Paul's Technology Blog

May 18, 2006

Nintendo Wii....The New World Order?

Ok Wii is a stupid name. But stupid names don't break a console apparently. At E3 Nintendo showed that they were doing something right as they were the most packed booth during the entire show shattering all sorts of records.

What is so appealing about the Wii? Well one thing is probably the most obvious: The remote. Something that a lot of people first mocked apparently is more appealing then anyone, probably including Nintendo, could have imagined. It reminded me of the DS's announcement. Everyone laughed and said who the hell needs two screens but Nintendo stood firm and it came out and now it is showing to be more popular with the masses then Sony's more powerful PSP. Why? Innovation. People are getting sick of playing the same games the same way. After all while Halo 3, Grand Theft Auto 4, and Madden 200x can all be fun games its nothing incredibly new. And the whole market is showing that even in Nintendo console market. All we are getting are highly rated and anticipated sequels. Nothing truly innovative nothing original. Probably why Spore seemed to be so appealing to the PC folks (which I am a part of), sequels are becoming dull was anyone surprised when Halo 3 was announced? hah. People are more excited at the new way to play consoles that Nintendo introduced and that PS3 ripped off (not that anyone cared about PS3's use only one game showed it had any support for it)

Gamers want new ideas and Nintendo saw this. Yes prettier graphics are nice and good old games we like to play (Fable 2, Halo 3, GTA4, Madden 2007) but sometimes we just need something different. And I think the Wii and the DS both show people may not care about graphics if the gameplay is innovative. Afterall with consoles now reaching astonomical prices just for a better image quality who can blame them. Would you rather have the Wii at $200 and Gamecube like graphics but highly innovative titles or a Sony PS3 with its superior graphics but standard library of showcase games?

The Wii's gun controller seems amazing for FPS's. I for one look forward to being able to point and shoot instead of the horrendous manner of aiming used in Halo (I am truly a PC FPS'er so kb/mouse for me). Other games that I noted was the Ochestra Conductor game. I mean honestly who has not pretended to be a conductor when they were younger. And now you can be. Also trauma center is coming to the Wii another amazingly innovative title. I have no doubts there will be a Brain Game for the Wii as well.

Also this Wii launch is going to have a ton of titles at launch unlike PS3 whose developers haven't even gotten dev kits yets and whose Blu-Ray has yet to actually been seen working.

It sounds to me like a new Nintendo rebirth is coming....and E3 was the start of it.

May 17, 2006

Sony - Stupid or Just Arrogant?

Ah Sony, maker of TVs, movies, music, audio equipment, and the infamous playstation line. Does being so big really get to their head? I would say...yes.

First lets look at Sony's response to customer service.

Example 1:
When the PSP first came out the square button would often get stuck. According to Sony's PR rep this was a feature not a defect.....What the **** kinda of feature is that? "Thanks for purchasing a PSP one of the top features we offer you with this advance unit is the Square Hold button where the Square key will actually get stuck and adds a new level of randomness to your game" Evetnually Sony bent under pressure and recalled the damaged units and replaced them and admitted later it was a defect in the manufacturing process with some molds.

Example 2:
Sony PS2 - Its not a secret that the read disc error is a problem with the PS2 line. Its a big enough issue that it has spawned an entire business around buying disc read error PS2's and then repairing them and then reselling them on ebay again. You can goto a bookstore and find books on how to fix it even. What the hell does that say? Yet Sony admits there is no such issue and that is restricted to a small number of units. They were sued and was forced to fix a number of units but that is of course up. No one really cares now because the bulky PS2's have been replaced by the slimlines which seem to be a bit more durable. But there are still reports of even those having that issue. And with a whopping 3 month warrenty there is little hope of getting your PS2 fixed for free. I highly recommend buying an extended service contract from whatever store you buy it from if you buy one. Then you get to deal witht he store directly not even Sony leading me to Number 3....

Example 3:
Ever try and call tech support? Yeah call Sony and you get a wonderful automated computer menu system. Which apparently does not know english. I called for my Sony Clie before and trying to tell the computer I owned a clie was mind numbing:
Computer: "What product do you own just say the name"
Me: "Sony Clie SJ22"
Computer: "Did you say Sony DVD Player"
Me: "No..."
Computer:"Lets try again then...repeat the name"
Me: "Sony Clie"
Computer:"I am sorry I do ot understand you request try again"
Computer:"Do you own a Sony Walkman"
Computer:"I am having trouble understanding you let me transfer to a man thing to serve you"
Me:"I hate you sony"

Nuff said...

Example 4:
Sony seems to think since half a bajillion people bought the PS2 that the same will happen with the PS3. See they have a bajillion titles in their library and then they also have the Playstation names. Based on that they think people will spend $500 for a castrated piece of crap PS3 which has no wireless controllers or networking, no HD capabality which was a selling point for it since it uses Blu-ray which they insist everyone needs and only adds to the cost of the unit and games, and has only a 20gb drive. They want people to buy the $600 system I bet, but what they fail to understand when the average consumer mom and dad are looking at the systems they are not going to see that it has all these nifty fancy yet useless features all they know is little Timmy wants a PS3 and they are going to get the cheapest one or sanity might set in and they may just buy a Xbox 360 for the low low price of $300-$400 (though by the time PS3 comes out that is supposed to drop by $100) or even a Nintendo Wii the only console out that will not cost an arm and a leg (Probably $200).

Sony's response to its uber high price? "Its too cheap" Wow thanks Sony we love you too. How nice of them to thank all their loyal fans.

May 13, 2006

First Blog

Well this is my first blog I am posting a lot of kinks are going to be needed to be worked out. Anyways I thought I would take a short bit to tell my views on this past weeks E3.

E3 left me with mixed feelings I am getting really excited with the new Nintendo Wii but the controllers have me worried I just have this nasty feeling that it could get to tiring to play. Like I love to lay back and lounge and play games not flail my arms about like a scary person. But until I can touch one and actually try it I don't know. However I will be buying one.

The other big news is Sony's abysmal PS3 news. First they are charging you $500 for a system that will have blue-ray but be incapable of displaying high resolution video due to its lack of a DVI port. Second if you want the HD support (And this is why the PS3 is so expensive in the first place and a big thing Sony bragged about forever) you need to pay $600. $600! Its outrageous and a good way to shoot themselves in the foot. But hardcore PS fans who want their final fantasy fix will need to buy one so they essentially don't care. Having the president say it should be more expensive didn't help their cause though. And the controller is so unoriginal and looks like such an afterthought its not even funny.

Anyways more laters.