EA Press Conference @ E3 2011, Los Angeles, via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Electronic Arts began their keynote by enthusiastically stating how they don’t have “random celebrity guests” but only games.

Take-out and key demos / trailers from this EA Press Conference @ E3 2011 (Los-Angeles)

Mass Effect 3 dated, March 6th, 2012.

Need For Speed: The Run announced. There are out-of-car gameplay segments.

The Sims Social announced.  Play out Facebook events in the Sims.

New game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning; medieval action game

Battlefield 3 multiplayer trailer and single player tank section showcased. Beta dated: September 2011. Battlefield 3 dated: October 25

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Ubisoft Press Conference E3 [my notes from Los-Angeles], via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Just seen the Ubisoft Press Conference E3.

Some great stuff to come.

First, the launch of Assassin’s Creed Revelations in November.

Then, Rayman which seems great. Take a look at the demo here-below.

Interesting new concept called Rocksmith and you can plug your own guitar. I really want to test it tomorrow at E3.

Rabbids on Kinect uses augmented reality to bring the Rabbids into YOUR home. Party games, 4-player co-op and online picture sharing.

I don’t  forget Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon – Future Soldier, which is very promising. Kinect will be used in this Game, to customize your weapons as example.

Tintin is coming. As Belgian, I’m proud of this.

Your Shape for Kinect looks great and this is the perfect game or ideal sport coach for my wife.

Just dance 3, also available on Kinect seems very cool. My doughter will be happy to test it.

Press Conference Microsoft / Xbox @ E3. [My Notes from Los-Angeles] via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

I had the chance to be, this morning, in the Xbox 360 Media Briefing @ E311 – Los Angeles.

You will find HERE the full conference

Here-below, some key outcome

The show started with a cool demo of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

Then, we saw a demo of tomb raider.

We discovered the Voice recognition Kinect on Mass Effect 3 and how Kinect (thru voice recognition) could  influence the scenario of the game.

For Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier,  you can use KINECT to tailore your weapon. Amazing demo. I really want to test it. All future titles in this franchise will leverage Kinect.

Xbox Live is also changing.
Tomorrow, you will use your voice to access your music, games, video.
Youtube is coming to Xbox Live. Bing is going to come to Xbox Live too.
You can search games thru Bing. You say it, Xbox finds it. Look at Demo Bing here-below.

Cliff Bleszinski presented GOW3 and Ice-T on stage for an amazing demo (see demo here- below)

2011 will be also the Year of Halo with Halo Anniversary including Fully Remastered Campaigns from previous editions. 15th of Nov is the D Day for this launch (see trailer here-below)

Forza 4 looks amazing too. Release is foressen this year the 11th of Oct (see trailer here-below)

Fable “the Journey” looks also great. You can ride the horse thru your Kinect and make other cool thinks (see demo here-below)

Disneyland Adventures is a Great game to experience Disneyland Parc’s Attractions. This will be Available this Holiday. My kids will be happy, I’m sure.

Kinect Star Wars. It looks so cool. My son will be happy. He is top fan of Star Wars. You use Kinect and that’s pretty cool (see demo here-below)

Kinect Funlabs will be available for Xbox Live Members.
You can create avatar like you. Amazing demo.
Kinect finger tracking is also coming.
Object capture. You can scan your favorite objects and bring them to live (see demo here-below)

Kinect Sport Season 2. Top franchise of Kinect today. That’s clearly a game for my parents who can play Golf and other games.

Last demo of the day : Dance Central 2.  This is the perfect game for my doughter Noa. (See Trailer here-below)

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New Guinness World Record for Kinect, THE Fastest-Se​lling Consumer Electronic​s Device EVER !

Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.

The sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.

Gaz Deaves, Editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, said: “The sales figures here speak for themselves. We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”

The new record will be included in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, which recognises record breaking achievement in the world of videogames. The current Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition is available in both book and eBook versions at http://gamers.guinnessworldrecords.com.

