Microsoft’s Project Natal Xbox 360 motion-sensing, speech-recognising, all-singing, all-dancing controller generated the most “buzz” of all E3 announcements, according to Buzz Study, a “web chatter” analysis site.
Buzz Study also compared positive and negative comments about Microsoft’s Project Natal Xbox 360 motion-sensing announcement against rival Sony PS3 motion-sensing peripheral announcements and Nintendo’s Wii MotionPlus announcement. Project Natal was the most positively thought-of by the web, Nintendo’s MotionPlus add-on the most negatively thought-of, with an 8 per cent increase in negativity coming directly after Microsoft and Sony’s arguably technologically-superior announcements.
Perhaps more interesting is what really didn’t generate much buzz at all. Languishing at the bottom of a long chart is DJ Hero and Scratch DJ. Dance music clearly may not rival rock for music game appeal. Also way down was Sony’s PS3 EyePet, Just Cause 2 and Sega’s much-feted Bayonetta. Even Agent – Rockstar Games’ Sony PS3 exclusive – didn’t pick up that much buzz (perhaps because so little about it was revealed).