene and Ironman Lake Placid will feature rolling starts in 2013. Athletes will enter the water in a continuous stream through a controlled access point, similar to how running road races are started. An athlete’s times will start when they cross timing mats under the swim arch.Athletes will be directed to self-seed on race morning based on their projected swim time. Volunteers and staff will be in the staging area with signs and will assist with this process. Self-seeding will not be mandatory but will be encouraged. At both events, all athletes will have access to a dedicated warm-up area in the water located adjacent to the swim start.Age-group athletes will begin entering the water at 06:35 for Ironman Coeur d’Alene and 06:30 for Ironman Lake Placid, and will have the two hours and twenty minutes from the time the last athlete enters the water to complete the swim.An athlete’s time does not begin until he or she crosses the timing mat located below the swim arch. All athletes are expected to start by 07:00 at both venues, thus keeping all other timelines and cut-offs the same. This will ensure that all participants have at least the full 17 hours (subject to intermediate cut-offs) to complete the event.For 2013, the swim course at Ironman Coeur d’Alene will remain the same, while Ironman Lake Placid will reverse the swim direction with athletes swimming clockwise.Ironman Mont-Tremblant:Ironman Mont-Tremblant will feature a wave start based on age group. There will be eight waves with each wave entering the water five minutes apart, starting at 06:25. All athletes will have at least 17 hours to complete the entire event (subject to intermediate cut-offs). The two hour and twenty minute cut-off for the swim will begin when the final wave has started the swim portion of the event.Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman Florida:Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman Florida will feature a mass start based on self-seeding. Athletes will self-seed into swim start corrals based upon their estimated swim finish time. All athletes will have the traditional 17 hours to complete the entire event (subject to intermediate cut-offs).The other Ironman events in North America (Ironman Texas, Ironman Louisville, Ironman Wisconsin, Ironman Arizona) are scheduled to have the same swim start format as in 2012, which can be found on ironman.com.Ironman Canada (with a new venue in 2013) will feature a two-loop swim with an in-water mass start.As always, Ironman reserves the right to change or modify any course as the season progresses based on athlete safety, weather conditions or other mitigating factors.Athletes are urged to refer to their respective event’s Athlete Guide and event website for the most up-to-date event and course information. Attending the mandatory athlete meeting prior to each race can assist in answering any questions athletes may have.www.ironman.com As part of its continuous, on-going efforts to improve its athlete’s race experience, Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) has conducted a full review of the swim portion of all full-distance Ironman events in North America. The results of that review have led to a two-phase SwimSmart initiative focused on improving athlete satisfaction and reducing anxiety during the swim portion of the race.SwimSmart going global?When asked about possible expansion of the SwimSmart initiative to Europe, South Africa, Australasia and other Ironman markets, an Ironman spokesperson told triathlonbusiness.com that “This is a pilot program that will only be implemented in North America this year. Once we see how it all works operationally and from an athlete satisfaction perspective, we will evaluate what works best and start thinking about rolling it out to the rest of the world.”“Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events have always been operated at a level above the industry standard, and we are continuously looking for ways to improve and adjust,” added Jeff Edwards, Ironman Vice President of Operations, North America. “Minor changes can make a big difference as it relates to reducing athlete anxiety in the water.” Related