The Laughing Arsehole
- Dec 29, 2009
That bit of goop dripping off at the end was perfectly timed.
See the thing is it has been said that about 40% of people buying an XBox360 do so for XBLA, and then later realize "I have this system, and I can buy game disks for it", and if they can get the same, or similar experience on just their tv that means that Microsoft loses 40% of current market share, and the key reason that they even sell so many systems is because they are using the Apple ADHD off riddlen system, and keep releasing "new models" that don't actually have that great of upgrades to the system (because of development for it).Zachary Amaranth said:The thing is, Jim, Nintendo has done this same thing in the past. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't This doesn't sound like a canny and insightful move by Nintendo so much as the occasional stroke of luck by a bunch of people who more or less flail around randomly.
The tablet as a playing screen is a nice one though.
It's also worth noting the slow adoption of new technologies. Smart TVs are the new gimmick which may or may not catch on, but it will be a qhile before their ubiquity threatens Sony and Microsoft even if they do. This makes it highly unlikely that it will be a threat to the upcoming sequels to the PS3 and 360. Case in point, DVD is still the leading physical medium for video, and it took the artificial death of VHS to make it dominant (and then only several years after the fact did it happen). HDTVs, what the current gens from Sony and Microsoft were built around, are just now getting to a reasonable saturation point. New gadgets may not be enoough to push these TVs, especially with an embedded userbase of Sony and Microsoft fanboys and fangirls.
Not that I particularly want to defend Microsoft's practices of putting social media and stuff ahead of gaming, but these days anything released without that sort of thing gets crapped on. It's kind of like mu;tiplayer in video games. Even if a game is 50 hours of the best storytelling ever, it will probably lose some points for not having team death match. sure, it seems stupid, but really, it seems to be what people demand. Just like they freaked out over whether the current gen could play DVDs, though DVD had become so ubiquitous at the point of launch that most microwaves come with DVD functionality (and are moving to Netflix).
I'm kind of hoping they have to break from their subscription model, though.
Jim's entire point in this video was that Microsoft and Sony are pushing for the "minigamey little app type games" with the way they're moving things on the Xbox 360 and PS3 right now, and if they continue in that direction instead of reeling it back toward the actual games, they're going to be competing directly with televisions that can provide the same experience without the need for a multi-hundred dollar peripheral. Which I agree with. I don't use my 360 very often, and I never use the online regardless, but I quite like my PS3 and would prefer that it keeps being fairly easy for me to access the games I want to play instead of being bogged down behind tons of Netflix or Twitter or Facebook apps which I neither want nor need.Jeremy Monken said:Smart TVs still aren't very close to providing a real hardcore gaming experience. They will, at most, have minigamey little app type games along the lines of Angry Birds or all the cheeseball Kinect games. That's the kind of gameplay the WiiU is likely to offer with a lot of its titles.
So how can the WiiU "win" when it's competing with the Smart TVs while the next entries from MS and Sony will be the hardcore traditional consoles we've come to know and love?
WiiU is trying to take on tablets, consoles and smart TVs all at once while doing nothing to appeal to someone that wants all three. Not to mention the buyers remorse it has to overcome with millions of dusty Wiis out there.
I'm betting on Microsoft in this round.
Off topic, anyone remember HD-DVD?Zachary Amaranth said:This makes it highly unlikely that it will be a threat to the upcoming sequels to the PS3 and 360. Case in point, DVD is still the leading physical medium for video, and it took the artificial death of VHS to make it dominant (and then only several years after the fact did it happen).
I would like to sign this petition.Lex Darko said:Dear Mr. Sterling,
The escapist updates its site with new content around lunch time everyday (if on the US east coast or on EST/EDT). This means the first people to see your videos in this region are likely to be eating while watching. Now as entertaining as your videos are, seeing zoomed in pictures of piles of fecal matter is not conducive to keeping down lunch.
I'm in no way asking or suggesting you censor anything. Only asking that in the future instead of using a picture of fecal matter consider using an alternative such as: a photoshoped picture of a cow standing in a pie a crust, a picture of a toilet or a zoomed out picture of a landfill. Trust your viewers to get the meaning without showing us something that induces gagging.
Thanks for your time.