The word "game" implies something with a winner. And the planet's biggest gathering of video games, and those who make them, fairly begs for one, too.

Just like every year, it didn't take long for a consensus to form on E3 2010's champion. Sony took high marks for presentation - Kevin Butler's call to arms, Gabe Newell's announcement of Portal 2 on the PS3, and Sweet Tooth's ice cream truck pulling up onstage for Twisted Metal. Microsoft had a strong showing with Kinect and all that will go with it - plus the revelation of a new Xbox 360 model available this week, which required an Apple-esque level of secrecy and message control. But it didn't say when we'll get how much Kinect will cost, a detail far more important to the public than the device's new name.

Ultimately Nintendo came out ahead with several core-appeal titles and a very compelling, if not surprising, unveiling of the 3DS, and a who's who of publishers and titles aboard for its launch. The proof of the 3DS' impact could be seen in the morning mob scenes and multiple hours-long waits falling on Nintendo's booth in West Hall, just to get a look at the new all-in-one 3D handheld.

This is by no means the end of Kotaku's E3 coverage. We'll be providing more hands-on, impressions, news, notes and perspectives from the four-day gala into next week. For now, revisit the highlights of E3 2010 while they're still fresh, and continue debating for what this year in gaming will ultimately be remembered.