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CAGcast #253: The 2011 Tokyo Game Show Show of Shows

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#61 Kosh



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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:47 PM

The misinformation would be declaring the Vita has the same battery life as the 3DS before the Vita ever gets into the wild.

You must live in the same cave as CheapyD.

#62 Zacmanman


Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:27 AM

I feel like it's apt to bring up the 'post-desktop era' that Steve Jobs thinks he's created. He hasn't, because that's ridiculous, but I feel like it's the future Cheapy D sees (at least partially)

I could write a lot on how I feel about the misinterpreted 'iPhone Revolution' but I'll stick to games.

The market is different now, not because of smartphones but because of misdirection. Sony competes in many fields, many more than Apple does, actually, and that's probably why they can't pump out a new PSP or PlayStation every year. It's much more difficult to compete with a cell phone because phones are essential to our everyday lives (and Sony makes and sells just as many phones as Apple does), so the point of competition is a little biased. Very few to zero people buy an iPhone with the thought of it playing games, or having an indepth gaming experience. Most people who I see playing games on their smartphones play the same assembly of simple cell phone games we were playing five years ago. Even if games like Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Angry Birds and Infinity Blade have changed the way we see that, it still doesn't change the masses. I want to say it again, Very few or zero people buy iPhones so that they can play those games.

Similarly very few or zero people buy handheld gaming systems for functionality beyond playing games. The issue is that this space has become very awkward. High-end gaming systems are expensive (not as expensive as high-end smartphones though) and have somewhat limited functionality. Sony has tried amending this space with the Xperia Play, but I think this is all still misdirection.

Honestly, I don't care if my PSP or DS can browse the internet or have amazing graphics, but Sony and Nintendo know people want that. Sony knows that people wanted streamlined consoles and experiences. Perhaps they went about it wrong but they gave us the PSP Go. Nintendo knows social networks are all the rage and so they added StreetPass. The issue these hardware developers have run into is keeping the price low. It's okay to have a $800 smartphone because any service provider will subsidize most of that price in trade of you paying for their service. This is why you can buy an iPhone for $100. However, Sony and Nintendo can't do that since there is no dedicated market. No one wants to buy a $100 PSV so they can pay $50 every month for some service.

But at this end, I don't know where to go personally. Is the mobile gaming market dead? No, certainly not. Android and iOS show us a very lively market that is developing and evolving. Will we see another 3DS or PSV in five years? I don't know, but I wouldn't bet on it. Sony has already shown their interest in making high-end Android-gaming Smartphones. Will that succeed? I don't know, but Tommy Refenes has one, and that's good enough for me.

#63 Zacmanman


Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:36 AM

Also, I agree with Shipwreck on the size of the PSV. I own a device that has a 3.2" screen and an Archos 5 with a 5" screen and the difference is huge. The PSP is quite large, even after numerous revisions. The PSV is even larger and it just sounds like a small TV.

#64 MSUHitman


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Posted 21 September 2011 - 05:32 PM

Sorry for the late reply, just now listening to the show:

As the biggest Cyclops and Emma Frost fan on CAG and in the history of the VS. System trading card game, I was disappointed, but not surprised at the horrible performance January Jones gave from Emma Frost. Any Mad Men fan knows she's the worst part of that show and she was also the worst part of this movie and was only cast as Emma as she had the body and hair color.

Emma is suppossed to be cold, but also coniving, seductive, and out for herself, at least at that point of her character's development. Every opportunity January was given to show these traits she just came off as a wet fish. I sent an angry tweet at her Twitter account and was made fun of by my friends. FYI she's hasn't updated her official Twitter since Mad Men season 4 came out on DVD/BR.

Wombat, Pixie has become the new "this is the young character to showcase the trials and tribulations of growing up a mutant" in the last few years. Also Pixie in the comics is caucasian. She's basically Jubilee/Shadowcat 2.0 as those 2 characters have their own problems now

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#65 MSUHitman


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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:23 PM

Also I think the Move sales are part of Sony's Long Live Play campaign as Amazon now and KMart next week are doing similar deals. The sign at Gamestop also has the Long Live Play campaign slogan on it.

And you forgot to mention White Knight Chronicles II in the new releases section.

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