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Meanwhile in AAA VideoGame Land

on Thursday, Apr. 25th

The crowdfunding scene has been so, um, active lately that I've let a few pieces of news in video game land slip past. After the jump: the big stuff in the past 24 hours that I expect to be losing sleep over in the next 48.

Nintendo won't have a big E3 press conference. Joystick reports

In an investor presentation, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo will skip the usual large-scale E3 press conference this year in favor of "a few smaller events that are specifically focused on our software lineup for the U.S. market."

This actualy doesn't surprise me at all. I've been to the last two Nintendo E3 pressers and they've been snoozefests. There was more buzz coming out of the small meetings they held with the most influential members of the press–sniff, I don't rate, sniff–than from the big conference.

The big conference was pretty much roundly derided last year.

It's easier to convey unique play experiences in small groups than from the stage at the Nokia theater.

Microsoft announced that they will be revealing the next XBox on May 21st at their Redmond, Washington campus.

The Verge did a full wrap up of all the speculation surrounding the new console:

The console is said to include an 8-core 64-bit APU running at 1.6GHz, alongside 8GB of DDR3 memory and a large HDD for storage.Kotaku later backed up a number of these specs with the site's own sources, leading many to believe these are the final retail specifications. A report from Bloombergsuggests the next Xbox will "use an AMD system-on-a-chip that combines powerful 'Jaguar' central processing units with graphics chips," the same chip Sony uses on the PlayStation 4. In other words, the winner of the next big console war — assuming there's a clear-cut winner — won't be doing it on specs alone.

That "same chip Sony uses" comes as a bit of a surprise to me. We've never seen two consoles go head-to-head with the same technical specs. This reads to me like we really are seeing the last console generation, and I would not be surprised if neither console sells more than it's predecessor.

EA is doing a fresh round of layoffs. Kotaku says that as much as 10% of the workforce may be affected, but Gamasutra says that figure is overblown.

Finally, if you were thinking of playing the new Star Trek video game, let this review by Polygon's Justin McElroy dissuade you.

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