"WHY THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FAIR TO REVOLUTION"5.0 starson by dragon2o00
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Summary: I will first start to say that I am a poor college student. Ok, not VERY VERY poor but I am extremely thrifty. I do not buy video game systems. I do not buy video games (I am convinced that I have video game ADD and can not finish a game). With that said, what do I do? I play games with my friends. What do I look for in a game then? Do I really care about HDTV capabiillities? Or if the lighting effect of System A is better than System B? No. I care about playing games with my friends, being able to learn quickly, and having fun. What many of you fail to realize is there are a lot of people just like me. The market of "extreme gamer" isn't that large (my personal speculation, no numbers to back this up; hey, i'm honest). And by "isn't that large," i mean there's no way most of you, who I would classify as "extreme gamers" take up even 40% of the video game market. This results in two very interesting results:
1) price is extremely important. I can't imagine having to drop $50 + tax for each game that i really want, let alone having game prices raise to ~$80 and more. Why will this raise so high? developers need to adapt to new technology, spend more time working, etc. Furthermore, I need HDTV to truly enjoy any of this so called super-duper-graphics-that-none-of-you-can-live-without. Suddenly, if I don't have an HDTV, which I don't, nothing really matters anymore does it? You can't compare graphics on the three systems when you're using a tv that takes the red, white, and yellow plug-ins.
Nintendo is working hard to lower costs. They anticipate a lower costing system and lower costing games.
2) Someone mentioned how Nintendo is becoming a niche company that will only focus on kids and junk. If Nintendo is really going to revolutionize the way video games are played, I would imagine that it could appeal to so many more groups of people. I know people who don't play video games, yet have a PS2 just because they can play DDR. They like to excercise, it make sense. If you can expand your market and bring in people who don't even consider themselves gamers, you have so much more power at your hands.
3) Nintendo will use a developer kit very similar to gamecube. What does that mean? Nintendo has a huge advantage over developers for PS3 and Xbox 360. Why? Developers for Nintendo already know how to do everything. Not only that, but it's a given that as developers use a package longer, they are able to optimize everything a lot better. Best example? God of War on PS2. I mean MY GOD! That game is just gorgeous. Clearly Xbox level graphics on a ps2! Someone else said to expect true PS3 level graphs 1.5 years after PS3 initial launch. Revolution won't be hindered by this problem.
4) Nintendo is finally taking advantage of it's huge history. I just started playing Contra 1 on an actual NES that a fraternity brother brought from home. Still amazingly fun. Has anyone noticed that these games are harder to play now than when you were younger? I had no trouble when I was 9 yet now when I'm 19, I'm struggling (when you'd think I'd play games better, although I still dominate in Halo 2, I die twice on the first stage of Contra...).
Nintendo says they will revolutionize the way the game is played and I believe them. They change the game in so many ways. Each system did its part to change the way games were played. NES was the beginning of home console entertainment (ok, not THE beginning, but it was a huge beginning in commercial home video game ownership), SNES was all about the RPGs and side-scrollers. Nintendo 64 had the amazing 3-D environments, not to forget GOLDENEYE. No one can deny the perfection of Goldeneye. Gamecube, however, did feel more like an extension of Nintendo 64 for me but you know what? That means Nintendo Revolution will be that much better because they had the time to think things up.
One last note: a lot of you serious gamers are too caught up on the specs. "Oh...I'm worried for Revolution because it'll only be 2-3 times as powerful as Gamecube while Xbox 360 is 15 times more powerful than xbox." That doesn't mean squat. There aren't many must-have games for the xbox. The good ones are on gamecube as well (first to come to mind is Madden 2005). I am extremely excited to see what Nintendo has in store for us and like the guy at the conference said, 2 (or 20? the number escapes me) billion copies of games sold. That is more than any of the other companies can say.
It's not the size of the whale but the motion of the ocean, my friends.