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01 June 2011 @ 06:48 am
Nintendo  
Gamasutra has an interesting OpEd piece up about Nintendo: "Opinion: Hey Nintendo's Scott Moffitt, Read This".

Seems like a fairly balanced view of things. It covers a lot of Nintendo's failings, though mostly in the general rather than the specific. I really wish i could have been a fly on the wall of the boardroom for some of those specific decisions though. Friend codes? Just one analog stick on the 3DS? Slamming the whole concept of Trophies/Achievements? I think i've already said earlier that launching the next generation "early" is the best choice Nintendo could have made, (Edit: yes, i did indeed say something about it :) but i'm still worried they'll manage to screw it up with some oddball decisions. The achievements comment certainly seems like a step in that direction =P

And as long as i'm talking about Nintendo, for those who care but haven't heard (presumably a small set?) Nintendo is going to be doing a live webcast of their E3 press conference. Usually i just follow the press conferences via various live bloggers, but i may end up taking some time off next tuesday so i can actually watch it. (How sad does that make me? =)
 
 
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Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on June 1st, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer: have not read article yet; should be working.

Friend codes are a humongous pain in the ass, but I thought the reasoning behind them was pretty obvious - heading off worries of parents buying systems for their 6-year-olds that they'll be chatted up by creepy adults online. Are there better solutions? Maybe. But XBox chat *is* pretty notorious for general vileness.

As for trophies/achievements, they're usually evil anyway. (They can be done well, in ways that really add play value, but as often as not they're just horrible time-sinks that viciously compel me to complete them.)

I'm also always amused at the amount of time, historically, people spend talking about all Nintendo's "failures" while more often than not they have at least one platform out at any given time that's more or less printing money.
DonAithnen: Games: Nintendodonaithnen on June 1st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)

The reasoning behind friend codes is obvious. The reasoning behind requiring a different friend code for each different game with each unique piece of hardware is incredibly baffling.

Achievements are evil, but that obviously doesn't mean that people don't want to do them, and given otherwise equal options between two systems, i think a fair number of people will go with the system that supports achievements.

Nintendo has always had one platform out that's been doing well, but that doesn't stop them from making stupid decisions, especially for the platforms that aren't kicking ass at the moment.

Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on June 1st, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Usually i just follow the press conferences via various live bloggers, but i may end up taking some time off next tuesday so i can actually watch it. (How sad does that make me? =)

I was just thinking how nice it would be to have that kind of luxury free time to follow those things. At least I've got friends who keep me connected. :-)

--Beth
DonAithnen: Games: Mario/Nintendodonaithnen on June 1st, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yup, it's nice to have five or six hours of luxury time every day... and about a dozen or more hours of luxury things i'd like to be doing for each of those days =P