Archive for May, 2011

DS Lite Price Drop: What Does It Mean?

News broke today that effective June 5th, Nintendo will be dropping the price of the DS Lite portable gaming console from $129.99 to $99.99. They also announced that they’re taking some Mario games and putting them in red boxes so you can pick them out of the crowd, but really, who cares about that? (Sorry, I really don’t.)

What interests me, obviously, is the console price drop. Clearly, this was planned; June 5th is the day before E3, after all. The real question is this: why drop the price?

Well, there could be several reasons. As the PlayStation 2 has proven, putting out a successor console doesn’t mean that the original is obsolete. Only recently have we seen a noticable decline in PS2 sales, even with the PlayStation 3 on the market for years. Why? Well, there are still a lot of great games on the PS2, and it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a PS3.

So, let’s look this price drop from that perspective. The Nintendo 3DS is our successor console in this instance. While it is indeed the newest portable gaming console that Nintendo has given us, it’s much more expensive than any of the DS models out there, and there has been a plethora of complaints about the eye strain the 3DS’ 3D effects have been giving players. I myself tried a 3DS twice, and was unable to play for longer than about 45 seconds before my eyes started to water and I felt a headache coming on.

Well, in this instance, the DS Lite isn’t much different from the PS2. It may be an older console, but there are still games being produced for it, there’s still a solid market for it, and, of course, the price is a lot nicer than that of the 3DS. There has been rumors for some time now that Nintendo was doing away with the DS Lite altogether, but this news shows that we were clearly mistaken.

Besides it still being a logical way for Nintendo to make money, I have another idea as to why the DS Lite is being kept around and marked down in price. The 3DS probably hasn’t quite lived up to the success that Nintendo thought it would. If this is the case, why throw away a perfectly good avenue to make money? Rather than this being a sign of the original DS consoles still being relevent, this may be a sign that the 3DS is having a harder time in the market than we think. Could it be possible that the 3DS came into the market too soon? Perish the thought! (My opinion: Yes. Yes it has.)

I could also be horribly wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Share your opinions on the topic here! And if you don’t own a DS yet, now is the time to go get one! I’m going to go home tonight and snuggle with my original fat DS and play 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. ‘Cause that’s how I roll.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – E3!

It’s that time of the year again!

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner! From June 6th-9th, the biggest names in gaming will be at E3, showing the gaming world what they have to offer. I always get so, so excited when E3 comes along, moreso than most others, I think. This caused me to pause and think about what it is that really excites me so much about E3.

I think part of it is a bit of nostalgia. The 6 1/2 months that I was out of work was the hardest time of my entire life. I felt depressed, stressed, and a billion other things. However, it did afford me a great deal of free time. So, when E3 2009 came along, I saw it as a distraction. I’d never watched or kept up on E3 coverage before, but I became enthralled with it, so much so that I brought the idea up to Ernie of Out-Of-Time Productions that we should do an E3 special. He liked the idea, and we’ve been doing them ever since. Having to do the research for these specials got me deeper and deeper into the video game industry, and I became crazy about it.

So, whenever E3 rolls around, I think of 2009. I think of how great it was to have something positive to concentrate on, how much fun it was to film our E3 special, and how enthralled I became with the video game industry. It is, of course, a different experience for me now that I have a full-time job. I can’t watch the coverage in real-time, so I have to wait until I come home from work and for a website to upload the panels and information. This makes the nights during E3 incredibly hectic, but nonetheless fun. I love E3, and no matter what goes on at the expo, just being in the midst of it makes me feel energized and excited.

And if you’re wondering, yes, OOTP will be doing an E3 special this year. Stay tuned here, I’ll post our podcast special for this year here, as well as a post on my own personal thoughts on E3.

Also, if you’re curious about our previous E3 specials, you can always check them out on our YouTube channel here.

Addendum 6/1/11 – Here is a list of when each company’s conference will be taking place:

June 6th, 2011

  • Microsoft Press Conference – 9:30am PST (12:30pm EST)
  • EA Press Conference – 12:30pm PST (3:30pm EST)
  • Ubisoft Press Conference – 2:30pm PST (5:30pm EST)
  • Sony Press Conference – 5:00pm PST (8:00pm EST)

June 7th, 2011

  • Nintendo Press Conference – 9:00am PST (12:00pm EST)

In case you’re wondering, most of these conferences will last anywhere from an hour to two hours. However, Sony has announced that their conference will be five hours long. Rumor has it that those five hours will comprise of a standard conference followed by a ‘special event’. Being that it starts at 8:00pm my time, I can tell you that I’m so looking forward to staying up until 1:00am listening to Sony apologize for getting hacked, and then waking up a few hours later for work. Should be a blast.

If you want to watch the action live yourself, or just keep yourself up-to-date on the latest news coming out of E3, check out these sites that are constantly streaming the conferences and updating with the latest news, interviews, and more:

Feel free to leave comments and tell me what you’re most looking forward to seeing, or hope to see, at this year’s expo. Hope you all enjoy E3!

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Recent Anime News That Matters (To Me)

It’s been incredibly slow around these parts, so to kick things up a little bit, I’ve decided to share some recent anime news that’s caught my eye, along with my thoughts on it. Feel free to comment on these pieces of news, as well as with your own!

DMI Tells Amazon to Go F**k Itself!

Okay, not really. However, Digital Manga, Inc. has decided to give some of their manga titles to Kobo Books, an e-reader service, after Amazon updated Kindle’s Publishing Terms and Conditions to say that pornographic material is not allowed on the Kindle. After changing the Terms and Conditions, Amazon took DMI’s yaoi manga off of Kindle, and then subsequently denied their other manga submissions.

It’s nice to see that manga is finding a home on any e-reader, but it still perplexes me as to why it has to be yaoi. Sigh.

Fangirl Yaoi Bait Goes Live!

I have to admit, I definitely jumped for joy on Thursday when it was announced that July’s issue of LaLa Magazine announced that there will be a live-action show based off of the popular manga and anime Ouran High School Host Club.

I’m a big fan of the show, so I’m rather curious to see how this turns out. They seem to have nabbed some quality talent, such as Haruna Kawaguchi and Yūsuke Yamamoto, who will be playing Haruhi and Tamaki, respectively, so I’m hoping it shines like it should. We won’t have to wait long to see, either; the show will be airing in July in Japan.

Shounen Goodness, MMO Style!

Sega and Beijing Perfect World Network Technology have announced that a Saint Seiya MMO is in the works! There is no word yet on which countries will be able to enjoy the game, but they did confirm that they will begin testing the game in China sometime before the end of the year.

I am extremely excited for this, but cautiously so, since I am highly doubt that this game will make it to America. However, as an avid fan of Saint Seiya, I’m happy to see so much interest in the project.

4Kids Acts Like It Matters!

Oh, you.

4Kids has submitted a motion in it’s bankruptcy proceeding to disallow the co-licensor of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise to take control of the license, specifically for the upcoming series Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. They want to put more work into proving that their license is still valid before allowing it to be taken from them.

Now, I work at a law firm, and while I’m not an expert, I can comfortably say that I would bet that this isn’t going to work. They pleaded to the judge to speed up the process for a hearing on their motion to protect the YGO license, which was a pretty poor move on their part, in my opinion. Each party in a court proceeding has every right to the time allotted by law to give a rebuttal to court papers that are filed, and it’s ridiculous to think that they could convince the court to ignore that in their favor.

Being that 4Kids has been on a downward spiral for some time now, I think they need to be exceedingly careful here, and they don’t seem to be doing that. Only time will tell how this pans out.

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