Posted on April 10 2011 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
”[Microsoft and Nintendo] are starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond. I mean, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale? Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I’m doing true accurate motion gaming? Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool, (but) no self-respecting 20-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those. He’s too old for that.” – Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton
Okay so, to break this down: No one would buy a system without a hard drive in it. This information is news to the entire gaming world, since the Wii has sold almost 90 million units and counting, while the Nintendo DS is up in the 100+ million and the 3DS is already off to a hotter start than the Wii was at launch. So, moving on to the next point….
Motion gaming is cute, but moving 6 inches isn’t true motion gaming. So, now the Wii (and conversely, the Playstation Move) suddenly do not have true motion gaming out of the blue? You know why most Wii motions can be done sitting down and with wrist flicks? To prevent gaming fatigue. If you had to realistically throw every single ball in baseball, swing every golf club, or do really big swipes with the sword, most wouldn’t play the game for longer than 30 minutes. So, now motion gaming is not only cute, but what the Wii (and their own product) provide isn’t actually true motion gaming. I… don’t get it. Moving on…
No self respecting 20+ year old is going to use a gameboy (pretty sure this is a reference to the DS/3DS) because he’s not babysitting. Well then, I guess since I am 24, own a DS and a 3DS, and play them both a few times a week, I am no longer a self-respecting 20 year old. What is it, 136 million DS’s worldwide? I am willing to bet a massive chunk of them are older than 20.
In short, this is clearly Sony taking pot shots to promote their own very impressive NGP system. I give Sony props for creating a unique idea of their own and having high graphical power in the system. Taking pot shots, however, is not really the best direction to go. He does know the 3DS has, you know, glasses free 3D, and graphic powers that are actually on par if not better than the PSP right? So, it’s just for kids? Explain SF 4, explain Resident Evil, explain why the 3DS has a lot of “older gamers” interested. You know, sometimes this is why I like Nintendo as a company. Sure, they take shots at others like apple, but they do not shy away from teh fact sony and microsoft both offer compelling products, and they usually just “do their own thing” and let the software win over people. Sony, your a big boy right? Would you like a tissue?