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  1. I'm even more confident than you that I'm not their target market. However, that's not particularly helpful for Nintendo. The people that they're fishing for aren't biting, not in large numbers anyway. In the meantime, I wouldn't say that it's very hard to get me to buy a console, including Nintendo consoles. Nintendo games might not have huge appeal to me personally, but there's plenty of third party stuff that would push me towards buying a Wii U if it were exclusive. Looking through my post, nothing is there that's outrageously difficult. I'm asking for a sensible account system, not to be punished because I live in Europe, for Nintendo to find (or, if they have them already, tell me about) a few interesting uses for a Nintendo-designed controller that is the system's primary selling point, for online services that approach equivalence with 2010 Sony, and for Nintendo to release things when they promise to. If Nintendo can't deliver at least some of that, then I'm okay not being their target market, but a little bit puzzled as to why exactly they don't want me to be in that target.
  2. There's a few things that Nintendo could do to get me to buy a Wii U, but first, there is a mandatory prerequisite, which is the addition of a proper account system and the removal and repudiation of the idea that games should be tied to a single console. I will not be buying the console while that limitation is in place. Once NIntendo get past that hurdle, each of the things below would push me further towards a Wii U purchase: - the removal of region locking. I'm sure there's no real chance of this happening, but it would definitely make me feel better about a purchase. - interesting uses for the GamePad, in terms of interacting with the TV. I have virtually no interest in off-TV play and only very limited interest in using a separate screen for a map or inventory. The most interesting use I've seen or heard of is still ZombiU, and that's mainly interesting because it plays off the awkwardness of the controller. - more games, and different games. I'm not an easy target customer for Nintendo. My interest in Mario and Zelda and Mario Kart is rather limited - these are not games that I don't enjoy, just not games that I can imagine myself buying a console for. My interest in Pikmin and Smash Bros. is totally non-existent. The parts of the Nintendo library that I might be interested in - Metroid and F-Zero mainly - are stagnating. - friends with the console. Nintendo don't have much control over that, but it's a factor anyway. Nobody I know owns a Wii U or appears to have any intention of getting one. People talk about the PS4, the Xbox One, new phones, tablets, never the Wii U. It's clearly designed to form social experiences and that also, clearly, isn't working. - cross-platform Virtual Console (with developer-optional cross-platform purchases of eShop games). I know there's technical reasons making things difficult for 3DS Virtual Console purchases to work on Wii U and vice versa, but this is something Nintendo need to seriously think about. Purchases make more sense to me (and I am more likely to make those purchases) if they will work on more devices. - something like PlayStation Plus. I don't know if I'd find the time to play the games from two Plus-type subscriptions, but I'd probably want to try anyway. Plus is Sony's not-very-secret weapon and I can barely believe that Microsoft and Nintendo have let them get away with that for so long. Nintendo, who have several decades of good games to draw from, could especially benefit from something like Plus. - Nintendo to start keeping their promises in some kind of timely manner. Many games have been delayed. The promised interface updates were both delayed and the second one still hasn't appeared. People are still waiting for Miiverse on 3DS and smartphones. The eShop still doesn't have a web or mobile version despite that being promised ages ago. Nintendo don't seem very reliable. Excuses/explanations like "Nintendo underestimated HD development" don't exactly help either. That's about it. Nintendo probably wouldn't have to achieve all of that to get me buying, but they need to make a start on it. Price isn't massively important to me, although of course a lower price wouldn't exactly damage my chances of buying the machine.
  3. Eoin

    PlayStation 4 Console Thread

    While it's true that people shouldn't be thinking that a 2013 launch in Europe is completely set in stone, the PS3 launch delay in Europe was caused by both a component shortage (the blue-violet laser diodes required for the Blu-ray drive) and Sony's decision to nominate Europe as the sacrificial lamb. Similar component issues are unlikely this time around, and I suspect that Sony would probably be more inclined to sacrifice Japan this time - in Europe they get the Christmas sales (rather than leaving them to Microsoft), whereas in Japan Christmas is a much smaller factor, and Microsoft essentially aren't a factor at all.
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    Okay, what the actual fuck? All I am doing is pointing out unanswered questions, I did not expect to receive this level of patronising shite in return. Then you for some unknown reason say I'm "picking holes" as if trying to figure out how this all works is a bad thing. The reason that I'm not "satisfied" by any answer is that you haven't actually given any, and a secondary reason is that as I have repeatedly pointed out, I'm not actually looking for them anyway, I am just saying that there's unanswered questions. In fact, let me just clarify the whole thing down to something much simpler: there are a lot of unanswered questions. There. Can you accept that?
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    The questions are answerable, if you assume lots of things. If you don't assume those things, and instead go for the apparently shockingly unorthodox method of "going by what we actually know", then they're not answerable. No, because my point isn't disingenuous at all. I'm obviously not saying that, I'm saying - correctly - that there are unanswered questions. You cannot guarantee me that everything will work the same way that it does on the Xbox 360. I'm not saying that nothing will work the way it does on the Xbox 360, obviously, I'm saying that we cannot just assume that it does. You mean, again, if we assume things. I am not interested in assumptions. I am unsure why you keep offering them as if they are an answer. Assumption. What if someone else already owns that console? Can I change it? Can a console have two "owners"? What if I create a gamertag on a friend's machine? Again, because it seems you missed this: I am giving questions that we don't have actual answers to. I'm not expecting you, or anyone else (expect maybe Microsoft if we're lucky) to answer them. Again, that's assumption. It's probably correct, but it's not an answer. So you're somehow guaranteeing me that it won't pause, ask which gamertag from the console owns the disc, and register it to that? Perhaps they could comment on how individual publishers are going to handle fees based on the fact that they built the entire infrastructure that allows that to happen. At the absolute least, they could say whether there's a minimum fee, or a maximum fee, and what those fees are. Yeah, I guess you're right, we have no reason whatsoever to suspect that Microsoft would ever change any aspect of a DRM model that they've been using for seven years.
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    No, I am (obviously) not saying we shouldn't take that into account. I am saying, very clearly, that there are questions to which we don't have answers. "Let's assume for no reason that things will work just like they did on the Xbox 360" is not an answer. There have very clearly been really big changes from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One - so why wouldn't this aspect change too? If you can't flatly assure me that it'll work like it does on Xbox 360 (and you cannot), then the questions do not have confirmed answers, which is all that I am saying.
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    Here's a helpful little hint: if you're going to attempt to patronise someone, you should probably have half a clue what you're talking about first. I'm not talking about the Xbox 360, in this Xbox One topic, obviously. Why did you even bother with this nonsense answer? This solves (and answers) nothing at all. I was asking what happens, because there's a potential question about that. You're attempting to pretend that the situation could never arise, you're NOT answering the question. "Informed gamers" indeed. Well done. Just so you know, I'm not looking for answers, because there are none. That's the point of my post, which you missed in your rush to patronise people in defence of the Xbox One. I'm pointing out questions to which there's no actual answer, and pointing out how things worked on a different console in a silly hand-wavey manner doesn't, you might be surprised to learn, actually count as an answer.
  8. Eoin

