Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

Commitment Issues to Nintendo

January 16, 2017

I’ve been fighting this blog post for a few days now, at least partially because I had been looking forward to this thing and that our U and Wii have seen better days and have gotten to the point where being replaced wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We use our U to watch Netflix, occasionally surf the web, and to keep the kids out of trouble for stretches of time when we’re doing minor things like trying to clean the house or make dinner. Our game console gets a lot of wear and tear.

But there was something about this reveal that just let me down in a vague, unidentifiable way.  The price was a minor let down, especially for a system that is still clearly a step slower than its rivals. It hasn’t showcased much actual third party support yet. And it doesn’t have a lot of first party titles immediately out to make it a must buy. On top of that Nintendo is changing course and is going to start charging for online play. Which is essentially a Splatoon tax, considering how much their games have utilized online play.

I think what really hurts is that this is a company I grew up with. Yeah, my first system was an old Atari 2600, but I then had an NES and an SNES (and a Genesis, but we won’t tell anyone). They were worn out from my playing them. I loved them. I still remember games from them, and playing with the neighbor kid. Games like Gun.Smoke, DoubleDragon, Tecmo Bowl, Punch Out, and Mario Bros. are touchstones of my youth.

I am really unsure I’ll be getting the Switch, though. Part of it is cost, clearly. Part of it is that the ability to take the thing on the go, or to the john, just doesn’t sell itself for me. If I leave the house, I’m driving and I’m keeping an eye on a  two year old. I’m not playing video games.

At the same time, I have a two year old. Video games are something she is just a bit young for. My 13 yr old is an avid gamer, but he spends more time on his tablet lately than on a console. And if/when we can afford a new cell phone,he’ll probably be glued to that. So, there probably won’t be this hard push from the young ones for this system, either.

I hope the Switch does well. I like Nintendo, and I don’t mind the idea of it being around when my Little Girl is old enough to be interested in Mario Bros. and Kirby. But the longer I go w/o buying a system, the harder I think it will be to get me back in the loop.

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Steambox – who asked for this?

January 8, 2014

the Valve Steam Box appears to be getting closer to being unleashed upon the world. A little back ground.  For anyone who doesn’t know, isn’t in the scene or whatever, there is a PC gaming service called Steam. You buy games from their website, and download/play them with their software.  It’s hugely popular for probably one reason: they sell games dirt cheap. The only problem, if you can call it that, is that they are PC games. To bridge this gap they are now bringing out Steam Boxes, an attempt to bridge PC gaming and console gaming. You’re supposed to be able to easily hook this thing up to your television, and build your gaming library with Steam.

Here’s my problem: why?  If you have a computer that can handle steam, you probably have a computer that can be hooked up to your television. so, just hook it up to your television. There are plenty of videos on youtube to show you how to do it.  Want a controller for it? Buy one. Amazon has a bunch of them. In a couple of days, it can be at your door. No problem.

Now, maybe you don’t have a computer that can use Steam or be hooked up to your television. Maybe it makes sense to just buy a steam box to open up access to computer games. Except from the article above it says the cheapest steambox looks to be $500. That’s not cheap to me. If you’re throwing $500 down to play computer games…why not put that  $500 towards an actual computer that  can do more than just game?

So who asked for this? A moderately expensive neutered gaming system that will be largely redundant with  your other computer sitting in your living room.  Maybe this is something necessary for Steam to grow, but I just don’t see the need for it. I don’t understand the hype for it, or any of the want, when the majority of its purpose can already be filled by oher machines you’re likely to already have in your house.