See below first press coverage in Belgium:

La Libre : http://www.lalibre.be/societe/cyber/article/647785/microsoft-plus-de-10-millions-de-systemes-kinect-vendues.html

La Dernière Heure : http://www.dhnet.be/infos/new-tech/article/345960/microsoft-plus-de-10-millions-de-systemes-kinect-vendues.html

Le Vif – L’Express : http://levif.rnews.be/fr/news/actualite/technologie/microsoft-a-vendu-plus-de-10-millions-de-kinect/article-1194965782153.htm

RTL INFO : http://www.rtlinfo.be/info/monde/international/781318/microsoft-plus-de-10-millions-de-systemes-de-jeux-video-kinect-vendus

Le Soir : http://www.lesoir.be/actualite/economie/2011-03-10/record-du-monde-de-ventes-pour-la-kinect-827388.php

Blog MOIJEUX : http://blog.lesoir.be/moi-jeux/2011/03/10/10-millions-dunites-kinect-vendues/

Blog GEECKO : http://geeko.lesoir.be/2011/03/10/la-kinect-bat-un-record-du-monde/

Skynet actu : http://www.skynet.be/actu-sports/actu/monde/detail_microsoft-plus-millions-systemes-jeux-video-kinect-vendus?id=755075&show_comments=1

Vers L’avenir : http://www.lavenir.net/article/detail.aspx?articleid=B43269182110310

Knack : http://knack.rnews.be/nl/actualiteit/nieuws/technologie/kinect-van-microsoft-snelst-verkopende-apparaat-ooit/article-1194966013046.htm

Tijd : http://blogs.tijd.be/tzine/2011/03/my-entry.html

Express : http://www.express.be/business/nl/technology/kinect-verkoopt-beter-dan-de-ipad-en-de-iphone/142099.htm

ZDNet : http://www.zdnet.be/news/125779/kinect-haalt-guinness-recordboek/

Het laatste nieuws : http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/1238/Xbox/article/detail/1233795/2011/03/10/Al-meer-dan-tien-miljoen-stuks-van-Kinect-verkocht.dhtml

De standaard : http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=AP37B3IL

Microsoft Belgium moves back to the first place in the Employer of the year !

Best Workplaces rankings are part of the largest study of workplace excellence and people management practices in Europe, reflecting the workplace experience of over 1.1 million employees across Europe.

According to the organizers a “great place to work” is one in which you “trust the people you work for, have pride in what you do, and enjoy the people you work with.” Co-founder Robert Levering put forth this definition in his 1988 book, A Great Place to Work: What makes some employers so good – and most so bad, based on interviews with hundreds of employees at dozens of companies. Twenty-three years later the same definition holds true.

Microsoft Belgium has been in the list since 2003 (except 2005/6 when we didn’t participate) and we’ve been able to maintain a top position in the list for all these years.

These are the 2011 laureates and winners:

Fewer than 500 employees
1 Microsoft
2 SAS Institute
3 Accent Jobs For People
4 AE
5 Mars Belgium
6 Grünenthal
7 Amgen
8 CTG Belgium
9 Secretary Plus Management Support
10 Plus Uitzendkrachten

More than 500 employees
1 Schoenen Torfs
2 Randstad
3 KBC
4 McDonald’s Belgium
5 FedEx Express
6 Dow Corning
7 Carglass
8 Partena Ziekenfonds & Partners
9 Cisco Systems Belgium
10 CenterParcs De Vossemeren & Erperheide

The jury rapport says this “Microsoft pays particular attention to ‘the New Way of Working’. The central idea behind the ‘New World of Work’ is that Microsoft focuses its business philosophy on the freedom to work whenever and wherever you want. This is based on core values ​​such as management by values​​, flexibility, a culture of trust and empowerment. Microsoft does this to tackle the mobility problems and the expectations of new and current generation of employees on work/life balance. Microsoft was one of the parties that was responsible for launching the first national homeworking day in 2010.”

Full Great Places to work press release in NL en FR.

Nice coverstory in Vacature/Références on Best Employer.

http://www.vacature.com/magazines/2011-03-19

http://www.references.be/magazine

Source : http://lucvdv.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/microsoft-belgium-wins-best-employer-2011-award/