Thanks to GameSpot for its 'Spot On' column discussing game industry financial analysts' predictions
for the E3 Expo
being held in Los Angeles next week. Among the predictions from various analysts are plans for Xbox ("I'm virtually certain that Microsoft will announce that Xbox Next is coming in 2005. Not clear whether they want to do so at E3"
), Sony's possible announcements ("Probably a price cut to $149, and reemphasizing the point that PS2 is still going strong"
), and discussion of Nintendo's DS ("...it now appears the system is generating a more positive response, particularly among game publishers."
) But if you're fed up with 'expert' opinions, then try some completely fake predictions from Jason 'Loonyboi' Bergman
, including: "Midway will announce a pre-order campaign for NARC, in which the first 1,000 orders will receive 1/8th of an ounce of hashish... Nintendo's press conference will consist entirely of awkward silence, interrupted only by a single person making farting noises with his armpit."