    Xbox One Console Thread

    There are so many questions about this. - What is "my" console. How do Microsoft know it's "mine"? I get that this won't be an issue for many people, but how is ownership decided? First logon? First logon to specifically claim ownership? Or is there a registration that needs to be done? - How many consoles can be "my" console? Can I have just one? More? If I own two consoles is one of them viewed as not being mine and I need to have that connected every hour? - If I buy a game disc (new), how do Microsoft know that that's mine? Does it register automatically or do I need to manually tell Microsoft that I bought it? What if I play it on the wrong account, or take it to a friend's house and play it there (on their profile) before I play it on my console? - You can gift games to friends. What if I gift someone a game that they already own, for Christmas or whatever? Can I even do that? Will it tell me that they own it already? Or will it just happily transfer another useless license for the game to their account? - What will publishers charge as a fee for trading in a game? Can they charge whatever they like? Who pays that fee? I mean, obviously consumers pay it in some form, but who pays first? Is it the person trading in the game? The person buying it? - How about games that have been gifted? Can they then be traded in? Vice versa? This is meant to be a games console. It's meant to be no nonsense, easy to use, easy to understand, doesn't require a week-long course in the intricacies of the EULA before you really know what you can and can't do with your games. How can there be such obvious questions unanswered?
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    Aren't both widely expected to announce prices at E3? If so, then Microsoft pretty much have to blink first by default - their conference is before Sony's, and if they didn't announce a price that would be viewed negatively, and it's unclear to what extent Microsoft can afford any further negativity about their console. That would mean Sony get the benefit of seeing what price Microsoft announce and potentially tailoring their price to fit - matching or undercutting as they see fit (or as their budget allows).
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    Xbox One Console Thread

    Perhaps this? I don't know where some people are getting the idea that it's not a big console or that it's "smaller than the original 360". It's very obviously not.
  11. PSP games can happen, but they are very rare (for the European Plus service - a few of them have appeared on the North American one).
  12. Eoin

    Wii U

    They do get that. It's just that when they say "We didn't do a Wii U version because we couldn't think of any way to properly implement the GamePad to do the Wii U justice" (or whatever), what they really mean is "We're not touching the Wii U, it's too much of a bother for too few sales". They just don't say that, to avoid annoying Nintendo (and, to an extent, to avoid annoying Wii U owners). It's the "I'm sorry, I'm washing my hair tonight" of developer excuses.
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    SimCity 5 - What a load of rubbish

    They should review the product. Not one component of the product which has been severely hampered by the other - the whole thing. I would certainly hope so. Sympathy for developers is all well and good, but the reviewer's primary concern is (or should be) the people who'll be paying money for the game.
  14. Eoin

    Wii U

    CRT sales are irrelevant to 50Hz vs 60Hz though. When was the last time a CRT was sold in Europe that didn't support 60Hz? Even the low-budget 14-inch TV I got for Christmas in 1990 supported 60Hz - I cannot imagine there are new CRTs being sold that are 50Hz-only, and I can't imagine there's all that many Wii Us hooked up to ancient 50Hz-only TVs.
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    Wii U

    Yes, once the news is over, the mentality is to move onto the next announcement, which is why I said "not all at once". As for Nintendo's drip feeding, it has the silly effect of ensuring that nearly every Nintendo Direct gets hyped up and then is a let-down, with occasional exceptions like Wind Waker HD. You saw the reaction to that - pretty much universally positive, even though it was actually really an apology for having to soft-delay the new Zelda game. Nintendo created a hugely positive reaction by showcasing something in development, that people didn't know about, and you're telling me that's a "terrible move"? Imagine they got something like that reaction once every two weeks for a year? That'd be so terrible, would it?
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