The Official "Console War" and Video Game Thread
Oh yeah, I'm just asking for trouble with this one. I'd like to start this off by saying please, PLEASE, keep it civil. Usually my fellow .org members are quite civil people, but, occasionally, you guys become unruly in threads of certain topics. Just remember, it's all about the games.
My general thoughts:
As of late, I've started to become rather anti-Sony where video games are concerned. Their arrogance is really starting to astound me. So far I've read that the PS3 will make the PC obsolete :hmroll: , that consumers will buy the PS3 even if it was $1000 just because it's a new Sony product :hmroll: , and I was told that the games are likely to go for $70-$90 :hmeek: . Throw in the Blu-Ray debacle, which I've read is the main reason the PS3 was pushed back from a Spring release to a November release (completely believable considering Sony's own Blu-Ray player has also been pushed back), and it just seems more and more like Sony is going completely out of their way to shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention how they seem to be copying both Microsoft and Nintendo almost blatantly.
On the Nintendo front, while I'm looking forward to the Wii because of it's very reasonable price point, that wacky motion sensing Wii-mote still makes me skeptical. And I'm not exactly thrilled with the name Wii. I've been a fan of the Big N since the beginning, so I'm willing to look passed all that. I'm really looking forward to the "Virtual Console" aspect. I'll be downloading retro games like there's no tomorrow.
Moving on to Microsoft, the 360 seems to be doing pretty well at this point. Product shortages don't seem to be much of a problem. Sadly, there seems to be a bit of a game drought. And of course Japan support, both consumer and developer, is quite poor. You can't exactly blame that entirely on Microsoft though. But there are other things I can blame them for. Like the Backwards Compatibility issue. I wasn't too happy when I read that Peter Moore had basically said BC didn't matter any more. That must have garnered quite the backlash. And Moore's comments two weeks later. Oh brother. I like how he put the blame on the media, and a lesser extent on gamers, for misinterpreting his comments.
Time for some fun rumors:
The news is the Wii may see a late September / early October release. Nintendo denies this of course.
Word has it Microsoft plans to add HDMI into the next line of 360s, and maybe even replace the current DVD drive with an HD-DVD drive. What does this mean for people who bought 360s before this production change. If you want to believe the rumor, you'll be able to send your 360 off to Microsoft who will upgrade your 360 with HDMI and an HD-DVD drive . . . for free? :hmconf: Yeah, I'll believe this one when I see it. It would be really cool if this turns out to be true though.
The price tag of PS3 games being $70-$90, I consider this a rumor. This is information given to me by a friend. I haven't actually read this anywhere for myself. But if true, it's another straw on the camel's already fragile back.
My take on the current "Console War" as it stands now:
I put Microsoft in the lead. They got their "next gen" console out first, so they've already established themselves in the market. Add the fact Sony pushed back the release of the PS3, and it only makes things look better for the 360. If Bungie could release Halo 3 this November (however unlikely), it would be a crushing blow against Sony.
The number two spot is tough. Sony may be, in my eyes, acting retarded, but Nintendo hasn't been doing so great since the N64. It's a toss up, but I'll give Nintendo the number two spot . . . for now. Hopefully the innovative Wii will help Nintendo maintain a presence in the console market. I'd hate for Nintendo to go the way of Sega.
I have to give Sony last place. It's just not looking good for the PS3. Personally, I think Sony is going to majorly screw up placing all their eggs in the Blu-Ray basket. If they ditched the Blu-Ray (and some of the attitude), I might think differently.
My take on the previous "Console War":
Sony was the clear winner. Even with the troubles it faced at release, the PS2 seemingly conquered all. Being BC with nearly all the PS1 titles from the get go was a definite bonus. Having the GTA series as a limited time exclusive series didn't hurt either.
While the new kid, Microsoft takes second place above Nintendo without question. While I don't think it beat out Sony's PS2, the Xbox did seem to be a hard to find item during the 2004 Christmas season, which is odd for a system in the last year of its life. Honestly, I think the original Xbox could have gone on for another year or two. I don't think Microsoft should have pulled the plug so quickly. The Xbox came out a year after the PS2 but was replaced a year before. Xbox, we hardly knew ya.
Sadly, Nintendo came in last. While I certainly liked the Gamecube, it's oddly shaped controler, and the Gameboy Player add-on, it just seems that the Gamecube got stuck with the kiddie persona, deserved or not, and could get rid of it. I hope the Wii fairs better because, as a long time Nintendo fan, I'd really like to see the Big N at the top of the game again.